Oman started their campaign in the ACC U-19 tournament with a narrow win over Thailand. The match went down to the wire and Oman just about sneaked a victory reaching their target with two wickets in hand in the final over of the game.

Thailand were put in to bat and started quite smoothly pushing the singles that kept the scoreboard ticking. Captain Akshay Desai (29) and Wanchan Uisuk (13) batted the first ten overs avoiding any hiccups until Desai fell prey to a superbly taken catch by Vivek Venkataraman. Although the Thai’s lost wickets as the runs gradually piled up, it was obvious they wanted to see out the entire 50 overs. Nishadh Rego (45) put on a brilliant performance coming on in the 18th over and staying till the 45th. Thailand saw out the 50 overs as they put up a decent score of 185. The score, though, was significantly helped by a total of 34 extras.

Bowling honours went to Suneet Fernandes (4-27) and Nikhil Xavier (3-24) who were both part of the U-15 team that won the ACC Challenge Cup in Thailand in December 2006.

At the start of the Oman innings, the match seemed to be going the way of the Thai’s when the very first ball of Sahan Ranamukharaachchi (3-40) produced a wicket – Suneet Fernandes (0). Things got even better for Thailand 6 overs later when Vivek Venkataraman (24) also fell to Ranamukharaachchi. Thailand were surely feeling confident of stealing this game from Oman, but both Shrey Wilson (39) and Gaurav Honavar (39) had other plans. The duo batted the next 32 overs and this partnership of 108 slowly but surely erased whatever hopes Thailand had.

The game though, didn’t turn out to be even remotely one-sided and it soon swung towards Thailand yet again. Over the next nine overs, Oman lost a total of six wickets for just 32 runs. They however did manage to just about reach their target of 186 in the very last over winning by 2 wickets.

Thailand’s manager, Mohideen Kader, said “The result was very hard on the boys. They worked extremely hard and I feel they deserved more. But tomorrows another game and hopefully the team will be all pumped up for a win tomorrow.”

For his good performance with both bat and ball, the Man of the Match was awarded to Sahan Ranamukharaachchi of Thailand.

Oman v Thailand at Bayuemas Oval
Oman won the toss and chose to field
Thailand: 185 all out in 50 overs (N. Rego 45; S. Fernandes 4-27, N. Xavier 3-24)
Oman: 186 for 8 after 49.4 overs (S. Wilson 39, G. Honavar 39; S. Ranamukhraachchi 3-40)


Filed August 20 2007