ACC Under-19 Championship - Day Five report
After a day of rain on Thursday, Friday's play in Malaysia got back to normal as all four matches were played to a completion.
Qatar won the toss and chose to bat against Kuwait. An innings of 53 from Kamran Khan led them to a total of 203 before they were dismissed with 3 balls left in their 50 overs. Abdul Rehman Liaqat was the pick of the Qatar bowlers with 4/27. The match proved to be a close one, as Kuwait reached 191 before their last batsman was run out in the 47th over. Qatar wicket-keeper Faheem Sajjad was awarded the man of the match title for his excellent wicket-keeping performance which saw him take five catches and concede no byes and just one leg-bye.
The UAE were put into bat by Oman, and 60 from Shihan Dharmasena led them to a total of 227 all out. Oman never looked like getting to their target, and a five wicket haul from Owais Hameed decimated the Omani lower order and they were bowled out for 131 in the 47th over, UAE winning by 96 runs.
Singapore batted first against Thailand, and their total of 220/4 was dominated by one performance, namely 115 from 129 balls by Anish Param. It wasn't all boundaries from him either, as 79 of those runs were run, only 36 coming in boundaries. Nishadh Rego scored 56 for Thailand, but his team mates could not stay with him and they were bowled out for 147 with three balls left in their innings, Singapore winning by 73 runs.
Afghanistan were put into bat by Hong Kong, and their innings was built around a 52 run partnership between Noor Ul-Haq and Obaidullah Kunari. Kunari was eventually dismissed for 44, but Ul-Haq continued and eventually reached 64 as the Afghans scored 189 before losing their final wicket with two balls left. Hong Kong's reply started terribly as they were reduced to 21/3 inside the first ten overs, but a 55 run partnership led by Robert Bacon's 47 recovered the innings. But the Hong Kong lower order had no answer to the bowling of Izatullah Khan who took 4/19 to lead his team to a 17 run win, securing Afghanistan's place in the semi-final with a game still to play.