April 1, 2010

ACC Trophy

Afghanistan maul Bhutan; Kuwait edge past Singapore

Nitin Sundar

Nepal brushed aside Hong Kong by 118 runs in their opening match of the ACC Trophy, at Unity. After the early loss of a wicket, Anil Mandal and Shakti Gauchan set the platform for a strong score with their 118-run partnership. Mandal was the more aggressive of the two, striking three sixes and eight fours in his 96-ball 72, while Gauchan contributed 65. Nadeem Ahmed and Moner Ahmed kept things tight after that, snaring eight wickets between them as Nepal finished with 236 for 7. Mehboob Alam’s opening burst ensured the chase never got going, and only Ilyas Gul offered any sort of resistance, with 27. Alam finished with 3 for 33 in his 7 overs, as Hong Kong stuttered to half of what Nepal managed.

Afghanistan continued their fine run of form in recent times, mauling Bhutan by the incredible margin of 393 runs at Hubara. Bhutan elected to field and were left to rue the decision as Afghanistan’s top three took their attack to the cleaners. Openers Karim Sadiq and Noor Ali Noori ran up a partnership of 218 in 25.1 overs, in the process bringing up fine hundreds, before Muhammad Asghar exploded with an 83-ball 151, including nine sixes, to lift the score to 471 for 5. Bhutan was out of the game even before they had the opportunity to bat, but Hamid Hassan ensured that they went home with nothing positive to take from the game. His spell of 6 for 18 shot Bhutan out for 78, and if not for Kumar Subba’s sedate 41, they would have lost by an even bigger margin.

In the only close finish of the day, Kuwait outlasted Singapore by three runs at KEC. Kuwait were lifted to 252 thanks to contributions of 45 from Hisham Mirza, 50 from Lasantha Dimuthu and a quickfire 68 from Saad Khalid. Dharmichand Mulewa finished with three wickets, while Buddhika Mendis, Narender Reddy and Saad Janjua picked two apiece. Singapore’s chase was anchored by Munish Arora’s sparkling 90 off 103 balls, but he had little support from the rest of the top order as Muhammad Amin helped himself to four wickets. Arora perished well short of the target and Singapore seemed out of the game, with the last wicket requiring to make 59 off 43 balls. Thanks to Janjua’s cameo at number nine, they almost pulled it off, but in the end they fell just short of the target. Janjua was unbeaten on 49 off 38 balls, and number eleven Shoib Razak finished with 16 off 19, but it was not enough to get Singapore a win.

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Posted by nitiz singh kathmandu nepal on (April 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

well done nepali cricket team keep the same momentum and lift this trophy and make us proud anyways we are proud of our national cricket team wish u all the best

Posted by Prabesh Aryal on (April 2, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

Its great to see Afghan progress quickly, and there seems to be a lot of admirer for their fortune. Keep it up.

Nepalese, keep the winning ways and congratualations on win over Hongkong. I dont see any team in this championship which you cannot beat. Use your experience: majority of you have payed more than 30 international matches: use that to your advantage. You guys are equally talented as any team: be a thinking cricketer and use your experience. There are lot of people cheering for your from aournd the world: I fyou need any inspiration, take some from Afghan team and keep winning ways and bring home the Title. Good Luck.

Posted by binod on (April 2, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

As usual, a start wid a bang by Nepal but the concern is also as usual, will they do carry away the good form as the tournament advances. & the answer is certainly, iff their batting don't let them down once again as they have fantastic combination of tight bowling and smart fielding. Best of luck Nepal! Cheers!!!

Posted by Faisal on (April 1, 2010, 15:00 GMT)

Very lovely cricket by Afghani cricketer,after four matches with Pakistan A, they showed that they can compete with India and South Africa in the ICC world T20 cricket Championship,from these four matches with Pakistan A,They only won one of them but the way they struggled it seems that they can compete any team of world. Best of luck, And there is more to do in future.

Posted by Omid on (April 1, 2010, 14:29 GMT)

that is really a team work , we proud of u guys

Posted by Bikesh Kayastha on (April 1, 2010, 12:47 GMT)

Nice game by Nepal. But the batting has not yet progressed much. I hope Nepal will reach semi final. But Nepal must improve their batting to face the team like Afghanistan. Hope Paras and Sarad will return to their form and play good cricket like that in World division 4 tournament. Best of luck!

Posted by Tom Logan on (April 1, 2010, 12:03 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan Cricket Team

Posted by Maiwand Majboor on (April 1, 2010, 10:03 GMT)

Well done boys. Well, it is only just signs of what our heros can do actually. The more they play, the better they will get. And the bigger the margines of crushings imposed on the others will be. In our country, our cricket team is the only light of hope that we have of a bright future. I wish Allah help them continue the super form they are in and bring even more happiness and joys to the common Afghan.

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Nitin Sundar
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