Karthik Shekar of UAE accepts the Man of the Match Award after his team's six-wicket victory over Saudi Arabia in the ACC U-19 Premier League at TACK-TEC

Malaysia and UAE secured their first wins of the tournament, beating Kuwait and Saudi Arabia respectively. On a day on which front-runners Afghanistan and Nepal didn't play, both teams had a chance to stake their claims for the title which is to be decided on points at the conclusion of next Sunday's matches.

Malaysia and UAE had their bowlers to thank for making life easy for their batsmen as they both bowled out the opposition for not much more than 100. After winning the toss and choosing to bat at Sulaibiya, Kuwait started steadily but as soon as left-arm spinner Anwar Rahman (5-25) came on they started losing wickets as he, in tandem with fellow spinners Virandeep Singh and Islah Zol had the home side slumping from 37 for 2 to 72 for 7 before some late hitting from the tail boosted Kuwait's score to 107 all out in 37 overs. Malaysia were even free to be liberal in the field, dropping several catches. In reply Virandeep made batting look easy after opening the batting for Malaysia and two 50-partnerships took them home with more than 30 overs to spare.

The match at TACK-TEC between Saudi Arabia and UAE was delayed because of overnight dew, the game reduced to 45 overs. Saudi Arabia chose to bat and found it hard to adjust to the conditions, amid the positive strokes the ball regularly beat the bat. UAE took all but one of the catches offered and had it not been for some wayward bowling (32 extras) would have bowled out the Saudi team for far less than 119. In reply Saudi Arabia bowled with great verve and pace and had UAE at 7 for 2 early on. UAE had a batsman of distinction in Karthik Shekar, however, who stroked his way to a graceful and match-winning 56 off 79 deliveries, driving the winning runs to long-off.

Wednesday's matches are Afghanistan v Saudi Arabia at Sulaibiya and Malaysia v Nepal at TACK-TEC.

Kuwait v Malaysia at SCG
Kuwait won the toss and chose to bat
Kuwait: 107 all out off 38 overs (A.Rahman 5-25)
Malaysia: 108 for 2 off 19.4 overs
Man of the Match: Anwar Rahman (Malaysia)

Saudi Arabia v UAE at TACK-TEC
Match reduced to 45 overs
Saudi Arabia won the toss and chose to bat
Saudi Arabia: 119 all out off 30.5 overs (A.Kattampally 4-17, D.Shekhar 3-14)
UAE: 120 for 4 off 28.2 overs (K.Shekar 56*)
Man of the Match: Karthik Shekar (UAE)

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Filed November 11th, 2014