Uganda top-order batsmen made valuable contributions to finish the second day at 229-3 in 74 overs in the ICC Intercontinental Shield game against hosts UAE played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Chasing UAE's 361, openers Roger Mukasa (46) and Arthur Kyobe (49) began briskly to lift the score to 77-1. Skipper Akbar Baig then chipped with a valuable half century and was joined by wicket-keeper-batsman Lawrence Sematimba who added an unbeaten 72 to place the team in a dominant position.
UAE Bowlers Amjad Javed, Arshad Ali and Fayyaz Ahmed shared a wicket each.
Earlier, UAE was dismissed in 117.2 overs with Naeemuddin Aslam's knock of 152 runs being the mainstay of the innings. Frank Nsubuga was the pick of the bowlers taking figures of 3-76 and also coordinating a run-out with keeper Lawrence Sematimba to dismiss Amjad Jawed for 15 runs. Dennis Tabby, who claimed the dangerous wicket of the UAE skipper, and Ronald Ssemanda shared two wickets apiece.
The two teams fight it out with the winner claiming the top spot in the ICC Intercontinental Shield standings. Uganda is currently top of the table at 20 points after an outright win over Bermuda by seven wickets in August 2009 while UAE is second after its win over Namibia by four wickets in December.
The four-team ICC Intercontinental Shield competition will see a final played in Dubai from 25-28 November 2010.