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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  • fanedlive on June 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT

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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

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

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

  • fanedlive 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!

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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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