The match between Afghanistan and Nepal tomorrow looks set to decide which team will qualify for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup after both teams won again yesterday at the ACC Under-19 Premier League in Kuwait.
Afghanistan batted first after winning the toss against Saudi Arabia and scored quickly at the start of their innings with Shahidullah and Hazratullah Zazai putting on 64 for the first wicket in the first six overs. The run rate slowed down eventually, but not significantly enough for the Saudi's liking.
Tariq Stanikzai top scored for the Afghans with 67 at exactly a run a ball before he was out at the end of the 30th over. Saudi Arabia did manage to bowl Afghanistan out, but not before they'd scored 326. Faisal Khan was the pick of the bowlers with 4-58.
Saudi Arabia offered almost no resistance when it was their turn to bat, with 26 runs of their total of 49 coming in extras. Naveen-ul-Haq blazed through the top order, taking 6-17 as Afghanistan completed a 277 run win.
Over at the Tack-Tec ground, Nepal survived an almighty scare against Malaysia. Batting first, they were bowled out for just 115 in 40 overs, with captain Raju Rijal the only batsmen to make any sort of significant contribution. He scored 39 before he was run out, whilst Vriandeep Singh was the pick of the bowlers with 3-16.
Fortunately for Nepal though, Malaysia batted even worse, with Anwar Rahman's 33 the only score in double figures. Arjun Chapagain took 3-14 as Malaysia were bowled out for 62 to lose by 53 runs.
Hosts Kuwait took on the UAE this morning and batted first after they lost the toss. Mohammed Ali batted well for them scoring 56 from just 39 balls. Unfortunately though, no other batsman was able to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 89, Aaron Kattampally and Simon Charles both taking three wickets.
The UAE chased down their target in 20 overs to win by 8 wickets. Riyan Mohammed led the way for them, scoring 51 before being run out.
The tournament will continue tomorrow with Afghanistan set to meet Nepal in a match almost certain to decide which team qualifies for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. Malaysia will play Saudi Arabia in the day's other match.
Afghanistan Under-19s beat Saudi Arabia Under-19s by 277 runs
Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City, 12 November
Afghanistan Under-19s 326 (47.1 overs, Tariq Stanikzai 67, Rashid Khan 48, Faisal Khan 4-58)
Saudi Arabia Under-19s 26 (21.1 overs, Naveen-ul-Haq 6-17)
Nepal Under-19s beat Malaysia Under-19s by 53 runs
Tack-Tec Ground, Kuwait City, 12 November
Nepal Under-19s 115 (40 overs, R Rijal 39, Virandeep Singh 3-16)
Malaysia Under-19s 62 (30.4 overs, A Chapagain 3-14)
Kuwait Under-19s lost to UAE Under-19s by 8 wickets
Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City, 13 November
Kuwait Under-19s 89 (17.3 overs, M Ali 56, S Charles 3-15, A Kattampally 3-34)
UAE Under-19s 90-2 (20 overs, Riyan Mohammed 51)