ACC Trophy April 4, 2010

Afghanistan prevail in a thriller; easy win for Nepal

Hamid Hasan’s five-wicket haul triggered a late-innings collapse that derailed Malaysia ’s chase, as Afghanistan sneaked home by one run at Hubara
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Hamid Hasan’s five-wicket haul triggered a late-innings collapse that derailed Malaysia’s chase, as Afghanistan sneaked home by one run at Hubara. Afghanistan’s top order laid a strong foundation after they won the toss, but the rest of the batsmen could not drive home the advantage. Karim Sadiq started well with a run-a-ball 46, and Asghar Stanikzai lent good support to lift the score to 82 for 2, and later 117 for 3, in good time. Thereafter, the lower order lost the plot and it was left to Raees Ahmadzai to hold things together with a 59-ball 64, as Afghanistan posted 236 for 9. Malaysia’s captain Suhan Kumar anchored the chase with 61, and significant contributions from the top order, barring opener Rakesh Madhavan, put their side on course, at 219 for 4. Hasan then took over, as three wickets fell without the addition of a run. Malaysia pressed the panic button, and sensing an opportunity, Afghanistan closed in on the kill. A ten-run stand for the final wicket nearly achieved the impossible, before Nowroz Mangal removed number 11 Sharulnizam Yusof to give Afghanistan victory by the slimmest of margins.

Nepal’s openers made short work of Singapore’s score of 216, to take their team to a comfortable seven-wicket win. Singapore’s batsmen failed to capitalize on their starts after winning the toss, as the top four all fell for scores between 30 and 40. Nepal turned in a tidy bowling effort to stifle the progress, and the lower order responded by falling to a spate of run outs, five in all. Mahesh Chettri and Anil Mandal got the chase off to a solid start, adding 135 in 26.5 overs. Mandal was the more adventurous of the two, hitting seven fours and a six in his 93-ball 83. Chettri made 87 off 111 balls, and the only sore point for Nepal was that neither opener could reach three figures, as the target was reached in the 44th over.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • nadir on June 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    my only wish is for nepal's selection for world cup and captian by mahbub alam

  • fawad on June 7, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    iam very happy that afghanistan won the matches in icc2010 elite trophy in kuwait and also won the final from nepal congratulation to all afghan due this victory

  • krishnaoli on April 8, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    as a Nepali, i support Nepali team but i want to tight fight like Nepal vs Malaysia in final match we are going to watch with very interesting these days our player have good form. AFGHANISTAN ALSO my favorite team they have good balance but if we look 4-5 matches Nepal is more powerful.

  • saahil on April 7, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Congrates for both but i am sure that afhgansitan will win this match as they are really strong side, they have proved allot, they beat pakistan A in a warm up match few days before and pakistan A beat their national team one day before play wiht af so i am sure that afghanistan is the winner

  • krishnaoli on April 6, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    actually, beside bhutan , all team are playing good cricket speacially UAE AND Nepal. as we are think Afghanistan it looks little back . we don't forget Malaysia they are fighting very much i am looking today's match betwin UAE AND MALAYSIA Hope for great fighting eatch other

  • ritesh on April 5, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    well done keep your winning spirit and best of luck for the semi finaal

  • sahil on April 5, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    shanjog: hehe don,t forget that afghanistan have also there own players and not from other countries. i wish u all the best. but afghanistan is definetly going to win the tournament! remeber my word boy!

  • Raju poudyal on April 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    WE NEPLEASE REALLY DESERVE THE TROPHY THIS TIME AROUND COZ WE HAVE FACED HARSH LUCK DESPITE BEING HUGELY PROLIFIG IN THE STICK GAME

  • Damien Wilson on April 5, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    As an Australian, I can't begin to explain how excited it makes me to read of the interest in Cricket in the non test-playing Nations. When the day comes that Australia is playing Nepal, Afghanistan, Malaysia or UAE in a test series, I will be the first one lining up to buy tickets! May this great game spread across the world. Good luck to all of you.

  • s m abdurrehman tariq on April 5, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan and Nepal.hope Afghanistan will very soon be given the international status.

  • nadir on June 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    my only wish is for nepal's selection for world cup and captian by mahbub alam

  • fawad on June 7, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    iam very happy that afghanistan won the matches in icc2010 elite trophy in kuwait and also won the final from nepal congratulation to all afghan due this victory

  • krishnaoli on April 8, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    as a Nepali, i support Nepali team but i want to tight fight like Nepal vs Malaysia in final match we are going to watch with very interesting these days our player have good form. AFGHANISTAN ALSO my favorite team they have good balance but if we look 4-5 matches Nepal is more powerful.

  • saahil on April 7, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Congrates for both but i am sure that afhgansitan will win this match as they are really strong side, they have proved allot, they beat pakistan A in a warm up match few days before and pakistan A beat their national team one day before play wiht af so i am sure that afghanistan is the winner

  • krishnaoli on April 6, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    actually, beside bhutan , all team are playing good cricket speacially UAE AND Nepal. as we are think Afghanistan it looks little back . we don't forget Malaysia they are fighting very much i am looking today's match betwin UAE AND MALAYSIA Hope for great fighting eatch other

  • ritesh on April 5, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    well done keep your winning spirit and best of luck for the semi finaal

  • sahil on April 5, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    shanjog: hehe don,t forget that afghanistan have also there own players and not from other countries. i wish u all the best. but afghanistan is definetly going to win the tournament! remeber my word boy!

