ACC Premier League 2014 May 2, 2014

Afghanistan, Nepal maintain ascendency

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For the second time in two days, Sompal Kami and Mahaboob Alam played leading performances helping Nepal register their second successive win, this time against Malaysia, in the ACC Premier League match in Kuala Lumpur. The two players had picked up three wickets each in the win against UAE; here Kami bagged a five-wicket haul, and Alam hit a half-century to steer what threatened to be a tricky chase. Chasing 150, Nepal were rocked by Suresh Navaratnam's triple-strikes and at 36 for 4, were in serious trouble. However, Alam added 89 for the fifth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar to almost seal the match. He was run-out for 53, but with only 25 needed, Nepal overhauled the target without much fuss. The foundation for the win had been laid earlier though, when Kami ran through the Malaysia top order. Malaysia's batsmen failed to construct meaningful stands and the team was bowled out for 149 in the 43rd over.

A batting blitz towards the end of the first innings was the highlight of Afghanistan's thumping win against UAE. Put in to bat, Afghanistan were in already in a good position - 172 for 4 - at the 40-over mark, thanks to half-centuries by their openers Noor Ali Zadran and Usman Ghani. But what followed stamped out the bowler's confidence. Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari ransacked 116 runs in the last eight overs to lift the total over 300. The mayhem included 11 fours and seven sixes. UAE were not dazed by the assault - the openers added 70 and Amjad Ali went on to score 98 to keep the team in the chase. But Amjad's dismissal gave Afghanistan an opening which they seized immediately. Rahmat Shah picked up five wickets, including that of Amjad, to complete a comprehensive win.

Oman won their second match in a row, beating the more established Hong Kong by nine runs in a low-scoring encounter at the Selangor Turf Club. A victory didn't seem on the cards for Oman after the first hour of the game during which their top order caved in. At 57 for 6 in the 21st over, a swift end to the game seemed likely, but Oman reached 143 thanks to 30s from No. 8 Sultan Ahmed and No. 9 Amir Ali. Hong Kong's top order was similarly fragile, and the chase was in ruins at 25 for 4 in the eighth over. Again, it needed 30s from the lower order, this time No. 7 Ankur Sharma and No. 9 Haseeb Amjad, for Hong Kong to get close to the target. Though Amjad threw his bat around when he had the last man for company, he holed with Hong Kong ten short.

May 2, 10.45am GMT The article had incorrectly referred to Malaysia v Nepal game as a List A match.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Afghanistan team, record breaking success. Keep it up boys you deserve it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Nepal Nepal Sompal takes 4wickets in 1 matchhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Nepal u guys need to go far. success is coming for us

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    afganis dont know that nepali players are brave gorkhas...well done playerss... nepali players :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Kamal cheer for good match good result ..........i think you forget match of world t20 ...Nepal was just unlucky due to run rate....Afghanistan was far behind

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    if Nepal win rest of all game and Oman loss all rest of game ...Nepal will win the trophy....well done guys .....

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @kamal Andewal have you got enough good reply from Malasia....so dont be so rude to other national....in ACC every team can beat every other team in these days

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Maingi on | May 4, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Hong Kong loses three in a row. They need to work a lot more hard to justify their ODI status.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    nepal nepal nepal will be winner

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    well play boys .... last 10overs (6,8,15,18,13,17,3,16,19,15) total 130 run

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Afghanistan team, record breaking success. Keep it up boys you deserve it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Nepal Nepal Sompal takes 4wickets in 1 matchhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Nepal u guys need to go far. success is coming for us

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    afganis dont know that nepali players are brave gorkhas...well done playerss... nepali players :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Kamal cheer for good match good result ..........i think you forget match of world t20 ...Nepal was just unlucky due to run rate....Afghanistan was far behind

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    if Nepal win rest of all game and Oman loss all rest of game ...Nepal will win the trophy....well done guys .....

