April 4, 2010

ACC Trophy

Afghanistan prevail in a thriller; easy win for Nepal

Nitin Sundar

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.

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Posted by nadir on (June 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by ritesh on (April 5, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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Nitin Sundar
Social media manager Nitin spent his formative years perfecting the art of landing the googly, before blossoming into a book-cricket specialist. More excellence followed in the underarm version of the game before, like the majority of India's misguided youth, he started taking studies seriously. After four forgettable years of electrical engineering, followed by a rigorous MBA and 16 months in the strategy consulting industry, he began to ponder life's more profound issues. Such as the angle made by Brian Lara's bat with the horizontal at the peak of his back-lift. A move to ESPNcricinfo followed and Nitin is now a prolific nurdler in office cricket, with a questionable technique against the short ball.

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