Qatar maintained their lead at the top of the table in the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Qualifier – Asia in Chiang Mai as they recorded their third win by beating Thailand by 60 runs at Gymkhana Club.
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Qatar were put under pressure by the hosts as they were bowled out for 160 in 45.2 overs but Qatar have a formidable fast bowler in Awais Malik who was named man of the match for figures of 4 for 17 in 8 overs as Thailand were dismissed for 100.
Qatar captain Inam-ul Haq paid tribute to his match-winning fast bowler and to the Thailand team who had given his side a tough time in a difficult match
After two days packed with milestones for the batsmen, bowlers held sway on the third day of the tournament. Saudi Arabia are hot on the heels of Qatar in the table as they recorded their second win in two matches as they overcame Bahrain by six wickets at Royals after bowling them out for just 78. Bhutan won their first match at the third attempt as they beat China by ten wickets after Jigme Singye had taken 8 for 24 and scored an unbeaten 38 on his old school ground at Prem.
Qatar won the toss and batted first at Gymkhana but Thailand made an excellent start with the ball. 17-year-old Kamron Senamontree marked his debut for Thailand by taking a wicket with his third ball as he bowled Iman-ul-Haq for 1.
Senamontree claimed his second wicket of an outstanding opening spell when he had Qalandar Khan caught behind for 20 to leave Qatar on 33 for 2. After they had passed the fifty mark in 14 overs, elder brother Noppon took the third wicket. Younger brother Komron bowls right-arm medium but Noppon bowls slow left-arm and Khurram Shahzad was caught at slip by Sameer Gawas. The brothers bowled in tandem after Komron was brought back to finish his 10 overs with outstanding figures of 2 for 22.
Noppon then claimed his second wicket of the day as he had wicket-keeper batsman Mohammed Rizlan bowled for 24 as Qatar have slipped to 78 for 4 after 23 overs. It kept getting better and better for the Senamontree brothers as Noppon collected his third wicket as he had Zaheer Ibrahmin caught at slip by a diving Sameer Gawas to leave Qatar on 101 for 5.
Excitement was mounting at Gymkhana as first the dangerous Tamoor Sajjad hit 18 from an over of off-spin from Payupath Sungnard with a six and three fours, only to be caught behind off the bowling of Vichanath Singh for 32 from 29 balls as Qatar slipped to 127 for 6. Noppon Senamontree finished his spell with excellent figures of 10-3-35-3 and captain Daniel Jacobs brought himself on to bowl his leg-spin.