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Qatar thrash Oman by Nine Wickets



Qatar’s preparation for the ACC U-19 girls’ event paid off handsomely when they score a nine-wicket win over Oman at the Prem Oval in Bangkok yesterday.

Replying to Oman’s 64 scored in 21.1 overs, Qatar raced to the target in just 10.3 overs with Ishanni Mittal making an unbeaten 20. A fine bowling performance by Nahan Arif, who claimed two wickets for three runs, set the stage for an  easy run chase. She was declared player of the match after chipped in with a fine 17 when Qatar batted.

Oman’s batters were up against a decent Qatari attack led by Shruti Srinivasan and Rishika Reddy. Reddy, a bustling medium-pacer, really bent her back and bowled a number of express deliveries.

Oman’s batters found Safa Patel’s wily slow right-arm, with canny variations of pace, particularly hard to play. ‘Wides blighted the Qatar bowlers’ figures and two catches were dropped but the ground-fielding was sharp and the enthusiasm high.

Arzoo Sattikar stood strong for Oman and looks a powerful player, one slash through extra cover in the seventh over of the Omani innings revealing some class and power. Some drives through the off didn’t always beat the field but were crisp, nevertheless. Wickets fell all around here, however, and once she was out, with the score on 54,Qatar knew they wouldn’t have to chase much.

Qatar took off like a rocket chasing 64. Captain Aysha Mohammed stared with a thumping pull through mid-wicket then cut through point for another boundary. After two overs Qatar were on 21 and well on their way.
Aysha is a hitter pure and simple, and her opening partner Ishanni Mittal displayed a copybook technique- a straight driven four demonstrating that aptly.

“We have been working hard for a long time, our first match the girls struggled because they were not used to the grass, today they showed what they can do and they will get better,” said Qatar’s Coach Aruna De Silva.

Oman: 64 off 21.1 overs (S.Srinivasan3-17, S. Patel 3-12, N.Arif 2-3)
Qatar:67 for 1 after 10.3 overs (I. Mittal 20*)
Player of the match: Nahan Arif from Qatar.


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