Full members win all round on opening day of Under-19 Asia Cup
Everything went as expected on the opening day of the Under-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur as the four full-members all won their matches against their associate and affiliate counterparts.
The most comprehensive of all the wins was Bangladesh's 328 run mauling of Qatar. Batting first after being put in by Qatar, their innings was built around an amazing 209 from just 135 balls by Soumya Sarkar. When he was out in the 45th over the score was 316-3.
The middle order took the score to 363-7 from the allocated 50 overs, with captain Asif Ahmed also contributing with 87. Pick of the Qatar bowlers was Loganathan Lokesh with 3-43. Tamoor Sajjad didn't take a wicket, but deserves credit for only conceding 50 runs from his ten overs, the most economical of all the Qatari bowlers.
Qatar were never likely to chase down that target, especially when they were faced with a quite remarkable bowling performance from Abu Haider. He tore through the Qatari batting order, taking nine wickets for just ten runs. He was only denied the chance to take all ten due to an injury to Omar Ishtiaq, who wasn't able to bat.
No batsman made double figures for Qatar, with four batsman out for ducks. Loganathan Lokesh was their top scorer with nine as they were bowled out for 35, losing by 328 runs.
The other match in Group B saw Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka. Afghanistan batted first after winning the toss, and struggled, scoring 129 before they were dismissed in the 35th over. Tharindu Kaushal was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with 4-19.
In reply, Sri Lanka were given a bit of a scare from the Afghans when they they were reduced to 77-5 at the halfway point of their innings. They did recover though, led by Sandun Weerakkody with 42. They went on to win by four wickets with 13.2 overs to spare.
In Group A, Nepal took on Pakistan, a team they beat back at the 2002 Under-19 World Cup. Nepal batted first but could only score 156 before they were bowled out, Naresh Budayair top scoring with 34. The target was no trouble for Pakistan, who chased down the target in 37.3 overs, Sami Aslam top scoring with an unbeaten 82.
Hosts Malaysia were taking on India in the other Group A match, and their innings started badly when Pasha Syafiq Ali was bowled by Sandeep Sharma from the first ball of the match. They were eventually dismissed for 126 in 39.3 overs, Vikas Mishra the pick of the bowlers with 4-18.
India reached their target for the loss of two wickets in 31 overs, Baba Aparajith top scoring with an unbeaten 38.
In today's second round of group matches, hosts Malaysia take on Nepal and Pakistan take on India in Group A, whilst Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play Qatar in Group B.