Group B: Kuwait v UAE at Tribhuvan University Ground


Kuwait confirmed their title-contender credentials with an assured victory over the UAE by 43 runs.

Kuwait’s captain Sibtain Raza had a big influence on the match. Having scored a well-composed 47 bating first, he then reeled off 10 immaculate overs for just 16 runs, picking up three wickets just when the UAE were looking to accelerate in the middle of their innings.

Around their captain Kuwait’s other batsmen made important contributions and as well as the UAE bowled and fielded they just couldn’t quite impose themselves enough on Kuwait.

Chasing 246, UAE would have been confident but a disastrous mix-up in the opening over saw Sibtain Raza running out the UAE’s Vivek Thomas and thereafter none of the UAE batsmen could quite break free of the shackles imposed by Kuwait’s varied bowling attack. Kaizad Anklesaria made a worthy undefeated half-century but the runs never came quite fast enough as he saw a steady stream of wickets fall at the other end.

Barring the upset of upsets, Kuwait, with only Iran left to play in their group have qualified for the quarter-finals, while the match between the UAE and Afghanistan on the 15th will decide who qualifies with them for the next round.

Filed November 11 2005