UAE emerge Asian Champions to qualify for Under-19 World Cup

The UAE qualified for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa during January-February 2020 by emerging as the champions of the ICC Asia U19 World Cup qualifier in Kuala Lumpur.

Skipper Aryan Lakra, through his third consecutive man of the match award-winning all-round performance that also earned him the player of the tournament award, steered the UAE to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Oman in their last match of the tournament on Thursday.

The UAE boys celebrated their sterling performance of remaining unbeaten in all the five matches in this qualifier by holding aloft the championship trophy at the Bayuemas Oval ground in Kuala Lumpur.

Oman were bowled out for 104 in 43.3 overs, through fine spells from Lakra (3-27) and Rishabh Mukherjee (3-24) while Akasha Tahir and Palaniapan Meiyappan took two wickets each.

The UAE raced to the target through opener Lakra’s unbeaten 51 off 45 balls with nine boundaries and Syed Haider’s unconquered 56 runs off 28 balls with eight boundaries and one six.

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