Singapore's storming win over Bahrain at the Kallang, bowling out the Gulf state for 86 and then knocking off the runs inside seven overs not only boosted their overall tournament run-rate, it meant that they have a chance of winning the inaugural ACC Elite League event when it concludes on Friday. Kuwait's big win over Bhutan mean that they have a chance of catching Saudi Arabia who remain unbeaten after their win over Maldives.
Singapore's off-spinner Dharmichand Mulewa did most of the damage in the morning, taking four Bahrain wickets for just 10 runs in seven overs, among an excellent performance by the rest of his team in the field. Going into bat, conscious of the need to boost their Net Run Rate, Singapore blasted 13 boundaries in just 41 deliveries to overhaul Bahrain.
Kuwait, also ended their run chase of Bhutan's 169 with a 6 at an even faster than Singapore. Both teams are conscious of the possibility of finishing equal on points with Saudi Arabia should Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia in the tournament's next and final round of matches on Friday, in which case - with the head-to-head results equalising themselves (Kuwait having beaten Saudi Arabia, but losing to Singapore and Saudi Arabia having beaten Singapore earlier) the title goes to the team with the highest Net Run Rate (Runs Scored over five matches - Runs Conceded over five matches). Kuwait's 17 wides and stubborn resistance from Bhutan's opener Manoj Adhikari (39 off 119 balls), Thinley Jamtsho (35 not out off 55) and tailender Suprit Pradhan (31 off 38) allowed Bhutan to play out a full 50 overs. However, Kuwait scored fourteen 14s and fourteen 6s in just 82 deliveries to take them to a storming victory.
|Saudi Arabia's twin centurions against Maldives Afzal Saleem and Shahbaz Rasheed|
Kuwait will need to beat Saudi Arabia by a substantial margin on Friday to finish top, Singapore will need to beat Maldives and hope that Saudi Arabia lose by enough, without Kuwait overtaking the home side either. Saudi Arabia favourites going into the last day but ultimate victory by any one of the other two teams is still possible.
ACC Elite League 2014, Day 4:
Maldives v Saudi Arabia at IA
SAUDI ARABIA WON BY 188 RUNS
Maldives won the toss and elected to field
Saudi Arabia: 347 for 3 off 50 overs (I.Haq 50, S.Rasheed 138*, A.Saleem 100*)
Maldives: 159 for 7 off 50 overs (M.Azzam 44, M.Mahfooz 37*)
Man of the Match: Shahbaz Rasheed (Saudi Arabia)
Singapore v Bahrain at Kallang
SINGAPORE WON BY EIGHT WICKETS
Singapore won the toss and elected to field
Bahrain: 86 all out off 29.5 overs (D.Mulewa 4-10)
Singapore: 92 for 2 off 6.5 overs (C.Suryawanshi 37*, A.Mutreja 33)
Man of the Match: Dharmichand Mulewa (Singapore)
Bhutan v Kuwait at SCC
KUWAIT WON BY SIX WICKETS
Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
Bhutan: 169 for 7 off 50 overs (M.Adhikari 39, T.Jamtsho 35*, S.Pradhan 31)
Kuwait: 173 for 4 off 13.4 overs (M.Irfan 54, M.Ghulam 59*)
Man of the Match: Mohammed Irfan (Kuwait)
Filed June 11th, 2014