Day 1: SIX-HITTING QATAR MAULS MALDIVES ON OPENING DAY

By Shahzad Raza

MUSCAT: Kamran Khan’s scintillating 88 and Muhammed Tanvir’s hurricane 64 not only entertained the small crowd present at OC Turf 1 here in Amerat but also highlighted Qatar’s six-hitting prowess in its 106-run victory against Maldives in ACC Western Region T20 Tournament game on Sunday.

In the day’s second lopsided match, Qatar kept Maldives on a leather hunt for much of its 20 overs and then bowled exceptionally well to restrict it to just 90 for 9 to complete a comfortable win.

Opener Kamran and one drop Tanvir were involved in an entertaining 109-run partnership for the second wicket that came to an end after the latter got out in the 13th over. His 31-ball knock included seven fours and three sixes. Kamran continued his six-hitting spree and by the time he was dismissed by Tharaka Ruwan Kumara for 88 in the 18th over he had already slammed seven sixes and six boundaries in an innings that fetched him player of the match award.

Muhammed Rizlan later joined the party with his own little show, smacking 31 not out off 18, including three huge sixes, taking Qatar’s sixes tally to 16 for the game.

Kamran said he was confident of doing well on Oman’s batting-friendly pitches.

“We had played here last year and we know how good pitches over here are for batting. I took some time to settle down and once I got my eye in I was able to play my strokes freely,” he added.

The Qatar opener said Oman was the team to beat in the tournament and was looking forward to his team springing a few surprises.

“The team has been practicing hard before the tournament. We have had a wonderful preparation playing against Uganda and the boys are in great shape. We know how good Oman team is. For us, they are a big team to beat but we are very keen to do well here and expect to cause some upsets in the coming days,” said Kamran.

Maldives’ hopes of giving Qatar a good chase evaporated in thin air as it quickly slumped to 57 for 5 and then to 69 for 8. Qatar bowlers knew the best way to win a T20 game is by taking wickets and they executed the formula to perfection. Muhammed Awais, Tamoor Sajjad, Iqbal Hussain and Muhammed Nadeem were all economical and menacing at the same time, taking two wickets each as Qatar could manage a mere 90 in its 20 overs.

Qatar will now take on Oman in its next game on Monday while Maldives faces Bahrain later in the day.

ACC MEN'S WESTERN REGION 2020
Sun 23-Feb


Qatar v Maldives at OC Turf I
QATAR WON BY 106 RUNS
Qatar won the toss and chose to bat
Qatar: 196 for 4 off 20 overs (K.Khan 88, M.Tanveer 64, M.Iqbar 31*)
Maldives: 90 for 9 off 20 overs
Man of the Match: Kamran Khan (Qatar)

 

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Filed February 23rd, 2020