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Saeed, Rasheed star in massive win for Saudi Arabia

Duo hit centuries to propel team to 438, before Bhutan crumbles to 300-run defeat; Singapore and Maldives also register wins

Saeed, Rasheed star in massive win for Saudi Arabia - Cricket News
Singapore beats Kuwait by 20 runs in a closely-contested game.
Hammad Saeed and Shahbaz Rasheed smashed centuries in Saudi Arabia’s crushing win over Bhutan, to emerge the star performers on Day 2 of the 2014 Asian Cricket Council Elite League in Singapore. The duo added 230 runs for the third wicket as Saudi Arabia posted 438 for 4 after choosing to bat first at the Padang ground on Sunday (June 8).
 
While chasing the large target, Bhutan was bowled out for just 138 in 41.5 overs as Saudi Arabia completed a mammoth 300-run victory.
 
Saeed and Rasheed came together in the tenth over, after Ibrarul Haq was run out for 49, with the team on 92. Both men stayed together for 30.4 overs, in a partnership that included 160 runs in boundaries.
 
Saeed was finally out in the 41st over for 181 off 121 balls, when Sanjeevan Gurung caught him off Tenzin Wangchuk. His innings consisted of 19 fours and nine sixes.
 
Rasheed continued to play his shots with Afzal Saleem, the captain, for company, as Saudi Arabia made 122 runs in the last ten overs. Rasheed fell for a 115-ball 108 with three balls left in the innings while Saleem remained unbeaten on 76 off just 32 balls.
 
Kinley Penjor bore the brunt of Saudi Arabia’s batting onslaught, giving away 84 runs in six overs.
 
In the chase, none of the Bhutanese batsmen got going except for Sonam Tobgay, who made 55. Mohammad Nadeem finished with three wickets as Saudi Arabia registered its second win in two days, having beaten Singapore on Saturday.
  
Elsewhere at the Kallang ground, Singapore put up an all-round show to beat Kuwait by 20 runs in a tight game.
 
Put into bat, Singapore started steadily with partnerships of 33, 38 and 50 for the first three wickets but failed to sustain the momentum. It was bowled out for 216 in 49.4 overs. Kuwait remained in the hunt during its reply, but was bowled out for 196 in 38.4 overs.
 
Chaminda Kumarage anchored Singapore’s innings with a knock of 52 but was run out in the 36th over. It triggered a collapse and Hisham Mirza benefitted with three wickets against his name.  
 
Kuwait lost two early wickets in its chase before Mohammed Irfan and Mohammed Ghulam steadied the innings with a 66-run stand.
 
Mulewa Dharmichand, who has played first-class cricket for Karnataka in the past, provided the breakthrough in the 12th over when Irfan was bowled for a 41-ball 72. Kuwait was reduced to 165 for 9 when Abdul Jabar and Faizan Ali got together. They added 31 runs for the tenth wicket to keep the team’s hopes alive before Faizan became Abhiraj Singh’s fifth wicket, the Mumbai-born left-arm spinner finishing with figures of 5 for 42. Dharmichand picked up three wickets as the home team registered its first win of the competition.
 
Over at the Indian Association Ground, Abdullah Shahid’s 57 and Mohamed Mahfooz’s four-wicket haul gave Maldives an eight-wicket win over Bahrain.
 
After electing to bat first, Bahrain started steadily but could not put up partnerships and was bowled out for 130 in 47.3 overs. Maldives then chased down the target of 131 in 39.2 overs.
 
In Bahrain’s innings, Mirza Baig made 35 but as many as six batsmen got dismissed for single-digit scores. Mahfooz returned figures of 4 for 16 and was well supported by the remaining bowlers.
 
The tone of Maldives’ chase was set by the opening pair of Shahid and Ahmed Hasan, who put on 81 runs in 18.4 overs before Azeem ul Haq accounted for Shahid.
 
Hasan remained unbeaten on 41 and shared an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 42 runs with Shafraz Jaleel to finish the game with 64 balls to spare.

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