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @kamal Andewal have you got enough good reply from Malasia....so dont be so rude to other national....in ACC every team can beat every other team in these days

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Maingi on | May 4, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Hong Kong loses three in a row. They need to work a lot more hard to justify their ODI status.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    nepal nepal nepal will be winner

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    well play boys .... last 10overs (6,8,15,18,13,17,3,16,19,15) total 130 run

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I am happy for Nepal and AFG team that match is not one side also every lovely Match both young team try to beat each one, every one try till end. good luck for Nepal fan and afg better we learn from each one not used any single bad words. hope see you this match complate on TV

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Afghanistan and Nepal is strong in the group but have good match for all team, Nepal need more experience now is very good position, also Nepal and Afg need more experience, if the full membership team play with that will be good, also improve the sports, good luck for both side in next game. Ata from Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Kamal Andewal .... It's cricket game not a one side war between America & Taiban. no one can know who is better until not finish game. And Nepal & Afghanistan both are Associate country. Please flash back to T20 world cup, whole universe know we played better than Afgan. We know Afgan is good team & they are playing good cricket and its very hard for us to win but not impossible.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    To Nepali fans: I see some Nepali fans consider Afghanistan as their rival, but we do not as Nepal and Afghanistan are not comparable.... Afghanistan has played against almost all full members and have produced very satisfactory results and Nepal has still long way to reach there..... so Nepali friends stop dreaming of beating Afghanistan but rather pray for your team to avoid a humiliating loss......

  • POSTED BY aakilpitnirash on | May 3, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Well done boys¡¡ National team is not the place for gaining form so NB Budayear out and Asrif should be opening with subash may be its good he can also bowl so better option for bowling

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    So unpredictable the Afghan team as.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Boosted NEPAL!! Jai Nepal... you are winning..but still batting side..need to improve.. Opener please let the team win coz already bowlers have showed their part. Sompal and Alam...a good job..Keep it up.. Cheers for win we got..and all the best for upcomings matches..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    How the fish did Oman beat HK.HOW???????

  • POSTED BY deepil on | May 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Nepal Cricket Team has quality game play.In my view,game with Afghanistan will be thriller.As a Nepali Cricket Fan our cool Captain Paras will lead once again to the victory with his game plan in this tournament .

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Well played Afghan Cricketers you deserve to win all matches because all other teams are weakers

  • POSTED BY Ganesh.poudel on | May 2, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Well done and best of luck NCT..i am always wired by the way some afgan suppourters post their comments and wonder they had ever known the word 'manner'..learn some manners afgani's u r not yet at the position to show ur attitude and moreover to a nation with whom u were defeted when two team meet last time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Well Done Team Nepal, keep it up, More successive win along with historical title win, Best of luck

  • POSTED BY Arif.Dost on | May 2, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Afghanistan Like Austrilia . . . Now They Have Good Bating Line Up and Good Bowling Attacks . Afghanistan Never Leave His Place . They Alwayas Save Their Place . . . In Shah allah Afghanistan will be Top .

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Afghanistan is favorite in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    I think winer of this tournment will be Afghanistan. because they have big change in their team. And this change was positive in last two games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Afghan players are lions

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 2, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Congrats Kami. Young boy proves his worth. He is the future. What a come back by Alam. 3 wickets in 1st match, half century in 2nd. He is the best all rounder of Nepal of all time. He need to cash his experience and guide the team to heights. The best thing about Nepal team is our captain. Calm, cool and inspiring. He likes to lead from front. And inspires team when it plays with nerves. Nepal can reach height as captain and coach knows to keep team calm and enjoy game on big occasion. We just need to uplift our batting. Openers needs to see off the new ball. We should bat long, Paras,Alam,Sarad needs to bat last 10-15 overs to compete at international level. All the best boys !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    But don't forget Afghanistan is the best team

  • POSTED BY sssugat on | May 2, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Seems Paras is outta form :P, but his captaincy is always in form.Hope Naresh plays well in next games. And congrats to Alam and mostly Kami for the 5 wkt haul in such a young age!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    it is a very good opportunity to relatively weak associate teams to play with top team like Afghanistan ..... Playing against Afghanistan is like playing against full members for them..... hope the teams like Malaysia,Oman and Nepal etc get good experience out this tournament....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    congrat alam n kami.....well played....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Nepal plays well in n e level.....it was unfortune dat key player got injured and sick....... otherwise result might b reverse.....

