Afghanistan and Nepal showed their dominance over their regional rivals at Under-19 level today in Kuwait as they both recorded big wins in the ACC Under-19 Premier League.
Batting first after winning the toss against the UAE, Afghanistan scored rapidly throughout their innings. They were on 94 when the third wicket fell in the 13th over, and this brought Waheedullah Shafaq to the crease to join Tariq Stanikzai. The pair proceeded to put on 188 for the fourth wicket before Shafaq was dismissed for 87.
Stanikzai batted until the end of the innings, scoring 160 from just 119 balls, hitting 13 sixes in the process. The final Afghan total was 389-7 from their 50 overs.
Only two UAE batsmen were able to reach double figures in reply as they were bowled out for just 83, losing by 306 runs. Naveen-ul-Haq was the pick of the Afghan bowlers with 4-22.
Nepal were put into bat against Kuwait after losing the toss, and started their innings badly, quickly finding themselves on 9-3. The middle order recovered well though, with Aarif Sheikh, fresh from the senior side's WCL3 campaign, top scoring with 87. Saurav Khanal and Dipendra Airee cut loose in the final seven overs, taking the score from 223-6 to 325-7. Khanal scored 64 not out from 35 balls, whilst Airee hit 48 from 20.
The hosts offered little resistance in reply and were bowled out for 63 to lose by 262 runs. Only three of their batsmen were able to reach double figures.
The tournament will continue tomorrow with Kuwait and UAE hoping to bounce back when they take on Malaysia and Saudi Arabia respectively.
Afghanistan Under-19s beat UAE Under-19s by 306 runs
Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City, 10 November
Afghanistan Under-19s 389-7 (50 overs, Tariq Stanikzai 160*, Waheedullah Shafaq 87, Hazratullah Zazai 45, W Perera 3-81)
UAE Under-19s 83 (31.3 overs, Naveen-ul-Haq 4-22)
Kuwait Under-19s lost to Nepal Under-19s by 262 runs
Doha Entertainment City Ground, Kuwait City, 10 November
Nepal Under-19s 325-7 (50 overs, Aarif Sheikh 87, S Khanal 64*, S Sunar 49)
Kuwait Under-19s 63 (27.4 overs)