ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2009 - Bahrain v Iran


Report courtesy of the Cricket Association of Thailand

Aref Raisi

Iran beat Bahrain by eight runs at Gymkhana Club in the most exciting match of the ACC Under-19 Challenge Cup so far by claiming the last six wickets for just 15 runs when it looked like Bahrain were heading for a place in the semi-finals.

Iran made only 112 when they batted but they have a formidable seam bowling attack and Bahrain were made to work hard for every run in a match where the ball was on top of the bat throughout.

Left-arm seamer Abdoulvahab Ebrahimipour who had taken four wickets against Maldives did the early damage with three more victims, most critically Bahrain's captain Numan Yousaf in the first over, and was able to keep up the pressure on a Bahrain side who knew victory would take them into the semi-finals.

At 89 for 4, Bahrain’s position looked comfortable but four wickets fell in the space of 14 balls for only three runs to transform the score. 92 for 8 and Iran were suddenly on top, bowling with fire and extremely enthused in the field.

Brisk medium-pacer Aref Raisi proved to be the match-winner by taking three wickets in four balls with his brisk right-arm medium pace and he captured a fourth wicket as Bahrain lost their ninth wicket on 99.

Sajed Raisi took the final wicket five runs later to give Iran a thrilling victory. This had looked highly unlikely earlier in the day when Iran had struggled to make runs off the bat at the start of their innings and two men were forced to retire hurt, before returning later.

It was left to Abdolvahab Ebrahimipour (24) and Aref Raisi (16) to take the score past the 100 mark, Iran eventually being bowled out for 112 in 36.1 overs, and it was this pair who would later bowl their side to victory.

Iran will need to beat Thailand in their last match to reach the semi-finals, but Bahrain will progress should Iran lose.

ACC U-19 Challenge 2009
Group B: Bahrain v Iran at Gymkhana
Bahrain won the toss and elected to field
Iran: 112 all out off 36.1 overs (C.D'Souza 3-28)
Bahrain: 104 all out off 27.1 overs (A.Raeisi 4-18)
Man of the Match: Aref Raeisi (Iran)

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