The UAE U-19s affirmed their competitive credentials with victory over Oman on Day 5 of the ACC U-19 Elite Cup. They had bowled out Oman for just 39 on a good batting track at the TCG in Bangkok, before getting home by six wickets. Today’s result means that a win against Afghanistan tomorrow would get UAE through from Group B to the semi-finals in place of their opponents, in what is effectively a quarter-final in this event.

UAE’s win was set up by some combative seam bowling from UAE, after Oman won the toss and chose to bat. UAE captain Aqib Malik took the new ball and with it the first two wickets, bowling at some pace. Saurab Gir took the next two including Oman’s captain Chirag Asher first ball to leave Oman reeling at 19 for 4. At this stage only three runs had come off the bat. UAE fielded well throughout, capped by an excellent run out by Saurab and a fine slip catch by Rohit Singh to wrap up the innings. Chirag Suri impressed with his flight and control, in taking the last two wickets and UAE’s bowlers are likely to do well against Afghanistan too.

Going into bat, UAE lost a wicket to the second ball of their innings and with both openers going for no score, Oman had a sniff of victory. Sathya Ramesh held firm even as two more wickets fell, as Oman competed valiantly, Gayash Dias in particular bowling well. UAE got home in the ninth over. Unusually, there were no boundaries in either innings of the match.“Everyone did well, the bowlers especially,” said UAE captain Aqib Malik, “we’re confident of doing well against Afghanistan.”

A happy coach and captain

Video: UAE: Confident and Capable

ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2011

Group B: Oman v UAE at TCG
Oman won the toss and chose to bat
Oman: 39 all out off 27.2 overs (S.Gir 3-5)
UAE: 40 for 4 off 11.2 overs
Man of the Match: Saurab Gir (UAE)

Photos by Jirada Chaisirichote

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Filed February 5th, 2011