Kuwait v Qatar at Bayumas Oval

Kuwait turned in a thoroughly solid performance to defeat Qatar by six wickets and advance to the semi-finals.

It was a total team effort made more worthy of acclaim due to the absence of their leading batsman, opener Omer Salahuddin. Everyone in the Kuwait team chipped in with significant performances. Bowling first, Kuwait made a vital breakthrough by having Tamoor Sajjad caught behind for a duck, stifled by the bowlers’ off-stump line.

Sajjad’s colleagues all made starts and found the boundary at regular intervals but were unable to capitalise against some disciplined Kuwait bowling. Off-spinner Navtej Singh coming on in the 11th over made a crucial breakthrough by having Qatar’s captain Deon Britto caught off a mistimed drive at mid-on. Britto with 97 runs in the tournament up to that point, departed for 16 off 19 deliveries.



Kuwait’s Navtej Singh
picked up his second Man
of the Match Award for
the Tournament

In tandem with tall fast-bowler Jasim Shahzad, Singh put the brakes on the Qatar innings as between them they bowled fifteen overs for just 32 runs. Singh turned the ball close to a Murali-mile at times and took 5-21 off his allotted nine overs.

Qatar were all out for 124 in the 40th over setting Kuwait a very gettable target.

Qatar’s opening bowlers hurled themselves with a fury at Kuwait’s batsmen who held firm and fought back fire with fire. Opener Raza Ali’s pull to mid-wicket in the third over emphatically let Qatar know that Kuwait weren’t going to block and glance their way to victory. Raza built a vital 55-run stand with fellow-opener Mitesh Chadha. Though the openers were both then dismissed within three balls of each other to bring Qatar back into the game, the rest of Kuwait’s batsmen held firm and took their side home for the loss of just two more wickets, in the 41st over.

Scorecard

Filed August 11 2005