ACC Premier League 2014 May 5, 2014

Afghanistan, Nepal wins lead to three-way tie

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Three wickets each from spinners Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari helped Afghanistan bowl Oman out for 186, before Noor Ali Zadran's 67 at the top of the order helped them wrap up a comfortable five-wicket win at the Selangor Turf Club.

Sent in to bat, Oman began well, with openers Zeeshan Siddiqui and Zeeshan Maqsood putting on 76 in 13.5 overs. They lost wickets steadily after that partnership, though, and were reduced to 139 for 8 in the 36th over, before Amir Khan and Rajesh Kumar added 41 for the ninth wicket to help set Afghanistan 187 to win.

They got there with 16 overs remaining, with Noor Ali anchoring the chase with his 83-ball innings that included 11 fours. He added 69 for the third wicket with Nasir Ahmadzai, who made 36, and 41 with Shenwari, before he was out with 17 to get. Shenwari saw Afghanistan home, scoring an unbeaten run-a-ball 29 to go with his three-wicket haul in Oman's innings. With the win, Afghanistan drew level with Oman at the top of the table with 6 points.

Nepal joined them on the same points tally after beating Hong Kong by seven wickets while chasing a revised target at the Bayuemas Oval. Sent in to bat, Hong Kong were bowled out for 181 in 41.5 overs, but could have made far less if not for their opening batsman Irfan Ahmed, who batted through their innings and was last out for 106. Irfan faced 115 balls and struck 10 fours and three sixes.

Irfan dominated a first-wicket partnership of 71 in 11.4 overs with Waqas Barkat, who scored 16, before Hong Kong lost a heap of wickets to subside to 117 for 5. Irfan then added 52 with Roy Lamsam, before the team lost their last five wickets for just 12 runs. Medium-pacer Sompal Kami took four wickets, while left-arm spinner Basant Regmi finished with three.

Chasing 182, Nepal were 121 for 3 in the 28th over, with Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawkar in the middle, when the match was interrupted by rain. Irfan, having kept Hong Kong in the game with the bat, had taken two wickets with his medium-pace. But an innings of 41 from opener Naresh Budayir kept Nepal on course.

Set a revised target of 147 in 38 overs after the game resumed, Nepal got home without any further loss of wickets, with 23 balls remaining, and Khadka unbeaten on 43 off 52 balls.

United Arab Emirates won their second match of the tournament, beating Malaysia by six wickets at the Kinrara Academy Oval. Chasing 159, they breezed home in just 25.4 overs, with opener Amjad Ali laying the base with a 49-ball 43 and Shaiman Anwar finishing things off with an unbeaten 33-ball 53, with five fours and three sixes.

Right from the time they chose to field, UAE were on top of the game, with a double-strike from medium-pacer Mohammad Naveed in the seventh over putting Malaysia on the back foot after a 39-run opening partnership. They slumped to 74 for 5 before a 54-run partnership from Suharril Fetri and Hammadullah Khan stabilized their innings. But it was only temporary respite, and UAE struck back to take their last five wickets for just 30 runs. Left-arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmed was UAE's most successful bowler, with figures of 3 for 12 in 4.4 overs.

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  • on May 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    @ aarif.dost & Kamal Andewal.... Please be informed that Nepal has already beaten South Africa twice, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangaldesh and Zimbawe in U19 World Cup.......

  • ArifDost on May 6, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Afghanistan Is a Team which they Beat Austrilia , West Indes , Srli lanka and U19 World Cup In Shah allah Our Team will be Top The Group and . in Shah allah Arif Dost

  • on May 6, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    hey guys what abt when we say too our best players like Prithu baskota jitendra mukhiya and avinash karn are not playing shall we to call our team B Lol stop joking and its a game one team wins then other losses but we are just cheering our team lol

  • the.gurkha on May 6, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    tomorrow's match judges who r the best...lets top the group nepal !! good luck for all teams......

  • sunjmishraw on May 6, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    common NEPAL we're gonna win this game by huge margin. So, lets win the game and shut up mouth of all critics.

  • GURUNGTHIR on May 6, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    common Nepal common you can do it and show some courage and make it happen we love you nepali cricket

  • Dpace_Sapk on May 6, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @F.Hashimi: as you said" by the way this is Afghanistan's B team except two players" EXCEPT two players,oh really?? what about these players list:- Mohammad Nabi (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Shafiqullah. that means Afghanistan has enter this league just to train their B team?? Mate, everyone wish win for their countries and they do appreciate their win against strongest team of the group. That's what the Nepalese Fan are doing. Nepalese Fans hasn't compared their team with Afghanistan(i agree that Nepal has still long way to go), they are just wishing them for their upcoming match.. so Chill mate !!!

