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“Hong Kong and Oman Advance to Final of ICC Men’s World Cup Asia Division 2 Qualifier”

The ICC U19 Men’s Asia Division 2 Qualifier in Bangkok witnessed semi-final action, with Kuwait facing Hong Kong and Oman taking on Malaysia.

Hong Kong emerged victorious against Kuwait by 33 runs, securing a spot in the final and the Asia Division 1 Qualifier. In the other semi-final, Oman defeated Malaysia by 19 runs, also advancing to the final and the Asia Division 1 Qualifier.

In the semi-final between Hong Kong and Kuwait, Hong Kong opted to bat first and made a solid start, with openers Arya Panjwani and Taran Lungani laying a strong foundation. Panjwani scored a half-century, and Taran Lungani contributed with an unbeaten 85 as Hong Kong posted a total of 234/3.

In response, Kuwait’s openers struggled against Hong Kong’s bowling attack, with Rishan Shah and Shayan Puri making early breakthroughs. Despite a valiant effort from Jay Mehta, who scored an unbeaten 77, Kuwait fell short and were restricted to 201/9, handing Hong Kong the victory.

In the other semi-final, Oman faced Malaysia, and after a slow start, Oman lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 154. Malaysia’s chase got off to a shaky start, losing early wickets, and despite a fighting partnership, they were bowled out for 135, falling short of the target.

Both semi-finals showcased thrilling cricket, with Hong Kong and Oman emerging as the finalists. The matches demonstrated the talent and competitiveness of young players in the region, highlighting the importance of youth cricket development programs.

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