Qatar makes disastrous international debut vs Kuwait

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Singapore: Qatar had a disastrous introduction to international cricket at the ACC Trophy tournament in Singapore on Thursday, with an eight-wicket whipping by Kuwait and the match finishing before the scheduled lunch break.

Sent in to bat first, Qatar was all out for 100 in 31 overs, with Mohammad Jhangir top scoring with 35. The next highest contribution came from a generous 19 extras by the Kuwait bowlers, with Abdullah Khan providing two wides in his one over of the match in which he took three wickets for six runs to clean up the Qatar tail. Hisham Mirza took three for 35. Kuwait required just 17 overs to reach the simple target, with the loss of two wickets. Nabeel Ghafoor top-scored with 48 not out, while Muhammad Nawaz took advantage of the inexperienced Qatar bowling attack to smash his way to 37 off 18 balls. In the second match Thursday, Singapore were all out for 206 in the 49th over against Maldives, with first day centurymaker Zubin Shroff again top scoring for Singapore with 42. Maldives in reply was 24 for two in the fifth over when rain stopped play. Qatar and Oman are making their international debuts at the 10-nation ACC Trophy tournament, which draws the non-Test playing nations from Asia and the Middle East. Oman, in its opening match Wednesday, was beaten by defending champion United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 138 runs.

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