Saudi Arabia get second win of ACC Challenger Cup with eight-wicket victory over Bhutan

BANGKOK: Saudi Arabia had their first match in Group A of the Asian Cricket Council T20 Males’s Challenger Cup towards Cambodia on Thursday and dominated the match by successful 88 runs.

Cambodia, winners of the pre-tournament qualifier competitors and South East Asia Video games gold medalists, gained the toss and elected to subject however had been no match for the highly effective Saudi batting line-up.

The Saudi innings received off to a dramatic begin as Abdul Waheed hit his second ball for 4, however Faisal Khan was not so lucky as his second ball crashed into his helmet as Sharwan Godara bowled a bouncer and Khan was pressured to retire damage.

Waheed was undaunted by that nasty incident and hit numerous boundaries. He was joined by Waqar-ul-Hasan who scored 141 runs with out being dismissed in final yr’s match and who was additionally discovering the boundary.

The victory for Saudi Arabia by 88 runs is their largest ever in T20Is. (X/@ACCMedia1)

However Hasan’s unbeaten run was ended as he was caught and bowled by Ram Sharan, and Khan returned to the crease on the first alternative and instantly hit a 4 to carry up the Saudi 50 from precisely six overs.

Khan hit the primary six of the day, however left-arm spinner Utkarsh Jain had his revenge by getting him stumped. Waheed was nonetheless going properly as Saudi Arabia reached 84 for 2 on the midway stage.

Waheed reached his half-century from 37 balls and continued to construct an enormous partnership for the third wicket with Waji-ul-Hassan. Waheed posted the very best rating by a Saudi batsman in T20Is and noticed his nation previous their highest complete.


The partnership ended on 102, however Waheed was dismissed on 99 from 58 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes as he tried for his a hundredth run. Saudi Arabia completed on 192 for six from their 20 overs.

Khan was feeling the consequences of his harm and was substituted by Imran Yousaf as a concussion substitute.

Atif-ur-Rehman and Ishtiaq Ahmad demolished Bahrain for 26 the final time they bowled on this floor, nevertheless it took 5 overs for them to say their first wicket as Cambodia tried to catch the massive goal, managing to achieve 35 for one after six overs.

Cambodia misplaced their second wicket on 44 as Usman Najeeb dismissed Lakshit Gupta leg earlier than wicket for twenty-four after which bowled Lugman Butt for a duck with a magnificence.

Cambodia made a gentle begin, however they’d no reply to the quick bowling of Najeeb who took three wickets to tear the center out of the Cambodian innings and appears a superb addition to an already spectacular assault.

Yousaf, the concussion substitute for Khan, can be a helpful leg-spinner and he additionally claimed three wickets towards the tip of the innings as Cambodia had been bowled out for 104 in 19.3 overs.

Saudi Arabia had gained by 88 runs, their largest victory in T20Is, and Waheed was named participant of the match for making Saudi Arabia’s highest particular person rating.

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