Rahul extends form to help UAE wreck Bahrain – GCC Sports | HalaWallah
Dubai: The UAE Under-19 left-arm spinner Rahul Bhatia carried his good form from the UAE’s inter-collegiate cricket event to Asian Cricket Council Western Region event in Malaysia. He produced a lethal spell of six wickets for 25 runs to make sure the UAE a 73-run win over Bahrain within the opening match of the event.
The UAE had been bowled out for less than 126 runs however Bhatia along with his six-wicket spell from 9.5 overs, backed by his skipper Fahad Nawaz’s four-wicket haul for 16 from six overs, bowled out Bahrain for a paltry 54 runs in 23.5 overs.
Before Bhatia flew out to Malaysia, he had produced an excellent spell of 5 wickets for 10 runs within the University Premier League (UPL) Twenty20 championship towards Skyline University to help Heriot Watt win the title. He additionally had bagged 4 wickets within the semi-final and in addition claimed 5 wickets for 19 runs towards Midlands University from the UK within the UAE Under-19 heat up match earlier than the tour.
Speaking to Gulf News from Malaysia after bagging a complete of 20 wickets from 4 matches, Rahul stated: “I always bowl with an aim of winning the match for my team. Being able to remain calm and focusing on the line and length has helped me. I got some good turn and exploited it well to take the wickets.”
Rahul has made it a behavior to run by way of batting line-ups. In April, representing the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Blues towards Papua New Guinea (PNG), he produced a spell of 5 wickets for 21 runs.
On Thursday, the UAE received the toss however acquired off to dangerous begin shedding opener Ansh Tandon for a duck to George Aaron Axtel. One-drop batsman Aryan Lakra fell to Axtel for 4. The UAE opener and captain Nawaz may rating solely 10 runs however Mohammad Ali hit a preventing 46 runs and Hrithik Bhatia chipped in with 28 to make sure the UAE had a preventing whole.
Rahul struck straight away by clear bowling Bahrain opener Mohammad Tariq for 3. Rahul additionally eliminated Axtel for a duck and subsequent batsman Rakshit Puppala. Three down for 15 within the first 10 overs, strain started to mount on Bahrain. When Fahad had Mohammad Ashiq caught by Rahul for 4 and trapped Lijo Jose too leg earlier than for a duck, Bahrain’s half the batsmen had been again within the pavilion for 24 runs. Rahul went for the kill regardless of Jagan Vijayakumar’s preventing knock of 33 runs.
Brief scores: UAE bt Bahrain by 73 runs. UAE 126 in 33.5 overs (Mohammad Ali 46, Hrithik Bhatia 28, George Axtel four for 35) Bahrain 54 in 23.5 overs (Jagan Vijayakumar 33, Rahul Bhatia 6 for 25, Fahad Nawaz four for 16).
Credits : Ok R Nayar (Gulfnews)
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