Kuwait put up a plucky fight, but in the end were undone by Hong Kong's consistent, committed efforts as they went done by 94 runs in a match that had many elements of good cricket. Hong Kong now move forward to the semi-finals.
Kuwait just didn’t bowl well enough after Hong Kong chose to bat, and leaked runs throughout the Hong Kong innings, 44 wides being symptomatic of a team that still has a long way to go. Even so, they kept plugging away in the field and running out five batsmen – all through smart pieces of work – showed that they are not without competitive ability.
|Hong Kong's Kinchit Shah|
Hong Kong’s innings was built around Kinchit Shah, who made 69 off 87 balls and the hard-hitting Amandeep Singh who made 35 off 21 (3 fours and 2 sixes). Hong Kong finished their 40 overs on 236 for 8.
At this stage, without a win in the tournament so far, Kuwait had a chance of finishing second in the group and clinching a semi-final place behind Nepal, if they reached their target in 19.3 overs. Their first scoring stroke was a 6 by Zakaria Ali over point and with 15 coming off the first over, both Zakaria and Ali Zaheer going well, it looked like they’d get there.
|Zakaria Ali reaches 50
Picture by Rajendra Chitrakar
On 58 in the sixth over though, Ali Zaheer (29 off 16 balls, 4 fours) attempted a reverse-bat dink off Kinchit Shah and Kuwait had lost a pillar of their batting. Zakaria held strong for another thirteen overs until e fell to a good catch by Shimandeep Singh at square leg for 68 off 59 balls, his 50 having come off just 36. Hong Kong dropped a couple of chances but created plenty and took enough of them to define the difference between the sides.
ACC U-16 Elite Cup 2010
Hong Kong v Kuwait at Tribhuvan University
HONG KONG WON BY 94 RUNS
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat
Hong Kong: 236 for 8 off 40 overs (K. Shah 69, A. Singh 35)
Kuwait: 142 all out off 22.4 overs (Z. Ali 68; M. Khatri 4-19)
Man of the Match: Kinchit Shah (Hong Kong)
Pictures except where stated courtesy Aric Tan
Filed March 12th, 2010