Bahrain v Oman at Bayumas Oval

Bahrain reached the quarter-finals of the ACC U-17 Cup with a hard-fought victory against Oman.

Bahrain, with seven batsmen making just ten runs between them were indebted to their openers Mathias and Singh as well as middle-order pair Jasnaik and Sen who shared a vital 38-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Oman’s bowlers were always threatening a breakthrough but at critical moments a wide would inevitable be bowled and the pressure released on the batsmen. Bahrain inched to 99 with just two boundaries in the whole innings by the time they were all out in the 35th over.

Oman will be disappointed with the way they collapsed in their innings, for they are a far more talented batting side than their result in this match suggested.

Bahrain, knowing that they needed a victory to advance in the competition, were disciplined in the field. Their bowlers bowled straight and kept the ball up to the bat, rarely allowing Oman’s batsman any freedom to play. Oman wilted under the pressure somewhat, and once opener Ankur Nagpal (26 off 69 deliveries) was bowled by Danish Jasnaik to have Oman reeling at 66 for 8, the game was all but over.

Scorecard

Filed August 9 2005