Bhutan v Saudi Arabia at Bayumas Oval

Atmospheric conditions caused a delay to the start of the match but in no way interrupted the Saudi innings once it got under way. In a game reduced to 35 overs a side, Saudi captain Shoib Ali and fellow-opener Rizwan Manzoor racked up a 50-stand in the seventh over. Manzoor and subsequent batsmen fell to some sloppy shots as Bhutan showed tremendous heart in the field, even as the ball kept racing to all areas.

Shoib Ali, having been out for a duck the day before against Singapore, would have been glad to have got some runs under his belt and a century was his for the taking until he fell lbw to a yorker from Jigme Sinye at the start of the 33rd over with the score at 224. He had made 93 off 73 deliveries. The Saudi innings closed on 252 for 6.

Bhutan in reply, struggled against some hostile new-ball bowling from Mohamamd Sufiyan and Osama Haris and nly the ever-valiant Tashi and Sonam Tobgay were able to withstand the onslaught. Bhutan were all out for 47 in the 22nd over.


Filed August 7 2005