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Bahrain rout Myanmar

BAHRAIN yesterday scored their second successive victory beating Myanmar by one of the biggest

margins in the ACC Trophy Challenge at Chiang Mai in Thailand.

The national team recorded a resounding 218-run victory over a hapless Myanmar.

Batting first, Bahrain recovered brilliantly from 40 for four to reach a challenging 250 all out in 45.5 overs.

They then bowled out Myanmar for 32 in 21.1 overs with Qamar Saeed doing the star turn with amazing figures of five for 13 which deservedly won him the man-of-the-match award.

Myanmar began promisingly with their fast bowlers

dismissing the Bahrain top order of Ashraf Mughal,

Abdulwahab, Noman Yousuf and captain Tahir Dar cheaply.

But Imran Sajjad and Shahzad Siddique dug deep to lift the team from depths of despair at 41 for four by the 10th over to a morale-boosting 187 for five by the 32nd over.

The duo added 146 runs in 102 minutes and about 23 overs. Sajjad made a fine 80-ball 77 (4 boundaries, 1 six) while Siddique contributed an equally effective 85-ball 61 (5 boundaries, 1 six).

Later Shahzad Ahmed added an useful 23 while 42 extra runs conceded by Myanmar boosted Bahrain's total to 250.

In reply, Myanmar could barely put up any resistance and were reduced to 16 for six in the 15th over.

No. 8 Aye Min Than was the only batsman to reach double figures with a 10 made of 17 balls.

Sameer Yousuf (2-7) and Sajjad (1-7) provided the initial breakthrough while Saeed ran through the middle and lower order to complete the rout in the 22nd over.

Bahrain take on Qatar in their third match of Group B tomorrow. A victory would see them take on Thailand in the semi-final while a defeat will put them face to face with tournament favourites Singapore.

Bahrain national coach Amir Waseem said he was disappointed with the performance of the Bahrain top order but was relieved to pull off a fine victory.

"We will try our best to win every game and win the tournament. The players are promising but they need better facilities in Bahrain to practice and prepare for such international events," said Waseem.

"We need everyone back home to pray for us and hopefully we will bring the trophy back to Bahrain." In yesterday's other matches, Thailand beat Iran by six wickets while Qatar tamed China by nine wickets.



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