Sanath Jayasuriya, Geoff Boycott and Sachin Tendulkar. An impressive three names at the top of the list of oldest players to score an ODI century. Today, Khurram Khan goes ahead of them on the list, having become the first player over 40 to make an ODI century in the second ODI against Afghanistan.
Khan, who was in San Francisco on his regular Emirates Airlines job just three days ago, won the toss and chose to field first at the ICC Academy. Usman Ghani was caught behind early on before Nawroz Mangal and Afsar Zazai put on 103 for the second wicket, the partnership ending when Zazai was out for 51.
Mangal stayed in until the penultimate over, scoring 129 from 123 balls, but there was no other big partnership. Mangal's century was Afghanistan's highest ODI score. The next highest score was Samiullah Shenwari's 25. Krishna Karate was the pick of the UAE bowlers with 3-45.
The UAE reply started with both openers getting out for single figure scores. But Mohammad Shahzad and Khurram Khan proceeded to put on 160 for the third wicket, taking the game away from Afghanistan, before Shahzad was out for 79 in the 33rd over.
Khurram Khan, kept plugging away, bringing up his century in the 40th over. He eventually scored an unbeaten 132 as his team completed a six wicket win in the 49th over of their run chase.
The sides will meet again on Tuesday - the UAE national day - for the third ODI of the fourth match series. With UAE now on nine wins in ten one-day matches against the Afghans, Afghanistan will be keen to get off the mark in this series.
United Arab Emirates beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets
ICC Academy, Dubai, 30 November
Afghanistan 280-8 (50 overs, Nawroz Mangal 129, Afsar Zazai 51)
United Arab Emirates 282-4 (48.2 overs, Khurram Khan 132*, Mohammad Shahzad 79)