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

After winning the toss, Afghanistan started steadily. They lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Ehsanullah Khatabi’s stumps were uprooted by Faisal Nadeem.

Abdul Sedigi (34) and Hejratullah Hejrat (21) built a partnership of 18 runs when Hejrat lost his wicket, lofted the ball to short mid-off for the simplest of catches to be taken.

The two following batsmen, Jawad Rahmani and Attiqullah Khatabi fell for a duck within the span of an over and this piled the pressure on the Afghanis.

The quick fall of wickets saw the introduction of tail-ender Habibullah Ahmadzai (34) who stepped in to play what was, at that point, a very important innings to lift Afghanistan on to higher ground.

Bowling figures saw Mohammed Jasim at 4 – 24 in 16 overs and Navtej Singh at 3 – 19 in 15 overs. At the end of their innings, Afghanistan had made 150 – 8 off 60 overs.

Singh loses the battle

Right from the start, Kuwait had trouble playing the Afghanistan pace-men. With the help of some extraordinary fielding, the Afghani bowlers were all revved up as they performed at their best. A showdown between the captains took place as Navtej Singh faced Ali. With a 4 step run up Ali controlled pace and spin to trap Singh (1) in front of the stumps.

Habibullah Ahmadzai and Zard Ali Ali caused the most problems for the batsmen while bowling interchanging spells of 7-8 overs each.

Nader Aziz stood strong amongst all the wickets falling around him as he slowly but steadily put runs on the scoreboard. Some quick running and well-timed strokes were a part of Aziz’s innings which made it a pleasure to watch.

Aziz was undefeated at 32 and Kuwait were all out for 94 in 47 overs.

An end to the innings

With a lead of 55, Afghanistan tried to push for the win. They put up a quick 99 runs on the board leaving Kuwait a target of 155. Hejrat played a smashing innings with 72 off 75.

A win seemed unattainable for both sides as only an hour an a half of play remained. Kuwait held on for 25 overs losing only 3 wickets resulting in yet another draw.

Kuwait are now on top in Group B with Afghanistan in second.

Afghanistan v Kuwait at Selangor Turf Club
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat
Afghanistan: 150 for 8 in 60 overs (M. Jasim 4-24) and 99 for 2 in 25 overs decl. (H. Hejrat 72)
Kuwait: 94 all out in 47.4 overs (H. Ahmadzai 6-39) and 51 for 2 in 25 overs
Man of the Match: Habibullah Ahmadzai (Afghanistan)

Filed May 31 2006