Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy, 6th day

Afghanistan and Nepal top groups

Cricinfo staff

July 30, 2008

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Group A


Afghanistan finished on top of Group A in Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy by beating Bahrain by seven runs in their final group match at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Asghar Stankzai scored 102 off 110 balls and Mohammad Nabi and Shafiqullah contributed half-centuries to lead Afghanistan to 293 for 9 in 50 overs after they were struggling at 166 for 6 at one stage. Bahrain used as many as eight bowlers all of whom picked up a wicket with the exception of Mirza Yaqoob. Opener Ashraf Mughal led Bahrain's chase, scoring a run-a-ball 81. However, they found it hard to recover from a top-order collapse that resulted in them slipping from 53 for 0 to 88 for 4. Abdul Waheed scored 51 off 55 balls at No. 8 to bring Bahrain close but they fell short by seven runs finished fourth in the group.

Twin hundreds from Rakesh Madhavan and Suhan Alagaratnam helped Malaysia crush Saudi Arabia by 193 runs at the Kinrara Academy Oval and finish third in Group A. Malaysia had lost two wickets on 89 in the 15th over when Madhavan and Alagaratnam began their partnership and by the time they were separated Malaysia had piled up 259 in the 44th over. Madhavan made 101 off 137 balls and Alagaratnam hit four sixes during his 83-ball hundred. The target of 317 proved to be beyond Saudi Arabia's means and they folded for 123 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed top-scoring with 44. Priyankara Wickramasinghe's 3 for 8 were the best figures for Malaysia. Saudi Arabia finished bottom of Group A.

Group B


Nepal chased down the target of 104 in 29 overs to record a seven-wicket win against Kuwait at the Selangor Turf Club and finish on top of Group B. Nepal's new-ball bowler Mahaboob Alam reduced Kuwait to 17 for 3 during his opening spell while Shakti Gauchan picked up 3 for 5 in eight overs. Kuwait were dismissed for 103 in the 39th over. Nepal lost their first three wickets for 54 runs during the run-chase but Sharad Vesawkar and Paras Khadka remained unbeaten until victory was sealed.

Zain Abbas and Skhawat Ali helped Hong Kong overcome a disastrous start and beat Singapore by 93 runs at the Royal Military College. Hong Kong's total of 255 for 9 seemed improbable after they were reduced to 2 for 3 and then 25 for 4 but Abbas and Ali, who struck 80 and 83 respectively, added 158 for the fifth wicket. Singapore's Mohammad Ali chipped away at the middle-order to finish with figures of 5 for 45 in nine overs. Singapore's run-chase never took off and they were crippled by wickets falling frequently. They were dismissed for 162 in the 37th over. The victory gave Hong Kong second spot in Group B while Singapore finished third.

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