International cricket returned to Bangkok with the opening day of the Asian Cricket Council's U19 Challenge competition being staged in Thailand's capital city until 15th December. Oman were taking on Myanmar at Terdthai while China played Singapore at AIT and it was the two sides relegated from the Elite division in 2011 who made fine starts to the tournament as Singapore made short work of China in beating them by seven wickets and Oman crushed Myanmar by 254 runs.
At Terdhai, Myanmar have won the toss and elected to field first and after the match got under way on time at 9.30 am there was a confident start from Oman's openers as they reached 27 for no wicket after 5 overs as both batsmen hit early boundaries.
Spin was introduced in the last over of the mandatory powerplay but Oman's openers were still looking good amd they were laying the foundation for a big total.
Myanmar’s bowlers were still striving for their first breakthrough of the day as the players took their first drinks break. Left-hander Jathin had hit three boundaries and right-hander Zaidi five as the total was 75 after 16 overs.
Oman's hundred came up in the 20th over with the two impressive openers still at the crease as Myanmar were beginning to get ragged in the field with 25 already conceded in extras
The Oman openers reached their fifties from consecutive balls as Zaidi reached the landmark with a single from 78 balls then partner Jathin hit the first six of the match over long off to reach fifty in just 58 balls.
The partnership was finally broken with the score on 132 as Jathin was caught on the extra-cover boundary for 51 from 62 balls with five fours and a six.
Myanmar claimed their second wicket with Zaidi quickly following his opening partner back to the pavilion as he was caught behind for 56 from 86 balls with six fours.
Oman lost their third wicket with the score on 170 as Wasim Ali was caught by Htet Lin Aung off the bowling of Htet Lin Oo as the twin brothers combined for Myanmar
Myanmar were persevering in the field as they made regular bowling changes but without looking like making further breakthroughs. Oman's total was progressing steadily as the 200 came up in the 37th over.
The tempo of the innings remained unchanged even with the batting powerplay being taken and two spinners bowling in tandem. With 10 overs still to be bowled Oman were 214 for 3.
News came from AIT that China had been allowed an extra hour in bed to recover from a late-night arrival in Bangkok, but their batsmen had still seemed half asleep as they were bowled out for 68 by a Singapore team looking to put their recent relegation behind them.
Batting had been much easier at Terdthai where Oman were heading towards a total of 300. Their fourth-wicket pair had started slowly but recorded a century partnership as they accelerated against a tiring Myanmar as the innings reached a close. Taha Hassan reached his fifty but fell immediately afterwards to give Myanmar the relief of their fourth wicket.
It was too little too late for Myanmar as Gayash Dias became the fourth Oman batsman to complete a half-century and he finished unbeaten on 64* as the innings finished on an imposing 321 for 6 in 50 overs, Waseem Al Balushi hitting two sixes in the final over.
While the teams took lunch at Terdthai, Singapore gained their first victory of the ACC U19 Challenge when they defeated China by seven wickets at AIT. Even with a delayed start the match was over before lunch as China were dismissed for 68 and an unbeaten 34 from opener Archit Goenka saw Singapore home to victory in just 11.3 overs.
Back at Terdthai, Myanmar did not make the best of starts in their pursuit of a target of 322 in 50 overs as they lost two early wickets. Gayash followed top-scoring with 64* by impressing with the new ball as Thu Yo Aung was caught at mid on and newcomer Htet Lin Oo was caught at slip. Myanmar were 17 for 2 after 10 overs.
Opener Myat Bo Bo Maung and captain Htet Ling Aung seemed intent only on survival but the opener's long vigil ended after 42 balls and 63 minutes as he was lbw to Hemil Ganatra for just 7 with the score on 24 for 3 in the 15th over.
Spin was introduced and Aung Ko Ko looked ready to play some shots as he hit the first (and only) four of the innings but he got carried away as he left the field on a stretcher after being run out for 14 and the next batsman was bowled first ball. Myanmar's brief rally looked to be over.
The Myanmar captain's innings ended after 63 minutes and 43 balls as he was well caught at short mid-wicket and the seventh wicket fell when Aung Kaung Myat was stumped.
The eighth wicket of the innings followed on 46 when Lwin Moe Aung was bowled by Shreyas Malhotra for no score but the Myanmar tail-enders brought up the fifty and ensured their side had used up at least half their allotted overs.
Myanmar's late-order resistance proved all too short-lived as Ko Ko Lin Thu was bowled by a googly from Ibrahim Al Murthy and Zin Hlaing was caught at silly point to give Shreyas Malhotra his second wicket. Myanmar were bowled out for 67 in 26.3 overs to give Oman victory by a massive 254 runs to start their campaign on a highly positive note.
ACC U-19 Challenge 2013
Group A: Singapore v China at AIT
SINGAPORE WON BY SEVEN WICKETS
China won the toss and chose to bat
(Match reduced to 40 overs)
China: 68 all out off 31.5 overs (A.Singh 3-14)
Singapore: 69 for 3 off 11.3 overs (A.Goenka 34*)
Man of the Match: Abhiraj Singh (Singapore)
Group B: Oman v Myanmar at Terdthai
OMAN WON BY 254 RUNS
Myanmar won the toss and elected to field
Oman: 321 for 6 off 50 overs (J.Varijakshan 51, M.Zaidi 56, G.Dias 64*, T.Hassan 53)
Myanmar: 67 all out off 27.3 overs
Man of the Match: Gayash Dias (Oman)
Filed December 7th, 2013