  • Raju poudyal on April 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    WE NEPLEASE REALLY DESERVE THE TROPHY THIS TIME AROUND COZ WE HAVE FACED HARSH LUCK DESPITE BEING HUGELY PROLIFIG IN THE STICK GAME

  • Damien Wilson on April 5, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    As an Australian, I can't begin to explain how excited it makes me to read of the interest in Cricket in the non test-playing Nations. When the day comes that Australia is playing Nepal, Afghanistan, Malaysia or UAE in a test series, I will be the first one lining up to buy tickets! May this great game spread across the world. Good luck to all of you.

  • s m abdurrehman tariq on April 5, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan and Nepal.hope Afghanistan will very soon be given the international status.

  • Shanjog on April 5, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Nepal is the only one team who is playing the cricket game with its own home player. Well done Nepal, we can beat UAE and Afganistan also forever but the worst matter is that they are using a foreign player. But we still able to beat them and we have to proud for that.

  • krishnaoli on April 5, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    akash you really said true matter we have very much chance if they are doing good batting in future too. but nepal now nepal just think to get acc title for that paras, anil and all of player must keep unit and more confident makes them easy.

  • Mohamad Usman on April 5, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Nepal & UAE are clear fev for Final now..based on merit Nepal is the most deserving team to win this year!!

  • Anil Koshy on April 5, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Kudos to both Afganistan & Nepal, two of the best teams in Asia after India, Pakistan,Srilanka & Bangladesh. Both these teams should be nurtured as they rely on local players, ACC should really do something to keep the momentum going.

  • bishwadarshan nepal on April 5, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    This is the best ever chance for nepal to win the trophy.

  • Suman Shrestha on April 4, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I am so proud with my country Nepal's winning performances at this very moment. Batting used to be bit a problem for our team in the past but looks like that has been solved now. Batting performances in this tournament have so much been better than what used to be before. Bowling and fielding were always classy. I am sure we are heading in a very good direction now. However real test will be when they'll be facing the likes of UAE and Afganistan. The winning momentum is with us right now and I am sure we'll beat them as well. My best wishes are always there for my Nepal's cricket team and we'll definitely be there in the 2015 world cup.

  • Achintya Sen on April 4, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Nepal must be definately eyeing to play for 2015 ICC World Cup.

  • sujan shrestha on April 4, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    bst of luck nepal win the acc trophy make us proud just dont make mistakes while u bat rest we will win no problems at all.

  • popal on April 4, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    thanks afghanistan and we r proud of u even if u loss a lot of matches i m proud 2 b an afghan

  • EbadurRahman(MISBAH) on April 4, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I 100% sure & gurntee all readers that AFGHANISTAN will be the champion & soon become a test nation very soon inshallah we are proud of our national afghan heros & support them

  • AKASH on April 4, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Nepal will be in test playing nation in very near future if the batmans will fetch the run as they r doing presently.

  • Haroon ur Rasheed on April 4, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Afghanistan will be the winner of tournament

  • bishnu Paudel on April 4, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    well done nepal and afaganistan

  • bibek on April 4, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Well done nepal...keep it up...best of luck...love u nepal.......

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  • bibek on April 4, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Well done nepal...keep it up...best of luck...love u nepal.......

  • bishnu Paudel on April 4, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    well done nepal and afaganistan

  • Haroon ur Rasheed on April 4, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Afghanistan will be the winner of tournament

  • AKASH on April 4, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Nepal will be in test playing nation in very near future if the batmans will fetch the run as they r doing presently.

  • EbadurRahman(MISBAH) on April 4, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I 100% sure & gurntee all readers that AFGHANISTAN will be the champion & soon become a test nation very soon inshallah we are proud of our national afghan heros & support them

  • popal on April 4, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    thanks afghanistan and we r proud of u even if u loss a lot of matches i m proud 2 b an afghan

  • sujan shrestha on April 4, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    bst of luck nepal win the acc trophy make us proud just dont make mistakes while u bat rest we will win no problems at all.

  • Achintya Sen on April 4, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Nepal must be definately eyeing to play for 2015 ICC World Cup.

  • Suman Shrestha on April 4, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I am so proud with my country Nepal's winning performances at this very moment. Batting used to be bit a problem for our team in the past but looks like that has been solved now. Batting performances in this tournament have so much been better than what used to be before. Bowling and fielding were always classy. I am sure we are heading in a very good direction now. However real test will be when they'll be facing the likes of UAE and Afganistan. The winning momentum is with us right now and I am sure we'll beat them as well. My best wishes are always there for my Nepal's cricket team and we'll definitely be there in the 2015 world cup.

  • bishwadarshan nepal on April 5, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    This is the best ever chance for nepal to win the trophy.