|Afghanistan's captain Mohammad Nabi hits out|
Afghanistan's win over hitherto unbeaten Oman on Day 4 and Nepal's win over Hong Kong have put all three teams on the same points going to the last round of matches. Afghanistan cruised to a five-wicket win after bowling out Oman for 157 and Nepal won by seven wickets in a rain-affected match after bowling out Hong Kong for 181. In the day's other game, Malaysia who had beaten Afghanistan the day before, went down by six wickets to UAE.
|Hong Kong's centurion Irfan Ahmed|
The day's individual honours went to Hong Kong opener Irfan Ahmed who scored the tournament's first century in making 106, unfortunately none of his team-mates were able to provide much support against steady Nepali bowling at Bayuemas, and the last four Hong Kong wickets fell for just 12 runs. Young pace-bowler Sompal Kami took four wickets and left-arm spinner Basant Regmi three. Irfan was last man out in the 42nd over after facing 115 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. He later took Nepal wickets as well bowling at pace, to have Nepal at 109 for 3 in the 26th over, but after a rain-interruption Nepal were able to close out the game without losing any further wickets.
At the Kinrara Oval, Malaysia were unable to match their performance against Afghanistan the day before in losing to UAE. The top order batsmen who had set up victory against Afghanistan fell cheaply and only 30s from Anwar Arudin, Hammad Ghulam and Suharril Fetri got them up to 158. In return UAE accumulated steadily before a late burst from Shaiman Anwar (53* off 33 balls) got them home inside the 26th over.
|UAE's Shaiman Anwar celebrates his match-sealing fifty|
At the Selangor Turf Club, Oman who had beaten Hong Kong, Malaysia and Nepal up to the start of the match, capitulated to Afghanistan's spinners after making a bright start and played out 28 overs in the middle of their innings for just 90 runs, losing eight wickets. Their eventual 186 was hunted down by Noor Ali Zadran who made 67 off 83 deliveries with the support of Nasir Ahmadzai's 36 and Samiullah Shenwari's 29* in 34 overs for the loss of five wickets.
Afghanistan's and Nepal's wins mean that they along with Oman have three wins out of four matches played and going into the last round on Wednesday, the games between Afghanistan and Nepal, Oman and UAE will decide who wins this year's ACC Premier League. Hong Kong will battle Malaysia for the wooden spoon.
ACC Premier League 2014: Day 4
Hong Kong v Nepal at Bayuemas
NEPAL WON BY SEVEN WICKETS (D/L Method)
(Match reduced to 38 overs)
Nepal won the toss and elected to field
Hong Kong: 181 all out off 41.5 overs (I.Ahmed 106; S.Kami 4-34, B.Regmi 3-42)
Nepal: 147 for 3 off 34.1 overs (N.Budayair 41, P.Khadka 43*)
Man of the Match: Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong)
Malaysia v UAE at Kinrara
UAE WON BY SIX WICKETS
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Malaysia: 158 all out off 44.4 overs (A.Arudin 37, S.Fetri 37, H.Khan 32; F.Ahmed 3-12)
UAE: 162 for 4 off 25.4 overs (A.Ali 43, K.Khan 37, S.Anwar 53*)
Man of the Match: Fayyaz Ahmed (UAE)
Afghanistan v Oman at STC
AFGHANISTAN WON BY FIVE WICKETS
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field
Oman: 186 all out off 48.1 overs (Z.Maqsood 43; M.Nabi 3-26, S.Shenwari 3-32)
Afghanistan: 187 for 5 off 34 overs (N.Zadran 67, N.Ahmadzai 36)
Man of the Match: Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan)
Filed May 5th, 2014