United Arab Emirates (UAE) started their Asia Cup Qualifier campaign with a huge 215-run win over Singapore at UKM-YSD Cricket Oval, Bangi, Malaysia on Wednesday (August 29). Chirag Suri and Ahmed Raza were the chief architects of the win, the former scored a 124-ball 111 and the latter picked up 6 for 20.
Singapore won the toss and inserted the opposition – a decision that backfired immediately as UAE openers Suri and Ashfaq Ahmed got them off to a flier. Once the 105-run partnership was broken, Suri went on to stitch another 100 plus stand with Shaiman Anwar. Though they lost their way towards the end, they still managed to post 312.
The chase never got going for Singapore as Raza ran through the top order and reduced them to 19 for 5. If not for captain Chetan Suryawanshi’s unbeaten 51, the final total would have looked even more embarrassing. Only three batsmen managed to reach double digits and the highest partnership of the innings came for the last wicket, 47 runs.
Brief scores: UAE 312/8 in 49 overs (Chirag Suri 111, Shaiman Anwar 75, Ashfaq Ahmed 64; Amjad Mahboob 3/61) beat Singapore 97 in 25.4 overs (Chetan Suryawanshi 51*; Ahmed Raza 6/20, Rohan Mustafa 2/24) by 215 runs.
Lower-ranked Malaysia beat Hong Kong in the opening match of the Asia Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday (August 29) at Kinrara Academy Oval, Malaysia. The hosts bowled Hong Kong out cheaply and then managed to scrap through to a 3-wicket win.
Malaysian spinners – Pavandeep Singh and Suharril Fetri justified their skipper’s decision to bowl first. The duo claimed six wickets and were economical, their combined figures read: 20-5-37-6. This after Syazrul Idrus had provided an early breakthrough. For Hong Kong, Babar Hayat failed to convert his fifty, while captain Anshuman Rath and threw away a start. In the end, they were bowled out for 161.
Hong Kong bowlers started their defence by getting three quick wickets, but opening batsman Shafiq Sharif held one end up and added a crucial partnership for the fourth wicket. The lower middle order then rose to the occasion and made small contributions that helped them get over the line.
Brief scores: Hong Kong 161 in 46.4 overs (Babar Hayat 58; Pavandeep Snigh 3/13, Suharril Fetri 3/24, Syazrul Idrus 3/37) lost to Malaysia 162/7 in 42.5 overs (Shafiq Sharif 49, Syed Aziz 25; Nadeem Ahmed 4/24) by 3 wickets.
It was a day of upsets in Asia Cup Qualifiers. After Malaysia beating Hong Kong, it was Oman’s turn to defeat higher-ranked Nepal at Bayeumas Oval, Malaysia on Wednesday (August 29). They restricted the Paras Khadka-led side to a par total and then the batsmen managed to chase it down with 7 wickets in hand.
Opting to bowl, Oman could not get early wickets as Gyanendra Malla gave Nepal a steady start. Sagar Pun took over the mantle after Malla’s dismissal and added a 92-run stand for the fifth wicket. But Nepal never looked like imposing a big total and losing wickets towards the end didn’t help either as they finished with 221.
Oman’s chase was of the highest quality as they paced it to perfection. Only opener Aqib Ilyas failed with the bat, the rest got starts and Khawar Ali played the anchor role at number four, stitching 50 plus stands for the third and fourth wicket. He remained unbeaten on 84, while captain Zeeshan Maqsood scored a quickfire 36-ball 45. The duo got Oman over the line with two overs to spare.
Brief scores: Nepal 221/9 in 50 overs (Sagar Pun 83, Gyanendra Malla 45; Ajay Lalcheta 2/34, Bilal Khan 2/54) lost to Oman 224/3 in 48 overs (Khawar Ali 84*, Zeeshan Maqsood 45*, Vaibhav Wategaonkar 41) by 7 wickets.