ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2009 - Maldives v Myanmar


After Maldives made the initial breakthroughs, Myanmar's Myat Min Hein and Saw Phone Tet Paing saw off the threatening opening pair of Hassan Ibrahim and Ahmed Mauroof. The left-hand, right-hand combination may have thrown the bowlers off their game a little, as often happens at this youth level, but the soundness and game-sense of the two young Myanmarese was the best any from their country have ever shown. Tet Paing had made his country's highest ever individual score (77) against Brunei earlier in the tournament, but the Maldivian bowling and fielding was considerably better on this occasion. They had a partnership of 40 before Paing was stumped off the bowling of Mihusan Hamid.

Myanmar were 63 for 3 after 20 overs, setting a platform. "150 is our target," said the Myanmar Coach Ashfaq ul Islam Bappy at the start of the match. At this stage, it looked like they'd get past it. Min Hein fell for 26 soon after however, and with the loss of another wicket, much rested on the ebullient Aung Aung, wearing his distinctive white cap. Aung Aung used to be good for a laugh when he first played for Myanmar three years ago, now he's good for runs. One drive, played late, through cover off Mihusan Hamid was the shot of the day. With his captain Min Hein Khant he put on 13 before being caught at short midwicket off the leading edge with the score on 90 in the 28th over.

Myat Min Hein gets set for Jilwaz Rasheed

Min Hein Khant couldn't do it for his side either. Maldives set attacking fields, looking for the conclusive blows and Myanmar's lack of depth in batting literally played into Maldives's hands. Off-spinner Mihusan Hamid took 5-12 off his 10 overs, as Myanmar were all out for 106 in the 35th over.

Myanmar took an early wicket but in between the occasional good deliveries bowled a bundle of wides. The fielders chased a lot of leather. They have enthusiasm, they don't have spikes. They don't have flat surfaces on which to play, they do have players. They are getting better. The Prem Academy donated a cricket mat to Myanmar after the match and "it is something we will gratefully make much use of" said the Myanmar team manager Michael Moosajee.

Ismail Shayyal falls to Htet lin Aung

Maldives were on 59 for 2 after 10 overs and took lunch six overs later at 89 for 3. They won without further loss fifteen balls later. At the start of the match, it seemed the game could possibly be as much of a mismatch as Iran vs Brunei for the 7th and 8th place playoff at Gymkhana turned out to be, but Maldives found some more respect for Myanmar after this match. "Not long ago we were also just starting, I can see that if Myanmar start doing some more work on a few things they'll come up like us too," said Maldives's coach Imad Ismail after the match.

ACC U-19 Challenge 2009
5th and 6th Playoff: Maldives v Myanmar at Prem Oval
Myanmar won the toss and chose to bat
Myanmar: 106 all out off 34.3 overs (M.Hamid 5-12)
Maldives: 107 for 3 off 18.3 overs
Man of the Match: Mihusan Hamid (Maldives)

Pictures by Robert Thaprom

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