Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Kuwait in trouble up to lunch thanks to some excellent Maldives bowling and fielding, for whom tall pacer Hassan Ibrahim was the pick, made only 153. And they're a team of batsmen. However Kuwait's bowlers won the game for them, the two Alis Faizan and Mudassar, left-arm and right-arm pace ripped through the Maldives top order. The Kuwait spinners did a good job for their team too and though Maldives' tail showed resistance once Rishwan had gone for a doughty 39, there was only one way the game was going. Kuwait's win against hitherto unbeaten Maldives throws the tournament wide open and we're likely to go in to the last two days of matches with every game and every run counting, for an ultimate NRR equation. Thanks for being us today for this ACC Elite League match, we're all back again tomorrow from Singapore. Man of the Match for his valuable tail-end runs and his fiery left-arm 3-31, is Kuwait's Faizan Ali.

27.5
W
Saad Khalid to Ahmed Jamaal, OUT, full, dug out, but the head's up and the ball travels to mid-on head high. Kuwait ecstatic in winning this ACC Elite League match by 57 runs.

Ahmed Jamaal c Abdullah Akhunzada b Saad Khalid 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

27.4
0
Saad Khalid to Ahmed Jamaal, no run, looking for that yorker again, dug out
27.3
1
Saad Khalid to Saeed, 1 run, Down on one knee to hit a wide and full delivery to long-off
27.2
1
Saad Khalid to Ahmed Jamaal, 1 run, yorker-length, on leg, glanced away to backward square
27.1
1
Saad Khalid to Saeed, 1 run, full on middle, Saafee drives to long on. 'Very West Indian' says Arjun Menon the scorer

Kuwait's fans, trust me, still not relaxed, their team is known for the most extraordinary occurences

END OF OVER:
27 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | Mald: 93/9 (61 runs required from 22.1 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 2.65)

  • Ahmed Jamaal0 (2b)
  • Shafee Saeed3 (9b)
  • Abdul Jabar5-1-9-2
  • Saad Khalid4-0-17-1
26.6
0
Abdul Jabar to Ahmed Jamaal, no run,
26.5
0
Abdul Jabar to Ahmed Jamaal, no run,
26.4
W
Abdul Jabar to Mohamed Mahfooz, OUT, beaten in the flight, ball takes the outer half of the bat and loops gently up to backward point Mahfooz very disappointed with himself, had been playing well

Mohamed Mahfooz c Mudassar Ali b Abdul Jabar 12 (25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.00

26.3
0
Abdul Jabar to Mohamed Mahfooz, no run,
26.2
2
Abdul Jabar to Mohamed Mahfooz, 2 runs, short, outside off, and cut away fine
26.1
0
Abdul Jabar to Mohamed Mahfooz, no run,

END OF OVER:
26 | 3 Runs | Mald: 91/8 (63 runs required from 22.1 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 2.62)

  • Shafee Saeed3 (9b)
  • Mohamed Mahfooz10 (21b)
  • Saad Khalid4-0-17-1
  • Hisham Mirza2-0-7-0
25.6
0
Saad Khalid to Saeed, no run, late on the stroke to a length ball outside off, ball dribbles away
25.5
1
Saad Khalid to Mohamed Mahfooz, 1 run, slower ball, full, sliced away to wide third man
25.4
1
Saad Khalid to Saeed, 1 run, fullish length, met with a straight bat and played up to long-off, good stroke
25.3
0
Saad Khalid to Saeed, no run, full, thuds into the left-hander's pads but pitched outside leg
25.2
0
Saad Khalid to Saeed, no run,
25.1
1
Saad Khalid to Mohamed Mahfooz, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
25 | 6 Runs | Mald: 88/8 (66 runs required from 22.1 overs, RR: 3.52, RRR: 2.64)

  • Shafee Saeed2 (5b)
  • Mohamed Mahfooz8 (19b)
  • Hisham Mirza2-0-7-0
  • Saad Khalid3-0-14-1

Maldives consolation, and we may be clutching at straws, is that they are well ahead of the required run-rate. Kuwait's post-lunch session all the way otherwise so far

24.6
0
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, no run,
24.6
3w
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, 3 wides, down leg
24.5
0
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, no run, driven to mid-off
24.4
2
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, 2 runs, short, cut away hard, through cover
24.3
0
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, no run, played away to leg
24.2
0
Hisham Mirza to Saeed, no run, play and miss outside off by the left-hander

One slip in place

Maldives 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4Abdullah ShahidAhmed Hassan
2nd16Abdullah ShahidMohamed Rishwan
3rd3Shafraz JaleelMohamed Rishwan
4th5Mohamed RishwanAhmed Faiz
5th0Mohamed RishwanIbrahim Hassan
6th14Neesham NasirMohamed Rishwan
7th12Mihusan HamidMohamed Rishwan
8th28Mohamed MahfoozMohamed Rishwan
9th11Mohamed MahfoozS Saeed
10th3S SaeedAhmed Jamaal