Asian Cricket Council Match Referee Aminul Islam presents the Man of the Match Award for Kuwait U-19 v Nepal U-19 to Aarif Sheikh of Nepal

Afghanistan and Nepal won by large margins for the second consecutive day, both teams scoring over 300 runs as they cruised to victories against UAE and Kuwait respectively. It was the second game in a row that Nepal made over 320 in their 50 overs, today's achievement being all the more remarkable as they had to recover from 9 for 3 to do so.

Kuwait were well on top five overs after they won the toss at the TACK-TEC ground, but as Shahrukh Quddus who had bowled so well in his first three overs tired, Nepal were able to get back into the game. Nepal's captain Raju Rijal supported Aarif Sheikh (who already plays for the senior-team) in a stand of 94 for the fourth wicket, Aarif went on to make 87 off 111 deliveries (with six 4s) and received fine support from Sandeep Sunar (49 off 56) and Saurav Khanal (64* off 35) in two more large stands before Dipendra Airee blasted 48* off just 20 deliveries at the end. 125 runs came off the last 10 overs of the innings. And yet it could have been all so different had Kuwait held their chances against Rijal and Sheikh before they got going.

In reply Kuwait struggled to build any momentum and were regularly pinned back by some good fielding and tight bowling. Aarif Sheikh had a hand in the first two wickets and once the spinners came on, Kuwait's runs dried up. All out for 63 in 27.4 turgid overs of batting. Match Referee Aminul Islam had no hesitation in awarding Aarif Sheikh Man of the Match for his "maturity, class and composure" in building the Nepal innings.

In the day's other ACC U-19 Premier League game, Afghanistan posted a colossal 389 for 7, with young left-hander Tariq Stanikzai blasting an unbeaten 160 off 119 deliveries (6 fours, 13 sixes) after coming in at No. 4. UAE, without a regular wicket-keeper, struggled to contain Afghanistan from the start, in spite of taking a wicket in the first over. In another parallel with the TACK-TEC game,  UAE dropped 11 catches, most of them on the boundary. 66 runs came off the first six overs and then 65 off the last five. Afghanistan themselves struck early with pace before a steady fall of wickets ensued, UAE all out inside 32 overs for 83.

Afghanistan v UAE at SCG
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
Afghanistan: 389 for 7 off 50 overs (H.Zazai 45, T.Stanikzai 160*, W.Shafaq 87; W.Perera 3-81)
UAE: 83 all out off 31.3 overs (N-ul-Haq 4-22)
Man of the Match: Tariq Stanikzai (Afghanistan)

Kuwait v Nepal at TACK-TEC
Kuwait won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 325 for 7 off 50 overs (R.Rijal 31, A.Sheikh 87, S.Sunar 49, S.Khanal 64*, D.Airee 48)
Kuwait: 63 all out off 27.4 overs
Man of the Match: Aarif Sheikh (Nepal)

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Filed November 10th, 2014