ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2009 - Kuwait v Myanmar


Strong bowling and batting performances ensured Kuwait’s victory over Myanmar at the Prem Oval. Saad Khalid and Haroon Shahid impressed with the ball while Nawaz Khan batted superbly to help his team overcome Myanmar in Group A of the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup.

Playing their first game at ACC Under-19 level, Myanmar won the toss and chose to bat. They struggled however against Kuwait’s opening bowlers who were just too quick and by the fifth over they had lost two wickets. The first, a low catch by wicket-keeper Sharjeel Tahir and the second a run out. Khin Aye (12 off 34) and Saw Paing (11 off 29) adopted a defensive strategy. The one time they did play an attacking shot, Faisal Nadeem took a stunning catch at long-off.

Saad Khalid

Myanmar didn’t seem to have any answers to opening bowler Saad Khalid. A member of Kuwait’s T20 squad, the right-arm paceman took 3 for 17 in his seven overs.

Haroon Shahid of Kuwait

When the spinners came on, Myanmar’s Aung Aung struck five powerful fours in his 24 off 40 deliveries. Myanmar’s boundaries, however, were accompanied by a steady fall of wickets. Graceful slow left-armer Haroon Shahid, tormented the batsmen with flight. Shahid (5.1-4-4-5) cleaned up the lower order and Myanmar were bowled out for 80 runs.

“I just stuck to my basics and did as my coach had instructed me to do. I was asked to pitch it in certain areas and that is all I concentrated on doing and now I’m happy that I took five wickets”, said Shahid afterwards.

Myanmar struck in the fourth over when Khin Aye went horizontal at mid off to dismiss Sharjeel Tahir. From then on it was all Kuwait.

Abdul Munaf (L) and Nawaz Khan (R): Kuwait’s heavy hitting duo

Myanmar’s pace was welcomed by Kuwait’s batsmen and Abdul Munaf (22 off 19) and Nawaz Khan (38 off 21) were relentless in their strokeplay. Driving beautifully, hitting inside out, over the top and all around the ground; the pair put on 54 in 23 balls. Kuwait finished in style when their captain Saad Khalid cracked a four through cover as Kuwait won by seven wickets.

Kuwait’s Head Coach Sameer Desai said, “We are pleased with the performance and will now be looking for bigger victories but there is still a lot for us to work on. We played well but we can play a lot better. Haroon was excellent today and it was a great boost for himself and for the team.”

Kuwait next play Brunei on Friday while Myanmar play China on Saturday.

Kuwait v Myanmar at Prem Oval
Myanmar won the toss and chose to bat
Myanmar: 80 all out off 26.1 overs (S. Khalid 3-17, H. Shahid 5-4)
Kuwait: 83 for 3 off 9.5 overs (N. Khan 38)
Man of the Match: Haroon Shahid (Kuwait)

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