Afghanistan and Nepal continued their upward march towards the U19 World Cup by winning their matches in today's round of the ACC U-19 Premier League. Both teams' bowlers shone on a day when Nepal initially found the going hard against a Malaysian team that bowled and fielded close to faultlessly in dismissing the Himalayan state for 115 at the TACK-TEC ground in Kuwait.

It was only a battling innings of 39 by captain Raju Rijal before he was run-out, that took Nepal past 100. Going in before lunch, a terrific opportunity for a rare victory against Nepal looking to be theirs for the taking, Malaysia lost two wickets in the first over to the pace of Arjun Chapagain and were up against it from then on. Once Anwar Rahman (33 off 38 deliveries) fell with the score on 55, the Nepalese bowlers were completely on top and soon after, eight consecutive maidens were reeled off, 50 deliveries passing at one stretch without a run being scored. Following Anwar's dismissal 7 runs were scored for the loss of 5 wickets over 95 deliveries, Malaysia all out for 62 in the 31st over.

Afghanistan bowled out Saudi Arabia for just 49, no batsman getting into double figures, with Naveen-ul-Haq taking a hat-trick in his 6 for 17 in eight overs of searing pace. Earlier in the day Afghanistan had amassed 326 in spite of being dismissed inside 50 overs, with all but two of the batsmen reaching double figures and 14-year old Tariq Stanikzai (67 off 67, five 4s and three 6s). again shining.  It may not seem as if Saudi Arabia had a good day in the field, but keeping Afghanistan below 400 and bowling them out was in large part due to their left-arm spinner Faisal Khan who took 4-58 bowling with loop and flight.

Afghanistan and Nepal meet on Friday at the TACK-TEC ground on Friday in what is expected to be a virtual play-off for the one automatic qualifying berth for the next U19 World Cup. Kuwait play UAE at Sulaibiya on Thursday.

ACC U-19 Premier, Day 4
Afghanistan v Saudi Arabia at SCG
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
Afghanistan: 326 all out off 47.1 overs (Shahidullah 41, H.Zazai 36, T.Stanikzai 67, W.Shafaq 41, R.Khan 48; F.Khan 4-58)
Saudi Arabia: 49 all out off 21.1 overs (N.ul-Haq 6-17)
Man of the Match: Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan)

Malaysia v Nepal at TACK-TEC
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat
Nepal: 115 all out off 40 overs (R.Rijal 39; V.Singh 3-16)
Malaysia: 62 all out off 30.4 overs (A.Rahman 33; A.Chapagain 3-14)
Man of the Match: Raju Rijal (Nepal)

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Filed November 12th, 2014