The ACC Under-19 Premier League got underway today in Kuwait, with Afghanistan and Nepal both starting well with big wins over Malaysia and Saudi Arabia respectively. The tournament was initially set to start on Friday, but visa problems for almost all the visiting teams meant the start was delayed by two days.
Malaysia batted first after winning the toss against Afghanistan. Playing against a team that recently won a series against Pakistan, Malaysia struggled, with only two batsmen able to reach double figures. Rashid Khan took 6-13 as Malaysia were bowled out for 101. Virandeep Singh top scored with 30.
Afghanistan had no trouble at all chasing down their target, winning by ten wickets in less than ten overs. Hazratullah Zazai top scored as he smashed 66 from just 36 balls.
The other match of the day saw Nepal take on Saudi Arabia. Put into bat, Nepal scored 321 before they were bowled out just short of their full quota of 50 overs. Shankar Rana top scored for them with 89, sharing in a 149 run partnership for the third wicket with Raju Rijal.
Saudi Arabia started their run chase well, with the opening pair of Faisal Khan and Sameer Hakeem putting on 50 in 9 overs before Khan was out for 41. Hakeem went on to top score with 43, but the Saudis collapsed from 88-1 to 126 all out as they lost by 195 runs.
The tournament will continue tomorrow with Afghanistan taking on UAE, and Nepal playing hosts Kuwait.
Afghanistan Under-19s beat Malaysia Under-19s by 10 wickets
Doha Entertainment City Ground, Kuwait City, 9 November
Malaysia Under-19s 101 (36.1 overs, Rashid Khan 6-13)
Afghanistan Under-19s 105-0 (9.3 overs, Hazratulllah Zazai 66*)
Nepal Under-19s beat Saudi Arabia Under-19s by 195 runs
Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City
Nepal Under-19s 321 (49.5 overs, S Rana 89, R Rijal 49, D Airee 42)
Saudi Arabia Under-19s 126 (37.5 overs, Sameer Hakeem 43, Faisal Khan 41, S Kandel 3-25)