After a morning in which three teams could have won the ACC Premier League, Afghanistan came through with a 108-run D/L Method victory over Nepal in a rain-affected match to seal their place at the top of the table. Oman were the other team with a chance of winning the event, but after their loss to UAE by 57 runs midway through the afternoon, it left only Afghanistan or Nepal as possible title winners.

When news came through of Oman's loss at the Bayuemas Oval cheers ran out among the 400 fans of Afghanistan and Nepal at the Kinrara Oval: it meant that one of the teams there were going to win the ACC Premier League on this, the fifth and final day of the round-robin competition. Those Afghanistan and Nepal fans at the time were sheltering from a heavy shower that stopped play for 116 minutes of the Nepal innings as they chased Afghanistan's 262. Afghanistan's innings was set on its way by a 98-run opening partnership by Batsman of the Tournament Usman Ghani (51) and Noor Ali Zadran (43). Nepal's spinners plugged away and kept taking wickets at opportune times and though Afghanistan felt their final total was around 40 runs short on a good batting track, they felt they had enough runs.

Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran threatened with the new ball

Particularly as pace bowler Dawlat Zadran, finding his rhythm, ripped through the Nepal top order with a spell of 4-22 in six overs. When the players came off for rain, Nepal were 56 for 5 after 17 overs, and after the loss of 18 overs they were set a revised target of 237 in 32 overs. They made no real attempt to go for the runs and were closed out for 128 for 9.

Amjad Ali made 201 runs for UAE in the event

Oman's loss to UAE came after a spirited bowling performance from them in the morning in bowling UAE out for just 162 in 39 overs. At that stage a win for them, meant that only a win by Afghanistan over Nepal could deny them their first 50-over senior ACC title were they to go on to win the match. However, Mohammad Naveed perhaps the fastest bowler in the tournament made the early breakthroughs before fellow paceman Kamran Shahzad and left-arm spinner Fayyaz took five wickets in a spell which saw Oman lose seven wickets for 30 runs and the match by 57.

Hong Kong's Irfan Ahmed
Because of the margin of UAE's victory over Oman and the distance by which Nepal lost, UAE finished second in the event by virtue of Net Run Rate.

In the other game of the day, Hong Kong and home side Malaysia played out a game at the Selangor Turf Club which would decide who would finish bottom of the table and thus be relegated to the next ACC division down, the Elite. Hong Kong the ODI country, picked up their first victory. They won by four wickets with 47 balls to spare chasing 184.

Bowler of the Tournament: Sompal Kami (Nepal)
Batsman of the Tournament: Usman Ghani (Afghanistan)
Player of the Tournament: Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong)

ACC Premier League 2014: Day 5

Oman v UAE at Bayuemas
Oman won the toss and elected to field
UAE: 162 all out off 38.4 overs (M.Shahzad 50; M.Ansari 4-43)
Oman: 105 all out off 38 overs (V.Wategaonkar 34; F.Ahmed 3-14, K.Shazad 3-27)
Man of the Match: Mohammad Shahzad (UAE)

Afghanistan v Nepal at Kinrara
(Match reduced to 32 overs)
Nepal won the toss and elected to field
Afghanistan: 262 all out off 49.3 overs (N.Zadran 43, U.Ghani 51, H.Shaidi 51, M.Nabi 34; S.Gauchan 3-39, B.Regmi 3-45)
Nepal: 128 for 9 off 32 overs (P.Khadka 33; D.Zadran 4-26)
Man of the Match: Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan)

Malaysia v Hong Kong at STC
Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field
Malaysia: 184 all out off 46.5 overs (A.Faiz 32, K.Hayat 37, H.Khan 38; N.Ahmed 3-28)
Hong Kong: 186 for 6 off 42.1 overs (W.Barkat 44, N.Khan 37, B.Hayat 45)
Man of the Match: Waqas Barkat (Hong Kong)

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Filed May 7th, 2014