DAY 1: AFGHANISTAN AND NEPAL POWER TO WINS



ACC U-19 Premier defending champions Afghanistan, along with Nepal scored major victories on the opening day of the Asian Cricket Council's latest event to be held in Kuwait. Afghanistan beat Malaysia by 10 wickets while Nepal beat Saudi Arabia by 195 runs.

Afghanistan's win was indebted to leg-spinner Rashid Khan who took 6 for 13 in his ten overs, bowling leg-breaks and googlies, all his victims being either bowled or lbw. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam (former captain of Bangladesh), who was at the match at the TACK-TEC ground praised the young bowler's variations and said, "if he he is looked after and allowed to develop and learn he will be able to play at the highest level." Afghanistan's left-handed openers knocked off the 102 required to win inside 10 overs, playing some strokes of emphatic power and timing.

In Nepal's match at Sulaibiya, Nepal raced to 321 in their 50 overs, Shankar Rana and captain Raju Rijal sharing a 149-run stand for 3rd wicket in just 119 deliveries before some late hitting by Dipendra Airee took Nepal soaring past 300. In return, Saudi Arabia started well but once the Nepal spinners came on, the batsmen, used to playing on cement and Astroturf collapsed from 88 for 1 to 126 all out.

Tomorrow's matches are Kuwait v Nepal at TACK-TEC and Afghanistan v UAE at Sulaibiya.

Nepal v Saudi Arabia at SCG
NEPAL WON BY 195 RUNS
Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 321 all out off 49.5 overs (S.Rana 89, R.Rijal 49, A.Sheikh 33, D.Airee 42; F.Khan 5-59)
Saudi Arabia: 126 all out off 37.5 overs (F.Khan 41, S.Hakeem 43; S.Kandel 3-25)
Man of the Match: Sushil Rana (Nepal)
Scorecard

Afghanistan v Malaysia at TACK-TEC
AFGHANISTAN WON BY TEN WICKETS
Malaysia won the toss and chose to bat
Malaysia: 101 all out off 36.1 overs (V.Singh 30; R.Khan 6-13)
Afghanistan: 105 for 0 off 9.3 overs (H.Zazai 66*, Shahidullah 33*)
Man of the Match: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Scorecard

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Filed November 9th, 2014