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Arjun Mutreja hooks on his way to 92 against Bhutan

Singapore hit one of their highest ever totals in ACC competition when they posted a massive 388 for 9 against Bhutan in the latest round of ACC Elite League matches. The foundation of Singapore's score was an opening partnership of 197 between Arjun Mutreja (92 off 67 balls, fourteen 4s and one 6) and Rezza Gaznavi (96 off 83 balls, seven 4s and six 6s) in just 24.1 overs. A total threatening the Singapore record of 440 but Bhutan's bowlers and fielders chipped away with off-spinner Tenzin Wangchuk taking 6 for 73 in his 10 overs. In reply Bhutan struggled to 106 all out in 45.3 overs, with Amjad Mahboob taking 3-17. The win puts Singapore back in contention for a top of the table finish when the tournament concludes after two more matches, on Friday.

Saudi Arabia's Shahbaz Rasheed in the runs

Unbeaten after three matches Saudi Arabia currently sit at the top of the table and they cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Bahrain at the Indian Association Ground. Saudi Arabia took the ball after winning the toss and seamers Ibarul Haq (4 for 42) and Mohammad Nadeem (2 for 21) made good use of the conditions to constantly peg back Bahrain for whom Mirza Yaqoob top-scored with 51 off 86 deliveries with three 4s and two 6s. Saudi Arabia overhauled Bahrain's 159 with seven wickets in hand and almost 15 overs remaining thanks primarily to opener Abdul Waheed's undefeated 75 off 113 deliveries (six 4s, two 6s) and Shahbaz Rasheed's 47 off 72 (five 4s, two 6s).

Kuwait's bowlers delivered a 57-run win against Maldives

Kuwait needing a win to remain in contention for the Elite League title and thus promotion to the ACC Premier League were indebted to their bowlers for their victory over Maldives. Maldives bowled and fielded very well to have the Gulf side under considerable pressure throughout their innings and from 96 for 7 only the highest-partnership of the innings, the one for the last wicket between Faizan Ali and Abdullah Akhundzada of 32 got them up to 153. Hassan Ibrahim and Abdullah Shahid both took three wickets. Maldives would have expected to win but Kuwait's new ball bowlers ripped out the top order for whom only Mohamed Rishwan with 39 stood firm until eighth man out. Faizan Ali bowling with pace and swing took 3 for 31, and with support from fellow paceman Mudassar Ali and the spinners, was able to help his team bowl out Maldives for 96.

The ACC Elite League continues on Wednesday.

Photos by Mithilesh Mishra

ACC Elite League 2014, Day 3:

Bahrain v Saudi Arabia at IA
Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to field
Bahrain: 159 all out off 42.5 overs (M.Yaqoob 51; I.Haq 4-42)
Saudi Arabia: 161 for 3 off 35.3 overs (A.Waheed 75*, S.Rasheed 47)
Man of the Match: Abdul Waheed (Saudi Arabia)

Kuwait v Maldives at Kallang
Maldives won the toss and elected to field
Kuwait: 153 all out off 48.1 overs (I.Hassan 3-21, A.Shahid 3-27)
Maldives: 96 all out off 27.5 overs (M.Rishwan 39; F.Ali 3-31)
Man of the Match: Faizan Ali (Kuwait)

Singapore v Bhutan at SCC
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 388 for 9 off 50 overs (A.Mutreja 92, R.Gaznavi 96, C.Ruwan 32, A.Singh 42, D.Mulewa 57*; T.Wangchuk 6-73)
Bhutan: 106 all out off 45.3 overs (A.Mahboob 3-17)
Man of the Match: Rezza Gaznavi (Singapore)

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Filed June 10th, 2014

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