The much awaited 6 Nations cricket festival tournament organized by Kuwait Cricket took off in a grand fashion at the new look Sulaibiya cricket ground on Friday, March 14, 2014. In the inaugural match of the tournament, the cricket crazy Afghanistan lads, playing enterprising cricket, edged the Local Bangladesh team by a narrow margin of 3 wickets. In a tensed match, the Afghan team had to wait till the last over of the match to clinch the victory from the spirited fight back displayed by the Bangladeshi team.
Winning the toss and batting first, Bangladesh owed a great lot to their talented batsman Bulbul who top scored with a fluent 37 runs as he exhibited some classic strokes in taking the total to 114 runs on a pitch favoring the slow bowlers. Mohsin with 18 runs & Aziz scoring 11 runs supported the team well in taking the score to 114 runs in 20 over for the loss of 8 wickets. Adil Dawlatzai was the top wicket taker with 2-17 runs for Afghanistan, while Mauladad, Fareedullah & Adil Afnan took a wicket each.
Bangladesh bowlers put up a stiff fight and never allowed the free scoring Afghanistan batsmen to settle and it was left for Mohammed Mirwas to play a sheet anchor role as he steadied well to play a match winning knock of 37 runs. Ibrahim played well to score 20 runs while Mohammed Mir notched a useful 19 runs to give Afghanistan their maiden victory in the last over. Bangladesh bowlers Touhid & Aziz shared 2 wickets each as Kader, Bulbul & Hassan took a wicket each. Mohammed Mirwas of Afghanistan was declared Player of the match.
Kuwait National cricket team, skippered by evergreen Mahmoud Bastaki a well-known Kuwaiti cricketer amongst the cricket loving fraternity in Kuwait and playing active cricket for almost 30 years, displayed splendid talent as the new look team comprising of only Kuwaiti Nationals fought their heart out against the fancied Sri Lankan team.
Sri lanka posted a huge total of 200 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs and the score would have been much more had not Abdul Rehman Al-Kandari plucked a couple of breath taking catches from the thin air which matched international standards. Sasanka, the Sri Lankan batsman had the distinction of scoring the first century of the tournament as he stroked a handsome 119 runs with 5 huge sixes and 11 hits to the fence. Jagath Roshantha played well to score 39 runs. Mahmoud Bastaki & Abdul Rehman Kandari shared the bowling honors by capturing 2 wickets each as Fahad Bastaki accounted for 1 wicket.
Fahad Bastaki exhibiting some inherited talent from his father Mahmoud Bastaki, played positive cricket in scoring 23 runs while Kuwait chased the target but the new look team still raw and fresh could not match the skills of the seasoned Sri Lankan side as they could score only 62 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Sasanka was rightly declared Player of the match for his top notch batting & Abdulrehman Al-Kandari was awarded a special talent prize for his overall cricketing skills.
21 March 2014 17:30 Pakistan VS Afghanistan
21 March 2014 20:30 Kuwait VS India