Nepal kept up the pressure on United Arab Emirates (UAE) on another action-packed day at the U19 CWC Asia Qualifier - Division One.
MALAYSIA VS KUWAIT – KINRARA OVAL
Third-placed Kuwait won the toss and elected to bat first, and racked up 228 thanks to a century from Meet Bhavsar, the first ton of the tournament. There was able support throughout the batting order, with five of his team-mates making it into double figures, though that none made it past 30 underlined the importance of Bhavsar’s effort.
Malaysia started strongly with Wan Amirul and Aslam Khan adding 69 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Noman Budroo off Abdul Sadiq for 26. From then on, Aslam waged a lone fight as wickets fell regularly. None of the next seven batsman could make it into double figures and at 148/8 Malaysia looked out of it. Haiqal Khair added an unbeaten 21 to give his side hope, but when Aslam’s resistance was finally ended for a totemic 91, the game was all but finished, and Sadiq’s fourth wicket wrapped up the result, Kuwait victorious by 43 runs. Centurion Bhavsar was anointed Player of the Match.
UAE VS SINGAPORE – BAYUEMAS OVAL
Table-toppers UAE took on Singapore in the 11th match of the qualifier, winning the toss and electing to field first and they got off to a near-perfect start, reducing their opponents to 5/3 inside five overs. I Sawney initially started strongly, scoring 19 of the first 23 of his side’s runs, but was pinned LBW by Muhammad Farazuddin soon after the initial Powerplay ended. VC Mehta and R Sharma added 76 to drag their side to three figures, but from 100/4 Singapore collapsed, ending 134 all out.
UAE knocked off the runs with little fuss, losing only opener Syed Haider LBW to Sawney for a 42-ball 33. Captain Aryan Lakra batted through for a half-century, while V Aravind also remained unbeaten as UAE won by nine wickets with 142 balls remaining. For his 56* and 2/23, Lakra was adjudged Player of the Match.
OMAN VS NEPAL – SELANGOR TURF CLUB
Fourth-placed Oman won the toss and elected to bowl against second-placed Nepal, and began strongly, with Musahir Raza pinning opener P Sharaf LBW for 5 with the final ball of his first over. Oman continued to plug away, striking regularly to reduce Nepal to 81/5, before captain Rohit Paudel and B Sharki put together the partnership that defined the game, adding 92 for the sixth wicket.
Both fell in quick succession – Paudel for 75 and Shakri for 39 – and Oman struck twice more soon after, reducing Nepal from 173/5 to 178/9. Any hopes they had of keeping their opponents under 200 evaporated however as No.10 Pratis GC smashed 41 off 23 balls, with two fours and four sixes. He was dismissed with Nepal having made 229.
Oman batted out the first 10 overs cautiously, Adeel Abbas and Azam Ali adding just 20 runs before the former was caught by Sharki off Sarraf for 8. Wickets then started to tumble as Oman slid to 46/8. Nos. 9 and 10 AS Sirah and JY Tanna each made 13 as Oman batted out the next 10 overs without further loss, but they were merely delaying the inevitable, and Nepal finally confirmed a 150-run victory, Oman having batted out 44.1 overs for their 79 all out. Paudel was awarded the Player of the Match for his half-century.
Live scoring of all matches will be available on https://www.icc-cricket.com/u19-world-cup/qualifiers/asia
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