UAE's Oswin Crasta takes an excellent catch off a swirling lofted drive

Restored to full-strength following the arrival of two players last night, UAE asserted their claims for a possible second qualifying slot for the next ICC U19 World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over home team Kuwait at Sulaibiya. Such was their dominance the visitors turned a 50-over match into an apparent Twenty20 game.

UAE won a good toss on a dew-kissed wicket and struck in the first over, Punja bowling Kuwait's Chris Gayle-like Bilal Tahir with a pacey full delivery. More wickets fell to a combination of good bowling, excellent catching - Oswin Crasta's at mid-on from a Yousuf drive being the highlight - and some rather loose batting. At 14 for 5, Kuwait's captain Meezan Ali took the attack to the bowlers, taking 23 off one Aaron George over, and raced to a 34-ball 50 (seven 4s, 1 six). Wickets continued to fall around him however, and one more six later, he was last man out, Kuwait dismissed for 89 in 17.3 overs.

UAE started well on a wicket playing with true bounce in the morning sun, putting on 55 for the first wicket, with Riyan Mohammed going to a positive 51 before being run-out. The effort by the fielder showed Kuwait were trying hard in the field but the game had been lost long before. UAE knocked off the winning runs in exactly 20 overs. Match Referee Aminul Islam offered some consoling words to the Kuwait team after awarding the Man of the Match to UAE's Yodhin Punja for his incisive opening spell with the new ball.

Friday's matches are Afghanistan v Nepal, which will in all likelihood determine who finishes top, and Malaysia v Saudi Arabia.

ACC U-19 Premier League Day 5
Kuwait v UAE at Sulaibiya Cricket Ground
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Kuwait: 89 all out off 17.3 overs (M.Ali 56; A.Kattampally 3-34, S.Charles 3-15)
UAE: 90 for 2 off 20 overs (R.Mohammed 51)
Man of the Match: Yodhin Punja (UAE)

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Filed November 13th, 2014