ACC Premier League 2014 May 4, 2014

Steady Fayyaz steers UAE to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

A steady unbeaten 37 from Fayyaz Ahmed lifted United Arab Emirates from 93 for 7 to a two-wicket win over Hong Kong, their first in the tournament. Chasing 158, UAE's top order of Salman Faris, Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil were out within 11 overs and the side slipped further when Irfan Ahmed broke a steady 48-run stand between Shaiman Anwar and Amjad Ali. At 93 for 7 in the 30th over, the middling target looked tough for UAE but Fayyaz struck useful partnerships with lower-order batsmen, Ahmed Raza and Mohammad Naveed, that eventually saw them to victory in the 49th over. Earlier, a middle-order stutter restricted Hong Kong to 157 in spite of a brisk start provided by Irfan Ahmed who hit four fours and a six in his 35-ball 30. Mohammad Shahzad and Kamran Shazad shared seven wickets between them as Hong Kong were dismissed in the 46th over.

Oman survived a batting collapse to register their third straight win of the tournament, beating Nepal by two wickets. The victory left Oman perched at the top of the ACC Premier League table with six points, and in a very healthy position to advance to the ACC Championship. Set 158 to win, Oman were comfortably placed at 87 for 2 thanks to opener Zeeshan Maqsood's 44, but they lost their next six wickets for just 39 runs and stumbled to 126 for 8 as Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami and Paras Khadka wrecked the team's middle order. However, Aamir Kaleem and the captain Sultan Ahmed forged an unbroken stand of 35 runs for the ninth wicket to take Oman home with 13 deliveries to spare. Oman had earlier inserted Nepal and did well to bowl them out for 157 in 45 overs. Most of Nepal's batsmen made starts, but none could produce a fifty. Kaleem was the pick of Oman's bowlers and finished with 4 for 36, while Maqsood and left-arm spinner Ajay Lalcheta snared two wickets apiece.

Offspinner Khizar Hayat's 4 for 29 restricted Afghanistan to 175 before knocks from captain Ahmed Faiz and Shafiq Sharif set up Malaysia's three-wicket win, their first in the Premier League. Afghanistan had a solid start but Hayat thwarted them with six-over spell, where he accounted for the top three batsmen. The rest of the line-up failed to fire as Afghanistan were all out in 46 overs. Malaysia had a sprightly start despite an early wicket as opener Anwar Arudin charged the Afghanistan attack, striking six fours off Shapoor Zadran in his 18-ball 34. Faiz started off in the same vein but settled with a comfortable 57-run stand between Faiz and Sharif. Malaysia lost quick wickets as they approached the target but Afghanistan had too few on the board for the bowlers to make an impact and the batting side eventually achieved the target with three wickets to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    All the best to all associates and specially to Afghanistan which is really doing well. Time will prove who comes out on top in the coming months.

  • Android on May 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    and u too remember ur last match aganist nepal in world cup 14 i donnot think that was your so called b diviaion team and we too dlnnot hav our best bowler and batsmen such as Avinash karn and Jitendra Mukhiya and not to forget Prithu baskota in our team so ease donnot say about ur B division team..

  • apabaad on May 5, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Nepal can prove who they are, it's just a matter of time....the world will see !!! jai Nepal....

  • ESPN on May 5, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Whats wrong in calling Afg a rival of Nepal? you think u guys are so much superior? what makes you think that? Have in mind, that feeling can just bring you down as it did happen with Bangladesh. We love our game and you too know we are a good team by now. Accept is soon as you can..

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    To Nepali immature fans:Please stop giving comments about Afghanistan,s team...Afghanistan is long way ahead of all associates and it is really funny that a team like Nepal considers Afghanistan as their rival.... we are not playing with our senior players and 80% of the players are from under19 team.... you will get the answers to your comments in the match Nepal Vs Afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Afghanistan lost to Malaysia is not a bad sound it happens Bangladesh was defeated by HK and england was defeated by Netherlands two times Australia was beaten by Zim pak was defeated by Ireland even ireland was defeated by Oman so its cricket and it all happenss

  • Adam on May 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Except two player this is pretty much the Afghanistan B team so don't don't get too exited Nepali friends. We are going to play in world cup 2015 and Nepal don't. Remember the way we humiliated your team in qualifying round.

  • Android on May 4, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Lost to The Oman Is Not The Big Thing But Afgan Lost to The Malaya Is Plus Point For Nepal it Gives Us Some Great Hope And Confidence

  • ESPN on May 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Although we lost the game we have learn something from this game i respect the player of oman who put us pressure from initial point of game but we are the people from king prithivi we will be soon on international arena to defeat the enemy

  • Khondker S on May 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    OMG what happen to AFG? Are they going down? Should their ODI status be given to Oman? How it sounds!!!!

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