Qatar raced to a seven-wicket victory over Maldives in the opening Group A match of the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup. The Maldives batsmen gifted the match to Qatar with some reckless strokes against the leg-spinner Ali Ishtiaq. From 44 for 1 in the 11th over the Maldives just collapsed.
Qatar didn't find it easy against Maldives' sbowlers in reply - they too opened with spin - but 63 was always achievable. The Maldives had an off day and can surely do better, Qatar have a valuable win in the bag.
Maldives v Qatar at AIT, Bangkok
QATAR WON BY SEVEN WICKETS
Maldives: 64 off 20.1 overs (A. Ishtiaq 5-9)
Qatar: 65 for 3 off 14.5 overs (F. Rauf 33*)
Man of the Match: Ali Ishtiaq (Qatar)