Eight wickets for Aftab Alam gives Afghans an easy win
Day three of the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup saw a remarkable display of fast bowling from Afghanistan's Aftab Alam against Oman, with Hong Kong also winning.
In the match between Oman and Afghanistan in Bangkok, Oman captain Chirag Asher won the toss and chose to bat first. If he wasn't thinking that he'd made the wrong choice when Yamin Ahmadzai bowled Abishek Ramesh in the second over of the innings, he certainly was once Aftab Alam got going.
Alam blitzed through the Oman batting line-up, and when he'd finished his ten over spell he had taken eight wickets for just twelve runs, a display of fast bowling described later by former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad as "fantastic". Mohibullah Paak then took the last wicket, that of Sweerith Sajeevan, who had stood form as Alam wreaked havoc, but only made 19 runs from 109 balls.
Oman had scored just 59, and this was no problem for Afghanistan, who made the required runs in 12.3 overs to win by nine wickets. Aftab Alam was the obvious choice for the man of the match award.
In the other match of the day, at Chiang Mai, Hong Kong chose to bat first against Singapore. They struggled somewhat with the bat, with only two batsmen getting starts, and were bowled out for 157, Varun Sivaram taking 4-27. But Singapore were just as ineffective, making only 111 before they were bowled out, Niaz Ali and Nizakat Khan both taking three wickets.
Today's two winning teams will be in action again tomorrow, with Hong Kong playing Qatar at Chiang Mai. The game of the day will no doubt between the two form teams of the tournament in Bangkok with Afghanistan taking on Nepal.