ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2009 - Brunei v Kuwait


Kuwait U-19 beat Brunei U-19 by ten-wickets today. It took them 13 balls. They bowled Brunei out for 16.

Brunei showed up to the Chiang Mai Gymkhana expecting to at least make a 100 against one of the strongest teams in the competition, they even chose to bat on winning the toss.

The toss was the only thing Kuwait’s captain Saad Khalid didn’t get right today. Opening the bowling, he bowled fast, he bowled straight, he bowled too well for Brunei’s teenagers. He took seven wickets in seven overs. Khalid has already played senior team cricket for Kuwait, most recently in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in the UAE in November.

“Saad is a great talent. We did not expect him to do as well as he did in UAE. He really was the find of the tournament for Kuwait”, said his coach Sameer Desai.

The soft-spoken Khalid let the ball do the talking today and after picking up the Man of the Match award he said, “I enjoy playing both Twenty20 cricket and 50-over games but in the 50-over games you need to concentrate and play. We can do that.”

Saad Khalid

Brunei were no match for Khalid and Kuwait today, and on the evidence so far this tournament few other teams at Challenge or Elite level would beat the Gulf country. “There are good teams in this tournament but I am happy we are doing so well. We have a very strong batting line-up and I know if we get to bat first we can put up a score of 250 or maybe even 300,” says Saad.

Mr. Desai added, “We were actually quite disappointed we didn’t get to bat first, but today, yet again, our bowlers were critical. Although our batting isn’t tested as yet, I am confident they can perform in any game.”

A top batsman as well, Khalid is yet to display his collection of big-hitting strokes as demonstrated in the recently concluded ACC Twenty20. He had the third-best batting average and hit the highest number of sixes (20) in that tournament.

Kuwait have yet to play any team who could pose a challenge in this year’s U-19 event and with a semi-final place virtually guaranteed they will have their first tough match at that stage. On today’s form you’d back them to succeed against anybody.

Kuwait’s opener Nawaz Khan finished the game with a beautifully struck six, hit off one knee, the ball sailing over deep square leg.

Kuwait play China next.

ACC U-19 Challenge 2009
Group A: Brunei v Kuwait at Gymkhana
Brunei won the toss and chose to bat
Brunei: 16 all out off 12.5 overs (S. Khalid 7-4)
Kuwait: 22 for no loss off 2.1 overs
Man of the Match: Saad Khalid (Kuwait)

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