  • nrs_1987 on May 6, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    TO Afg fan: why r u repeating that AFG has junior team, truth is that neither ur all old player couldn make place in the top 11 and nor could fight againts oponent. so this members are leading member from ur site. now u all AFG have fear of loosing againts a strong, a beauty, a talented, most famous and honest team NEPAL. so wait for the time we show that we r the best among the best. from TOP OF THE MOUNT EVEREST...........................

  • Dafukessta on May 6, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @Kamal..You are correct in some ways...Afg have more experience and dynamic players but how can you afford to lose to Malaysia...i think the difference between Afg and Nepal is temperament......Afg want to be like Pakistan and Nepal want to be like Srilanka....the upcoming game between the two is going to be very intense....good luck to both teams...

  • Mohammad_Yasa on May 6, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee What an idea! that should be suggested to the ICC. It would be good to see the weak asian teams Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and UAE have a quadrangular series before the world cup which will help them prepare for the World Cup. The matches should either be played at UAE or Bangladesh.

  • on May 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    @ aarif.dost & Kamal Andewal.... Please be informed that Nepal has already beaten South Africa twice, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangaldesh and Zimbawe in U19 World Cup.......

  • ArifDost on May 6, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Afghanistan Is a Team which they Beat Austrilia , West Indes , Srli lanka and U19 World Cup In Shah allah Our Team will be Top The Group and . in Shah allah Arif Dost

  • on May 6, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    hey guys what abt when we say too our best players like Prithu baskota jitendra mukhiya and avinash karn are not playing shall we to call our team B Lol stop joking and its a game one team wins then other losses but we are just cheering our team lol

  • the.gurkha on May 6, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    tomorrow's match judges who r the best...lets top the group nepal !! good luck for all teams......

  • sunjmishraw on May 6, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    common NEPAL we're gonna win this game by huge margin. So, lets win the game and shut up mouth of all critics.

  • GURUNGTHIR on May 6, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    common Nepal common you can do it and show some courage and make it happen we love you nepali cricket

  • Dpace_Sapk on May 6, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @F.Hashimi: as you said" by the way this is Afghanistan's B team except two players" EXCEPT two players,oh really?? what about these players list:- Mohammad Nabi (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Shafiqullah. that means Afghanistan has enter this league just to train their B team?? Mate, everyone wish win for their countries and they do appreciate their win against strongest team of the group. That's what the Nepalese Fan are doing. Nepalese Fans hasn't compared their team with Afghanistan(i agree that Nepal has still long way to go), they are just wishing them for their upcoming match.. so Chill mate !!!

  • nrs_1987 on May 6, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    TO Afg fan: why r u repeating that AFG has junior team, truth is that neither ur all old player couldn make place in the top 11 and nor could fight againts oponent. so this members are leading member from ur site. now u all AFG have fear of loosing againts a strong, a beauty, a talented, most famous and honest team NEPAL. so wait for the time we show that we r the best among the best. from TOP OF THE MOUNT EVEREST...........................

  • Dafukessta on May 6, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @Kamal..You are correct in some ways...Afg have more experience and dynamic players but how can you afford to lose to Malaysia...i think the difference between Afg and Nepal is temperament......Afg want to be like Pakistan and Nepal want to be like Srilanka....the upcoming game between the two is going to be very intense....good luck to both teams...

  • Mohammad_Yasa on May 6, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee What an idea! that should be suggested to the ICC. It would be good to see the weak asian teams Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and UAE have a quadrangular series before the world cup which will help them prepare for the World Cup. The matches should either be played at UAE or Bangladesh.

  • on May 6, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Nepali Fans: When Afghanistan's team would have match against a full member like Australia, India, Pakistan or any other full members ,we would also give the same comments of beating them as you give now against Afghanistan. So I don't blame you for this and wish your team even more success... But success doesn't come at once...Nepal still has a long way to reach to Afghanistan's level...Afghanistan has lost to some relatively weak but ambitions teams but that does not mean they are at their level. What matters is how strong the foundation of cricket has been laid in a cricket playing nation. Afg domestic cricket has improved considerably .We have plenty of quality players for each format, our U19 has beaten five full members including Australia and most of them are now playing in the national team., Nepal has to try to achieve the same and then can only be a good rival of Afgh... good luck for both the teams

  • F.Hashimi on May 5, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Nepal just beat Afghanistan in their history of cricket once and now they think they can beat full member teams. Soon a very rude awakening waiting for them and by the way this is Afghanistan's B team except two players. What is Nepal's biggest achievement aside from beating Afghanistan just once in a T20 match. If you need Afghanistan achievement in a very short span of time I can give you a list. Winner of intercontinental cup. three time qualifying for T20 world cup. winner of international Laureus (spirit of sports) award and many many more. So what have Nepal won aside one match against Afghanistan? Nothing more.

