Whilst most were expecting a Bangladesh v Hong Kong final, we will instead be getting a Bangladesh v Nepal final after both teams won their respective semi finals in Malaysia today.

In what was originally predicted to be the final, Bangladesh met Hong Kong and batted first. After losing two wickets in two balls in the eighth over of their innings, Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh put on 37 in ten overs for the fourth wicket.

But Hong Kong then got back into the game by taking three quick wickets for just ten runs. But a late partnership between Ghosh and Tithi Rani Sarker which saw twenty runs put on in the last four overs helped Bangladesh reach 100/7 from their 30 overs, a tricky target for a Hong Kong side that tends to rely too much on their captain Neisha Pratt.

Pratt moved down the order, but was soon at the crease with Hong Kong in trouble at 14/2. She saw out an over of Panna Ghosh's pace bowling and was looking to play herself in and provide the bedrock of the Hong Kong reply.

But then 16 year old, barely four foot tall, left-arm spinner Champa Chakma (pictured right) came on. Pratt came down the wicket to her second ball and was stumped. And if she was good enough to get Pratt out, she was certainly good enough to have the rest of the batting line-up in a spin.

Showing a repertoire that any left-arm spinner would be proud of, Chakma bowled superbly, with even the umpire looking impressed with the delivery that removed Renee Montgomery. She finished with 3/16 as Hong Kong were bowled out for 41 in the 24th over, Bangladesh winning by 59 runs.

Bangladesh beat Hong Kong by 59 runs
Johor Baru, Malaysia
Bangladesh: 100/7 (30 overs, P Ghosh 39*)
Hong Kong: 41 (23.3 overs, C Chakma 3/16)

In today's other semi final, China were looking to continue their fine first tournament. As the picture of Nepal celebrating to the left indicates, they didn't quite achieve that goal.

Nepal bowling superbly to restrict China to 40, and they were bowled out in the 29th over. Only one four was hit in China's innings, and that was a heave over midwicket. K Chaudhary took three wickets for five runs from her six overs and was the pick of the Nepali bowlers.

Nepal took their time reaching their target, and they eventually reached it in the 15th over for the loss of one wicket. It would have taken longer had it not been for China giving up 21 runs in extras.

Nepal will now meet Bangladesh in tomorrow's final. Nepal have played well in this tournament, especially in their upset win over Hong Kong, but they will need to be above the top of their game if they are to beat Bangladesh and take the fourth spot in the next Asia Cup tournament.

China lost to Nepal by 9 wickets
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
China: 40 (28.5 overs, K Chaudhary 3/5)
Nepal: 41/1 (14.3 overs)

Pictures (c) Asian Cricket Council