ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier Asia Division Two: Oman boys to take on Kuwait in final
Oman spinners – Sanjay Ravindra and Kevin Kattokaran - continue to mesmerise the opposition batsmen in the ongoing ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Division Two, currently being played in Bangkok, Thailand.
On Sunday, the duo had Hong Kong batsmen stuck in their spin web as they shared seven wickets to help Oman win by 30 runs and book a title clash with Kuwait on Monday. Kuwait routed Qatar by 107 runs in the other semifinal on Sunday.
Batting first, Oman was restricted to 130 in 46.2 overs with Adeel Abbas top-scoring with 30 and wicketkeeper-batsman Joel Biju making 28.
Hong Kong's chase was derailed by Sanjay and Kevin while Amanpreet Singh Sirah claimed two wickets and Yash Mehta picked one.
With the latest hauls, Sanjay (14) and Kevin (13) are the tournament's top-two wicket-takers.
Hong Kong was dismissed for 100 in 35 overs. Sanjay’s figures read 9-3-20-4 while Kevin's spell saw him take three for 27.
Both Oman and Kuwait remain unbeaten going into the final. Looking ahead to the title clash, Oman coach Syed Tariq Hussain said, “Kuwait should be worried of us as we beat a good side in the semifinal. We are confident of winning tomorrow.”
He added, “We are going to go out to play positive cricket. The team is focused on its ultimate goal of bringing the cup home.”
Brief scores: Oman 130 all out in 46.2 overs (Adeel 30, Joel 28; Nasrulla Rana 3-25, Vikas Sharma 2-22, Dhananjaya Rao 2-24) beat Hong Kong 100 all out in 35 overs (Abdul Urslan 22 n.o., Mehran Zaib 19, Daniyal Butt 18; Sanjay 4-20, Kevin 3-27, Amanpreet 2-27).