Day 4: HONG KONG, CHINA SQUEEZE PAST MALAYSIA TO SET UP SEMI-FINAL WITH SINGAPORE

Hong Kong, China withstood a furious fightback by hosts Malaysia to win by three runs and finish top of Group B at the Kinrara Oval on Saturday, thus avoiding favourites Nepal in the semi-finals of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup Eastern Region qualifying tournament.

Instead, Hong Kong, China will face Singapore on Monday while leaving Malaysia to contemplate a meeting with Group A winners Nepal, who are heavily favoured to win the sole spot to the Under-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

Player of the Match: Nasrulla Rana (Hong Kong)
Player of the Match: Thanaphon Yotharat (Thailand)

For a while it seemed Hong Kong, China would have little difficulty in securing the win after reducing Malaysia to 44-7 in pursuit of a 173-run target but the home team found a second wind and very nearly pulled off an improbable comeback.

An 87-run stand for the eighth wicket between Arief Yusof (63) and Vijay Unni (39) brought Malaysia back into the contest through gritty determination and patient batting.

Even after Malaysia captain Vijay was run out after facing 95 balls, Arief guided No 10 Sachinu Hettige in a 32-run partnership to the brink of victory despite two rain interruptions before being bowled by Nasrulla Rana.

That brought last-man Afiq Syakir Shaharudin on for the final three overs but Malaysia's luck ran out when he was bowled by Rana as Hong Kong, China dismissed Malaysia for 169 with five balls to spare.

Malaysia looked dead and buried when an all-too-familiar batting collapse saw the hosts slump to 22-6, with none of their first five batsmen managing more than four runs as Vikas Sharma and Raunaq Kapur wreaked havoc to end up with three wickets each.

Ealier, Sachinu and Amir Azim Shukor each took three wickets to limit Hong Kong, China to 172-9 despite Hong Kong, China captain Adit Gorawara scoring 50.

Hong Kong, China were in trouble inside 10 overs after being reduced to 39-2 when Sachinu had Rana trapped leg-before for 30 before Vijay dismissed Mohammad Sajjad for one the next over.

Gorawara and Kalhan Challu, however, steadied the innings with a 68-run stand before the latter fell to Haiqal Khair for 43 but it was Sachinu's scalp of Aarush Bhagwat (20) which precipitated Hong Kong, China's loss of their next six wickets in the last seven overs for the addition of 24 runs.

In another Group B match at the TPCA Oval in Kajang, Thailand won their first match after beating Bhutan by seven wickets. Bhutan were all out for 73 in 46 overs before Thailand reached 74-3 in 18.4 overs to finish third in the group.

Phiriyapong Suanchuai guided Thailand to their target with an unbeaten 35 off 44 balls, featuring four boundaries, after Thanaphon Yotharat grabbed four wickets for 11 to help dismiss Bhutan.

ACC U19 EASTERN REGION 2019
Sat 6-Jul


Malaysia vs Hong Kong at Kinrara Oval
HONG KONG WON BY THREE RUNS
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat
Hong Kong: 172 for 9 off 50 overs (N.Rana 30, K.Challu 43, A.Gorawana 50; M.Amir 3-39, S.Hettige 3-30)
Malaysia: 169 all out off 49.1 overs (V.Unni 39, A.Yusof 63; V.Sharma 3-30, R.Kapur 3-20)
Player of the Match: Nasrulla Rana (Hong Kong, China)
Scorecard

Thailand vs Bhutan at TPCA Oval
THAILAND WON BY SEVEN WICKETS
Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
Bhutan: 73 all out off 46 overs (K.Chatwong 3-6, T.Yotharat 4-11)
Thailand: 74 for 3 off 18.4 overs (P.Suanchuai 35*)
Player of the Match: Thanaphon Yotharat (Thailand)
Scorecard

 

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Filed July 6th, 2019