ACC Asia Cup Qualifier Day 4: OMAN MARCH AHEAD AS HONG KONG CONTINUE REVIVAL

Oman remain the only team with a perfect record in the ACC Asia Cup Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur after Aaqib Ilyas Sulehri scored a century in an eight-wicket win over Singapore on Saturday.

With the United Arab Emirates going down by 182 runs to Hong Kong, Oman top the six-team standings with six points from three consecutive wins.

Hong Kong moved into second spot on four points, the same as the UAE but with a better net run-rate , while Nepal claimed their first win after beating Malaysia by 19 runs in Klang where the start was delayed by rain.

Oman look odds-on favourites to make the final on Sept 6 after a scintillating display at the Kinrara Oval.

Having restricted Singapore to 215-8 in 50 overs, Sulehri scored his team's first century of the tournament to lead Oman to 216-2 in 26.4 overs.

Sulehri's 108 runs came off just 71 balls runs while hitting 12 fours and six sixes as he featured in an opening stand of 151 with Jatinder Singh (53).

Khawar Ali brought Oman home with an unbeaten 36 to extend their perfect record to three wins.

Earlier, Rohan Rangarajan (68) and Anish Edward Paraam (77) built a 106-run partnership for the second wicket to help Singapore reach 135-1 before the former's dismissal by Muhammad Nadeem (2-21) led to a steady loss of wickets.

Bilal Khan plundered four wickets for 40 runs as Singapore struggled to 215 and remain winless after three matches.

At the UKM Oval in Bangi, Hong Kong piled the pressure on UAE by scoring 275-8 in 49 overs before dismissing their opponents for 93 in 24.5 overs.

Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath (102) and Babar Hayat (107) scored a century each in a partnership worth 180 runs for the second wicket.

Rath smashed nine fours and two sixes while Hayat stroked nine sixes and two fours as they freely scored runs against the UAE bowlers.

Ehsan Khan then wreaked havoc with the UAE batting in taking 4 for 17 as only Rohan Mustafa (33) and Muhammad Usman, with an unbeaten 19, made any scores of significance.

Nepal beat Malaysia at the Bayuemas Oval in a match reduced to 30 overs-a-side and appeared to be in trouble at 60-5 as Syazrul Ezat Idrus and Sharvin Muniandy claimed three wickets each.

But Dipendra Singh Airee (54) and Md Arif Sheikh (64) combined effectively for a 101-run stand to lead Nepal to 188-7 off 30 overs.

Malaysia progressed steadily until losing Virandeep Singh (21) and Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak (34) at 131-5 as Basant Regmi grabbed three wickets for 36 with the hosts ending on 169-9 in 30 overs.

ACC Asia Cup Qualifier 2018: Day 4, 1st September 2018

Oman vs Singapore at Kinrara Oval
OMAN WON BY EIGHT WICKETS
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 215 for 8 off 50 overs (R.Rangarajan 68, A.Paraam 77; B.Khan 4-40)
Oman: 216 for 2 off 26.4 overs (A.Sulehri 108, J.Singh 53, K.Ali 36*)
Man of the Match: Aaqib Ilyas Sulehri (Oman)

Malaysia vs Nepal at Bayuemas Oval
NEPAL WON BY 19 RUNS
Malaysia won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 118 for 7 off 30 overs (D.Airee 54, A.Sheikh 64*; S.Idrus 3-27, S.Muniandy 3-50)
Malaysia: 169 for 9 off 30 overs (A.Arudin 34, SA.Mubarak 34; B.Regmi 3-36)
Man of the Match: Dipendra Singh Airee (Nepal)

UAE vs Hong Kong at UKM Oval
HONG KONG WON BY 182 RUNS
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Hong Kong: 275 for 8 off 49 overs (A.Rath 102, B.Hayat 107; I.Haider 3-58, R.Mustafa 3-55)
UAE: 93 all out off 24.5 overs (R.Mustafa 33; E.Khan 4-17)
Man of the Match: Babar Hayat (Hong Kong)

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Photos by Ng Wei Loong, Vincent Phoon, Alex Liew
Filed September 1st, 2018