ACC Asia Cup Qualifier Day 5: UAE BACK IN RUNNING AS RAIN COMES TO OMAN'S RESCUE

Adverse weather ruined Hong Kong's bid to topple leaders Oman from the top of the ACC Asia Cup Qualifier standings after rain prevented a result in their meeting on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur.

The result leaves Oman with seven points from four matches and on the verge of qualifying for the Sept 6 final.

The United Arab Emirates routed Malaysia by eight wickets to sit second on six points, followed by Hong Kong on five points. Nepal, on four points, retain a slim chance of finishing among the top two after beating Singapore by four wickets.

Before rain lashed the Kinrara Oval, Oman were all out for 183 in 50 overs with Muhammed Nadeem (54) and Ahmad Fayyaz Butt (50) scoring vital half-centuries as Ehsan Nawaz claimed four wickets for 39.

Hong Kong were 25 without loss after five overs when play was interrupted, leaving their hopes of making the final resting on beating Nepal on Tuesday as Oman square off against UAE.

UAE needed just 8.1 overs to romp to their third win after dismising hosts Malaysia for 92 in 31.3 overs at the Bayuemas Oval in Klang.

Rohan Mustafa (38) and Rameez Shahzad (26) featured in an unbeaten 48-run partnership as UAE reached 93-2 after Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak had offered Malaysia a glimmer of hope by trapping Ashfaq Ahmed leg before for one and catching Chirag Suri (22) off his own bowling.

Malaysia earlier struggled to get runs on the board, falling to 39-5 inside 17 overs, as Sharvin Muniandy top scored with 16 runs.

While Mohammad Naveed accounted for Malaysia's opening pair of Anwar Arudin and Shafiq Sharif in the space of four deliveries in the third over, Ahmed Raza was the pick of the UAE bowlers with figures of four for 28.

Nepal picked up their second win a row after overcoming Singapore by four wickets at the UKM Oval in Bangi.

Anil Kumar Sah smashed five fours and two sixes in scoring 43 runs off 32 balls as Nepal reached 152-6 in 28.1 overs after Singapore had folded for 151 in 42 overs.

Sah was supported by Gyanendra Malla (29) and Dipendra Singh Airee (33) to keep Nepal in the running for a place in the final after recovering from losing their first two games.

Singapore slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat despite a rallying 60 by captain Chetan Suryawanshi and a patient 31 by Anish Edward Paraam.

However, Singapore never recovered from slipping to 18-3 after Sompal Kami removed openers Arjun Mutreja and Rohan Rangarajan before Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane claimed three wickets each.

ACC Asia Cup Qualifier 2018: Day 5, 2nd September 2018

Hong Kong vs Oman at Kinrara Oval
NO RESULT
Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field
Oman: 183 all out off 50 overs (M.Nadeem 54, A.Butt 50; E.Nawaz 4-39)
Hong Kong: 25 for 0 after 5 overs

Malaysia vs UAE at Bayuemas Oval
UAE WON BY EIGHT WICKETS
Malaysia won the toss and chose to bat
Malaysia: 92 all out off 31.3 overs (A.Raza 4-28)
UAE: 93 for 2 off 8.1 overs (R.Mustafa 38*)
Man of the Match: Rohan Mustafa (UAE)

Nepal vs Singapore at UKM Oval
NEPAL WON BY FOUR WICKETS
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 151 all out off 42 overs (C.Suryawanshi 60, A.Paraam 31; L.Rajbanshi 3-27, S.Lamichhane 3-35)
Nepal: 152 for 6 off 28.1 overs (A.Kumar 43, D.Airee 33)
Man of the Match: Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi (Nepal)

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Photos by Ng Wei Loong, Vincent Phoon, Alex Liew
Filed September 2nd, 2018