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U19 WC Division 2-Asia Qualifier: Oman, Bahrain register wins to reach semifinals

Muscat (Oman), October 2 (IAS): Oman and Bahrain recorded two consecutive victories to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Division-2 Asian Qualifier on Saturday at the Oman Cricket Academy (OCA).

Oman and Bahrain won comfortably in their respective Group A matches as the hosts beat Saudi Arabia by 6 wickets and Bahrain beat Bhutan by 169 runs.

Oman U19 vs Saudi Arabia U19

At the OCA 2 ground, Omani skipper Arjun Dhiman chose to bowl first after winning the toss, and his bowlers justified the decision as the Saudi batsmen struggled to bowl decently. did. The Saudi opening pitcher he returned to the hut in five overs and the team’s total was just 13.

Sashwath Prasad and Zuhair then underwent some repair work as they shared a third wicket partnership of 34 runs. After Prasad’s resignation, there were no major partnerships as Omani spinners strangled tightly. Zuher top-scored with his 29 sedatives out of 70 deliveries.

Aryan Bisht’s enchanting spell on 4/19 involving a maiden caused all sorts of problems for the Saudi batsman. Bisht was backed by medium-paced Mohammed Arafat Islam, who picked up two early wicket. Left-arm spinner Glenaleksei Menezes claimed 2/14 as Saudi Arabia were bowled out for 103 in his 37.3 overs. A sizeable contribution to the Saudi total came from extras, which Oman allowed 21, including his 20 wide.

With a modest goal, Oman lost an early wicket in seven overs when Lakshmisatish departed for seven. Oman lost a few more wickets of him, but never got in trouble as in 27 overs he scored 104/4 to corner the target.

Skipper Arjun Diman top-scored with 32, while Aditya Gurmukhi (23rd), Devansh Roya (16th) and Aryan Bisht (13th) were the other rungetters.

Bahrain U19 vs Bhutan

Aryan Ashwin’s Skippers knock gave Bahrain a comfortable victory over Bhutan at the OCA 1 Ground. Batting first, Ashwin laid the foundation for a good score, hitting a solid half-century (56 of 95 pitches) as the Bahraini batsmen enjoyed rival offense.

Center hitters Rishab Ramesh (28′), Aayan Cole (36′) and Muhammad Ali (30′) helped Bahrain get off to a good start. A late flurry of strokes by the lower duo of Abhinav Girish (27) and Vishwaesh Gurumurthy (28) saw the team end the innings on his 244/9.

The target was always a challenge for Bhutan as they lost a quick wicket to go 25/5 at the end of 21 overs. Several late contributions by Karma Dorji (18) and Tashi Chopel (14) saw the team bowled out for 75 in his 33.1 overs, taking the team past the 50 mark.

Shashank Shukla was the best wrecker with 4/25 and Nadith Tennakoon scored 3/23. Muhammad Ali was economical and effective with his 2/8 in 5 overs.

Oman and Bahrain have four points from their two consecutive victories and will clinch top spot in Group A when they meet on Monday. Saudi Arabia will complete their group engagement before heading home on the same day against Bhutan.

On Sunday, Thailand will take on Singapore and Hong Kong will face Qatar in Group B matches. Hong Kong and Singapore have both won their opening games, and a win on Sunday would secure a place in the semi-finals.

Easy score:

Saudi Arabia U19 all out for 103 in 37.3 overs Oman U19 lost by 6 wickets in 27 overs at 104/4

The Bahrain U19s went 244/9 with 50 overs and the Bhutan U19s beat 33.1 overs with 75 all out by 169 runs.

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