  • POSTED BY Muktii on | May 2, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Nepal is very unfortunate always plays well in list A level but not in INTERNATIONAL level

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    alam should have to play as a opener player.... replace of naresh budhiyair

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    well done team nepal, congrats to all

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    nepali team should replace naresh with aarif sheikh!!! give a chance to him 4 raise!!! by d way awesm comeback of alam!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I think Nepal should replace Naresh Budhayair with Aarif sheikh of 16years and 209 days Birjung captain who grabbed man of the series in national cricket tournament and has scored 261 runs with an average of 52.20 and 11 wicket. He is a future of nepali cricket so coach should give chance to him. May this change can be seen in next match

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Congratulation nepali team we wish to all team member you will win . Mehboob alam congra to you bcoz good come back and sompal kami your performance is outstand ..god always help and support to our nepali team.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    outstanding bating from all Afghan team,four players hit their centries,it was impressing innings.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    unfortunately that wasn't a list A match. But well played boys keep it up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Kami is Daamiii (precious)....Nepal needs to improve lot more in their batting rest is all good.. Hope in the next games our openers will give a gud partnership.. Hip HIp Hurraayyy!!!!!

  • POSTED BY maninaction on | May 2, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Hip hip hurray!!! Nepal showed its class once again. Nepal bats deep but the openers need to give a solid start. The only concern is batting. Bowling have already clicked. Now its turn to beat arch rivals Afghanistan along with Oman and HK. Afghanistan must be wary of what Nepal is capable of. Go Rhinos go.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Congrats !!! We are the champion .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Well done Somapal and Alam. congrats to whole team

  • POSTED BY roshan.agrawal3 on | May 2, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Mahaboob Alam can do anything on a given day,dont forget about his world record of only bowler to take 10 wicket haul in a limited over.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Sompal Kami 18 years is turning out to be a National Hero.. and what a comeback series this is by Mahboob Alam.. Go Nepal Go..

  • POSTED BY sharma444 on | May 2, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    very very exiting game nepal once again prove the r the best among non full member in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Yes.Mehboob Alam is becoming our backbone in middle order... Sompal kami is our emerging pace bowler..Congrats Gurkhas.. Well leadership Paras.Go on..we love you..

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  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Yes.Mehboob Alam is becoming our backbone in middle order... Sompal kami is our emerging pace bowler..Congrats Gurkhas.. Well leadership Paras.Go on..we love you..

  • POSTED BY sharma444 on | May 2, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    very very exiting game nepal once again prove the r the best among non full member in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Sompal Kami 18 years is turning out to be a National Hero.. and what a comeback series this is by Mahboob Alam.. Go Nepal Go..

  • POSTED BY roshan.agrawal3 on | May 2, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Mahaboob Alam can do anything on a given day,dont forget about his world record of only bowler to take 10 wicket haul in a limited over.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Well done Somapal and Alam. congrats to whole team

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Congrats !!! We are the champion .....

  • POSTED BY maninaction on | May 2, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Hip hip hurray!!! Nepal showed its class once again. Nepal bats deep but the openers need to give a solid start. The only concern is batting. Bowling have already clicked. Now its turn to beat arch rivals Afghanistan along with Oman and HK. Afghanistan must be wary of what Nepal is capable of. Go Rhinos go.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Kami is Daamiii (precious)....Nepal needs to improve lot more in their batting rest is all good.. Hope in the next games our openers will give a gud partnership.. Hip HIp Hurraayyy!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    unfortunately that wasn't a list A match. But well played boys keep it up.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    outstanding bating from all Afghan team,four players hit their centries,it was impressing innings.