The penultimate day of the ACC Trophy was, like yesterday, heavily affected by rain, with all three games being decided by Duckworth/Lewis, who these days appear on cricket scorecards as often as Lennon/McCartney used to appear on hit records back in the sixties.
In the third place play-off, Afghanistan batted first against Nepal, and reached an impressive 269/8 from their 50 overs. Nepal struggled, and when the rain came in 33rd over, they were only on 115/5, 65 runs behind the D/L target. After an excellent performance in the group stages, Nepal will be very unsatisfied with fourth place, although they only have themselves to blame. 115/5 from 33 overs simply isn't good enough in one day cricket, and it's almost as if they sent a different team to the play off stages than that which played in the group stages.
The 5th place play-off between Singapore and Bahrain was reduced before play began to 42 overs a side. Singapore batted first and reached 192/9, with 55 from Buddhika Mendis being the backbone of their innings. The rain then came during Bahrain's innings with them at 88/5 in the 23rd over, 26 runs short of the D/L target.
In the seventh place play-off, the hosts Malaysia took on Qatar, and dismissed them for 220. Unlike in the other games, when the rain came in the second innings, Malaysia were way ahead of the D/L target, and picked up the win by 45 runs.
This has been a successful tournament, ignoring the severe mis-matches in the group stages, and Malaysia have done well hosting the tournament for the second time on the trot. Rain may have affected the last two days, but all games have had a result. The weather forecast for tomorrow's final between Hong Kong and UAE is indicating a 60% chance of rain, with scattered thunderstorms. Hopefully, the rains will bypass the ground and we can get a full 50 overs for each team. Hong Kong will be hoping to get revenge for the 2000 final, where the UAE beat them by 3 wickets.