UAE won the big Middle East clash at Yorker today, beating Oman by 25 runs. In a game that was a must-win for both sides if either were to have a chance of advancing to the semi-finals, UAE had just that little more of a killer instinct when it mattered.

UAE started off positively. Looking to turn a one into a run-out, UAE’s opener Sneha Sankar surivived a run-out chance when on 4 but generally played straight and found the off-side gaps well. One shot off the back foot to cover, particularly impressed Assistant Coach Mohammed Hyder who could be heard expressing his satisfaction. From the Dormitory End Ayshwarya Subramaniam impressed with the new ball, finding a good length around the off-stump corridor. The UAE openers Dipanki Borcar and Sneha Sankar had a decent partnership but they were always a run-out chance waiting to happen. Oman missed them three times, and could have forced the issue a half dozen more.

UAE played and missed too many times for their coaches’ liking, nevertheless the score ticked along and after 10 overs they were 40 for 0. Sneha ran herself out going for an overthrow in the 13th over, with the score on 55.

Once Borcar fell for 26 to Arzoo Sattikar, UAE stumbled, losing four quick wickets, including captain Dipanki for 26. Oman suddenly started looking good in the field and when Natasha Shetty at backward point held a good catch to dismiss Monique D’Souza, UAE were going to have to rely on their unproven late-order batsmen to get them to an imposing 100+score and put the game out of Oman’s reach. They were now 91 for 5 after 20 overs. UAE’s target at the start of the game had been 100 so they weren’t too disappointed but Oman have shown themselves capable of chasing well, hauling down Thailand’s 95 well within the 25 overs, in an earlier match. A superb direct-hit by Meera Laksmi from point ran out Aysha Naushadkhan the last bat, and UAE finished on 105, the last eight wickets having fallen for just 28.

Oman's Aiswarya Subramaniam

Oman went in to the break on a high.

UAE are a fine bowling side, however, one of the better ones in the tournament. Petule Nadar got one to climb off the Astroturf, forcing Hager Ali to fend off her glove and UAE had a breakthrough inside the first over. Left-armer Samiya Saleem cut her pace fom the Pavilion End and was accurate. After 5 overs Oman were 8 for 2. Meera Lakshmi survived a chance at fine leg before being bowled by the wearying Samiya in the eighth over.

Oman had to work hard for a lot of their runs

UAE bowled out their new-ball duo Petule (2-11) and Samiya (2-15), a good job done by them. Now it was a question of whether Oman could capitalize on the other bowlers. Arzoo Sattikar who had had been in from the start of the second over was now on 17*.

Arzoo Sattikar
“Make my dreams come true,” UAE’s 12th player could be heard to shout out to her team’s bowlers. With 10 overs to go Oman needed 55, six wickets in hand, the game swinging back their way thanks to the undefeated 29-run fourth-wicket partnership.

UAE remained committed in the field. Arzoo Sattikar fell for a gutsy 30, with the score on 61 in and then the leg-spinner Shambhavi Gupta bowled a super final over to have Oman at 62 for 7 in the 21st over. UAE closed the game out to win quite easily in the end. “It was a good experience to play, it was quite a close match,” said Oman’s star Arzoo Sattikar afterwards, “we’re improving all the time.” And if Oman can be more consistent, next time UAE may not have it quite so easy.

ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2010

Group B: Oman v UAE at Yorker
UAE won the toss and chose to bat
UAE: 105 all out off 24 overs (A.Subramaniam 2-19, A.Sattikar 3-6)
Oman: 80 for 9 off 25 overs (A.Sattikar 30, P.Nadar 2-11, S.Saleem 2-15, S.Gupta 2-13)
Player of the Match: Arzoo Sattikar (Oman)

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Filed October 8th, 2010