  • on May 5, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Now Its Time To Show Up Paras And Malla,They Are The Real "Leaders" To Lead The Team To The Victory and Im Sure That If Paras And Malla Bat Together 15 Overy Nepal Will Win And Suvas And Sarad Also Must Play Smoothly

  • Shajadul on May 5, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Nepal is well placed to beat AFG as AFG are very weak against spin...I hope AFG doesn't upset Nepal fans....

  • rosewell on May 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    today match sagar pun dropped i think binod bhandari should dropped.if nepal will win another match againast afgan there should supported bowler to kami and strike rotate positively by top oder batsmen

  • Sawnn on May 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Subash, Mehboob Alam and Sharad especially must set well for winning game with Afg. and hope bowlers continues their best ever in match, esp. Sakti, Basant and Sompal Seems abit hard but go Nepal, coz Yes we Can

  • Warm_Coffee on May 5, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    There needs to be an Asian quadrangular series before world cup between the weaker sides Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE and Hong Kong all whom have ODI status. Would be interesting contest between the minnows.

  • sssugat on May 5, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    well done Nepal keep fighting hard :)

  • P0isonal on May 5, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Nepal needs to carry on their batting, gyanendra needs to be patitent on his batting, suwash needs to convert his start, mehaboob needs to fire, bowlers need to do hard work against Afg, we know afganistan had better talent then Nepal, bt We can win, win or loss is part of the game bt hope for the good contest!! Best of luck 4 Nepali team :)

  • Rhnepal on May 5, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    A big salute to Mr. Irfan. superb performance. Sompal is big hero of Nepal. He is just in his 18 and lots of time to do more.

  • Ganesh.poudel on May 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Congrats and best of luck team Nepal for upcoming match against afg.may god bless our team to complete our win against all the ODI nations and prove that we are worth of it...best of luck once again.lets grab the tournament rhinos..

  • on May 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Nepal should win next match with Afghanistan & will be champion among Associate

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  • on May 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Nepal should win next match with Afghanistan & will be champion among Associate

  • Ganesh.poudel on May 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Congrats and best of luck team Nepal for upcoming match against afg.may god bless our team to complete our win against all the ODI nations and prove that we are worth of it...best of luck once again.lets grab the tournament rhinos..

  • Rhnepal on May 5, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    A big salute to Mr. Irfan. superb performance. Sompal is big hero of Nepal. He is just in his 18 and lots of time to do more.

  • P0isonal on May 5, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Nepal needs to carry on their batting, gyanendra needs to be patitent on his batting, suwash needs to convert his start, mehaboob needs to fire, bowlers need to do hard work against Afg, we know afganistan had better talent then Nepal, bt We can win, win or loss is part of the game bt hope for the good contest!! Best of luck 4 Nepali team :)

  • sssugat on May 5, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    well done Nepal keep fighting hard :)

  • Warm_Coffee on May 5, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    There needs to be an Asian quadrangular series before world cup between the weaker sides Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE and Hong Kong all whom have ODI status. Would be interesting contest between the minnows.

  • Sawnn on May 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Subash, Mehboob Alam and Sharad especially must set well for winning game with Afg. and hope bowlers continues their best ever in match, esp. Sakti, Basant and Sompal Seems abit hard but go Nepal, coz Yes we Can

  • rosewell on May 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    today match sagar pun dropped i think binod bhandari should dropped.if nepal will win another match againast afgan there should supported bowler to kami and strike rotate positively by top oder batsmen

  • Shajadul on May 5, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Nepal is well placed to beat AFG as AFG are very weak against spin...I hope AFG doesn't upset Nepal fans....

  • on May 5, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Now Its Time To Show Up Paras And Malla,They Are The Real "Leaders" To Lead The Team To The Victory and Im Sure That If Paras And Malla Bat Together 15 Overy Nepal Will Win And Suvas And Sarad Also Must Play Smoothly