|16-year old Sunan Ali took 6-18 for Maldives|
A game for the bowlers this, at the revitalized AIT Ground in northern Bangkok. Two years ago the ground was under four feet of water, much hard work and reconstruction later we have a ground with a track that offers bounce to the bowlers with a fair amount of turn. Maldives U-19s had the bowlers today and notched up their first victory of the ACC U-19 Challenge, against Bhutan who are former U-19 Challenge Finalists.
Bhutan chose to bat. Maldives hit their straps. No batsman was able to settle as the Maldivians, along with the occasional wide, kept the ball on or around offand middle stump on a length. “IF you get to the pitch you can anything,” said Bhutan’s coach Damber Sing Gurung to his players, but that was in the nets and that was after the match. The Bhutanese, the last-wicket pair and wicket-keeper Rekash Pradhan apart, weren’t using their feet and paid the price. Particularly against young leg-spinner Sunan Ali who, from around the wicket at the Field End, snared all his victims with big rippers. Pitched in the batsmen’s blind spot around leg stump. “He also has a googly,” said Maldives U-19 coach Imad Ismail, “but we don’t let him bowl it because he wants to bowl it all the time.” A product of the Maldives School Development Program, Sunan, along with his team-mates has a bright future in the game as long as they get to play enough quality cricket.
Maldives had two slips and a gully in for their bowlers throughout almost all the Bhutan innings and held a couple of good catches. After batting less than 21 overs, Bhutan didn’t have much to defend. A chance went begging at first slip off the second ball and after that Maldives knuckled down to win the game. Mohamed Rishwan was hard on anything short and full, and hit two big sixes over midwicket before slicing a drive to third man off Tenzin Wangchuck Sr, Try keenly as Bhutan did, there was no way back in for them and the winning run came with a gentle single to mid-off at the end of the ninth over.
|Manager Mahdi has an uplifting effect on Man of the Match Sunan Ali|
ACC U-19 Challenge 2013
Group B: Bhutan v Maldives at AIT
MALDIVES WON BY NINE WICKETS
Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
Bhutan: 46 all out off 20.3 overs (L.Shafeeg 3-7, S.Ali 6-18)
Maldives: 47 for 1 off 9 overs
Man of the Match: Sunan Ali (Maldives)
Filed December 8th, 2013