July 15, 2003

Adnan Ilyas sinks Hong Kong

Wisden CricInfo Staff

Adnan Ilyas achieved the rare distinction of scoring a century and taking six wickets in the same match and helped set up a strident 225-run victory for Oman over Hong Kong in a Youth Asia Cup 2003 match at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Adnan Ilyas
Adnan Ilyas - 168* at Karachi
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Vice-captain Adnan, a Pakistani national, clouted 18 boundaries and five sixes in his unconquered 140-ball 168 to steer Oman to a mammoth 296 for five from 50 overs. If Hong Kong thought they had seen all of Adnan, they were mistaken. He bulldozed them with his mediumpace bowling to capture six wickets for 16 runs to send Hong Kong tumbling out for 71 in 24 overs.

After Hong Kong had reached 34 for one, it was Adnan's brilliant burst that reduced the batting side to 37 for seven with five middle-order batsmen failing to open their accounts and collectively lasting just 24 balls.

Adnan not only carried Oman's innings on his young shoulders, he was also responsible for keeping the scoreboard moving by doing the bulk of the scoring. For the second wicket with Rafeeq Mohammed (13), Adnan added 48 runs while he put on 69 for the third wicket with Imran Younus (46). In a fourth wicket stand of 38, Pranav Mehta's contribution was just a single and in an unbroken 100-run sixth wicket stand Mehdi Hassan chipped in with 22.

In the other match of the day at the Quaid-e-Azam Park, B Vickneswaran hit a match-winning 125 to guide Malaysia to an eight-wicket victory over Kuwait. Vickneswaran slammed 20 boundaries and a six as Malaysia achieved the victory target of 280 with 26 balls to spare.

Vickneswaran was involved in a 156-run second wicket stand with Eszrafique Abdul Azis who hit an unbeaten 71 that included 10 boundaries. He faced 76 balls.

Earlier, Abu Talib belted 14 boundaries and a six in his 119-ball unbeaten 115 and featured in a 171-run third wicket stand with opener Siam Shibli to propel Kuwait to what looked like a winning score of 279 in 49.4 overs. Shibli scored 82 from 68 balls and his innings was spiced by 13 boundaries.

Scores in brief:
Oman 296 for five in 50 overs (Adnan Ilyas 168 not out, Imran Younis 46) beat Hong Kong 71 in 24 overs (Yogesh Mahtani 21, Adnan Ilyas 10-4-16-6) by 225 runs.

Malaysia 283-2 in 45.4 overs (B.Vickneswaran 125, Eszrafique Abdul Azis 71 not out) beat Kuwait 279 in 49.4 overs (Abu Talib 115, Siam Shibli 82) by eight wickets.

Fixtures for Thursday:
Maldives vs Singapore at Karachi Gymkhana; UAE vs Qatar at UBL Sports Complex No 1.