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Oman celebrate a narrow yet big victory over Hong Kong

Afghanistan, who have not beaten UAE in any form of the game since December 2011, pulled off a 70-run win in the One Day International at the Kinrara Oval on Day 2 of the ACC Premier League. They were indebted to a storming brace of 50s from captain Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari after 50s from openers Noor Ali and Usman Ghani - his second of the tournament. Nepal's bowlers led by Sompal Kami's 5-47 helped them bowl out Malaysia for 149 before Nepal won by five wickets. Oman won a low-scoring thriller by nine runs against vaunted Hong Kong at the Selangor Turf Club.

Nepal's Sharad Vesawkar

Afghan leg-spinner Rahmat Shah picked up 5-32 in UAE's run-chase and notwithstanding Nabi's and Shenwari's efforts (116 came off the last eight overs of the Afghanistan innings), there is some scope to say the most influential player on the match was UAE's opener Amjad Ali. It was his drop of Mohammad Nabi when the Afghan captain was 16 which allowed Afghanistan to recover from the loss of four quick wickets and then his 98 off 107 deliveries with eleven 4s and one 6 looked like taking UAE close to the Afghanistan 302. No one else played an innings of substance however for UAE and Afghanistan's relatively young side recorded a significant victory.

Mohammad Nabi wins another Man of the Match award
Chasing 150, Nepal were in trouble at 36 for 4 with veteran seamer Suresh Navaratnam picking up three quick wickets but a gutsy stand of 89 for the fifth-wicket between Sharad Vesawkar and the recalled Mahboob Alam got them home. Oman's captain Sultan Ahmed played one of his trademark crisis-innings to make 37 after Oman were 57 for 6 in the 21st over, routed by Hong Kong's seamer Tanwir Afzal who took three top-order wickets. Amir Ali made a vital 32*. Hong Kong would have been fancied to win but Rajesh Kumar and left-arm spinner Ajay Lalcheta combined to have Hong Kong at 70 for 7 in the 23rd over and Ankur Sharma's 30 and No. 10 Haseeb Amjad's 38 wasn't quite enough.

Saturday is a rest day before the competition resumes on Sunday with an ODI between Hong Kong and UE who are both seeking their first win, as well as the game between Nepal and Oman who are both unbeaten. Afghanistan will play Malaysia.

ACC Premier League 2014: Day 2

Malaysia v Nepal at Bayuemas
Malaysia won the toss and chose to bat
Malaysia: 149 all out off 43 overs (A.Arudin 34; S.Kami 5-47)
Nepal: 150 for 5 off 37.3 overs (M.Alam 53; S.Navaratnam 3-33)
Man of the Match: Sompal Kami (Nepal)

Afghanistan v UAE at Kinrara
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Afghanistan: 302 for 5 off 50 overs (N.Zadran 53, U.Ghani 55, S.Shenwari 82*, M.Nabi 77)
UAE: 232 all out off 44.3 overs (A.Ali 98; R.Shah 5-32)
Man of the Match: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

Hong Kong v Oman at STC
Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field
Oman: 143 all out off 45.1 overs (S.Ahmed 37, A.Ali 32*; T.Afzal 3-28, I.Ahmed 3-17)
Hong Kong: 134 all out off 41.1 overs (A.Sharma 30, H.Amjad 38; R.Kumar 3-25, A.Lalcheta 4-22)
Man of the Match: Ajay Lalcheta (Oman)

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Filed May 2nd, 2014

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