Kuwait and Oman are the two unbeaten teams after day two of the ACC Twenty20 Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Kuwait batted first after losing the toss against Saudi Arabia. Captain Aamir Javed top scored for them with 44 from 26 balls as they scored 159 from their 20 overs. Shoaib Ali will have been pleased with his six wickets, but not the 55 runs he conceded in the process.

Saudi Arabia went into the last two overs of their run chase needing 23 runs. Fifteen runs were taken from the penultimate over, including five wides from Khallid Butt. With 8 needed from the last though, they could only manage four and lost by three runs. Mohsin Shabbir was left stranded on an unbeaten 44.

The other match of the morning saw Singapore bat first after winning the toss against the Maldives at Sharjah. Three of the Singaporean batsmen reached double figures, with captain Saad Janjua top scoring with 38. Hassan Ibrahim and Ahmed Hassan both took three wickets as Singapore were kept to 128-8 from their 20 overs.

It was certainly an achievable target, but the Maldives struggled in their reply. Abdullah Shahid was the only batsman to reach double figures, scoring 21 as the Maldives were bowled out for 60 to lose by 68 runs. Suresh Appusamy was the pick of the bowlers with 4-16.

In the afternoon game at Sharjah, Oman batted first after captain Sultan Ahmed won the toss against Malaysia. Oman put together the highest score of the tournament so far, belting 192-3 from their 20 overs. Jatinder Singh top scored with 62 from 41 balls, but the most destructive innings came from Adnan Ilyas, who smashed 35 from just 8 balls as Oman took 40 from the final two overs of their innings.

Suhan Alagaratnam top scored in the Malaysian reply with 34, but he was the only batsman to pass 30. Faced with such a stiff target, Malaysia managed 146-7 from their 20 overs and lost by 46 runs.

Oman and Kuwait will look to make it three wins from three tomorrow when they take on Singapore and the Maldives respectively. Malaysia will play Saudi Arabia in the other match of the day.


Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia by 3 runs
Al Dhaid Cricket Village, 26 January
Kuwait 159 (19.5 overs, Aamir Javed 44, Shoaib Ali 6-55)
Saudi Arabia 156-8 (20 overs, Mohsin Shabbir 44*)

Singapore beat Maldives by 68 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, 26 January
Singapore 128-8 (20 overs, Saad Janjua 38, Ahmed Hassan 3-22, Hassan Ibrahim 3-27)
Maldives 60 (13.3 overs, S Appusamy 4-16)

Oman beat Malaysia by 46 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, 26 January
Oman 192-3 (20 overs, Jatinder Singh 62, A Lalcheta 40, Adnan Ilyas 35 from 8 balls)
Malaysia 146-7 (20 overs)