2006 ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Division) - KUWAIT v UAE

The fall of Prathveer Rai

UAE batting first, only managed to score 125. The team played with grit batting on a pitch on which the bowlers were able to extract some life. Opener Prathveer Rai (19) was at the crease until the fall of the seventh wicket.

With three run-outs, the Kuwait fielders backed up their bowlers superbly. A couple of the run-outs came out just because the UAE batsmen wished to escape Kuwait’s distinctly sharp paceman Mohammad Jasim (3-32) and thus took suicidal singles to get to the non-strikers’ end.

Going in to bat in the first afternoon, Kuwait’s batsmen struggled too. Haseeb Rahman fished for the ball and was caught behind for 8 off Amit Shetty.

UAE’s Haseeb ur Rahman is caught behind

The crafty spin of Vignesh Rajan earned him two consecutive LBW’s, just missing a hat-trick. For a while it seemed that captain Navtej Singh (23) and Qama Inayat (16) would pick up the pieces but four wickets collapsed for 17 runs and by the 31st over Kuwait were reeling at 66-8 when rain stopped play for the day. When play resumed Kuwait managed just one extra run being all out for 67 in 34 overs with Manish Dhakan (4-13) and Vignesh Rajan (3-8) having done most of the damage.

The second innings saw UAE bat for just 30 overs reaching a total of 82-7 when they declared. It was apparent that they would settle for nothing short of a win. Imran Idress (4-28) was the one who shone amongst the Kuwaiti bowlers.

An unorthodox move saw UAE hand the ball to left-arm spinner, Vignesh Rajan, in the second over of play. Nothing too drastic came off that move but it was Amit Shetty took two quick wickets and Kuwait was stranded at 0-2 at the start.

Navtej Singh:
A captain’s style and method

Enter Navtej Singh (44) and Yatan Joshi (25) – sharing a 58 run partnership, they thrilled viewers with their quick running between the stumps and fantastic shots all over the ground.

UAE captain, Manish Dhakan then picked up the ball to deliver a jaw-dropping over in which three wickets feel. The unfortunate three: Joshi - trapped in front of the stumps, Singh - bails knocked off and Faisal Nadeem - also LBW. At this point, there was a lot of nail-biting going on in the Kuwaiti side of the pavilion.

From here on, it was all UAE. Supreme bowling reigned and wickets fell swiftly and by the 42nd over, Kuwait were all out for 94.

UAE won by 46 runs and are now in the Cup Semi-Finals along with Bahrain from this group.

It was a desperately tight group with both Afghanistan and Kuwait missing out on qualification for the cup semi-finals by just one point. UAE will now play Malaysia and Kuwait take on Singapore in the Plate.

The UAE captain Manish Dhakan receiving the Man of the Match award from Col. Manjit Singh of Malaysia

Kuwait v UAE at Royal Selangor Club
UAE won the toss and elected to bat
UAE: 125 all out in 49.1 overs and 82 for 7 in 30 overs (I. Idress 4-28)
Kuwait: 67 all out in 34 overs (V. Rajan 4-8, M. Dhakan4-13) and 94 all out in 42 overs (N. Singh 44, M. Dhakan 6-10)
Man of the Match: Manish Dhakan (UAE)

Filed June 3 2006