International Tournament

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 , Posted by D S Gurung at 12:37 PM

Kuwait city April 4, 2010

Adnan Ilyas & Deep Trivedi were both Players of the day award getting from Mr. Jon Long
Click by Salman Hussain Kazmi

Oman & Kuwait both eying for a semi-final spot in the ongoing ACC Elite trophy 2010 put up their best performance so far, a match that sparked quite a lot of interest till the 45 over in which Oman ultimately sealed a victory over the spirited Kuwait challenge. The Oman goal was achieved by a lively, crowd-lifting partnership from Adnan Ilyas & Sultan Ahmed who were engaged in a 124 runs partnership which guided Oman to chalk out a much needed victory.
Winning the toss for the third successive time, Kuwait captain Hisham Mirza along with Khalid Butt exploited the field restrictions and plundered 53 runs in 7 overs, the bulk of it coming from the heavy blade of Khalid Butt. The duo, Kuwait ’ s most experienced players set the tone for and kept things on track to ensure a healthy total. The introduction of Awal Khan resulted in the downfall of botht the openers and Khalid Butt by now had scored 53 runs with 8 fours & two sixes. Deep Trivedi the off spinner then cut way through the Kuwait innings by dismissing the well settled Lasantha Dimuthu (29 runs) & Saud Iqbal. Kuwait then threatened to fight back as Mohammed Amin & Mohammed Khan through a feisty 47 runs stand. Amin who scored 43 runs was comfortable rotating the strike and found the boundary six times and also clearing it once with a strong strike over wide midwicket. Mohammed Khan contributed 28 runs and it was the late onslaught by Haji Javed who stroked a valuable 24 runs & Khalid Yameen with 20 runs that enabled Kuwait to reach 247 runs at the end of 50 overs.

Khalid Butt of Kuwait with stylish 53 runs with 8 fours and two sixes
Click by Travis Pittman

Deep Trivedi bowled exceptionally well to capture 4-36 and was ably assisted by Hemin Desai, Awal Khan & Tariq Hussein who took two wickets each.
Oman needing 248 to win the all important match lost their powerful striker Hemin Desai quite early but they got off the hook as Trivedi & Vaibhav Wategoankar added 40 runs to the third wicket. Trivedi excelled in his square cuts and Vaibhav stuck the cherry with awesome power. Introduction of young left arm spinner Shahid Haroon brought the downfall of both the batsmen and the first to depart was Trivedi who made 46 valuable runs and Vaibhav making 20 runs. Thereafter, it was left for the most capped players in the Oman side Adnan Ilyas & Sultan Ahmed to repair the damage and the built the platform. Adnan Ilyas scored a cracking unbeaten 82 runs in 84 deliveries accumulating his runs in a typically anonymous and understated fashion while Sultan Ahmed played a sheet anchor role to knock 52 runs. Amir Kaleem remained unbeaten with 24 runs. Adnan Ilyas & Deep Trivedi were both nominated as the Players of the day for their stupendous performances.

Nadeem Ahmed of Hong Kong getting the man of the match award from Mr. Jon Long
Click by Travis Pittman

Hong Kong defending a pretty low total bounced backed to the race for a semi-final spot as they defeated Singapore by 45 runs to keep hopes in advancing further. At Hubara ground in Ahmadi, Hong Kong batting first could muster 198 runs which was not that good a total to defend considering the battling line up of Singapore. Nasir Hameed the opener who has been in good form again played well to score 38 runs. Narendra Reddy the Singapore off spinner bowled a tight line to strangle the middle order line up and was ably assisted by wicket keeper Chetan Suryavamshi who took 5 catches behind the sticks. A late onslaught by Moner Ahmed who stroked a valuable 44 runs along with Nadeem Ahmed who chipped 28 runs brought some respectability to the Hong Kong score. Reddy took 4-36 while Saad Janjua & Dharmichand Mulewa captured two wickets each.

Nadeem Ahmed took 5 wickets against Singapore
Click by Travis Pittman

Needing to play a planned game Singapore started well and at one stage were 4 wickets down for 107 runs and were slowly cruising towards victory. It was at this stage that Nadeem Ahmed was brought from the north end and immediately had the Singapore batsmen on their back foot. Munish Arora was again Singapore back bone as he played brilliantly to top score with 52 runs. Buddika Mendis was the other batsmen who played a sensible knock of 24 runs. Nadeem Ahmed bowled a nagging line and spun a web over the Singapore batsmen while capturing 5 wickets for 36 runs to claim the man of the match award. Muner Ahmed & Aijaz Khan bowled well to take 2 wickets each.

A view of Hong Kong vs Singaproe match
-click by Travis Pittman

In one of the league round matches played at KEC ground, Malaysia had a cake walk over minnows Bhutan. Bhutan batting first scored just 68 runs and Malaysian openers Damith Warusavithana & Rakesh Madhavan took only 5 overs to score the winning run . Damith who hit a fluent 53 runs was named man of the match.

Scorecard: Kuwait vs Oman
Scorecard: Hong Kong vs Singapore

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