The semi-finals for the ACC Under-19 Championship will be pretty much as expected before the tournament after yesterday's play.

Favourites Nepal secured their spot in the semi-finals with a simple 8 wicket win over Oman at Club Aman. They bowled out Oman for 90 before knocking off the runs in 23 overs, Gyanendra Malla leading the way with an unbeaten 58.

Hosts Malaysia bowled Qatar out for 134. Mohd Shahrulnizam Yusof put in a fantastic bowling performance, taking 2/10 from his ten overs which included six maidens. They lost early wickets in their run chase, but 57 not out from Ahmad Faiz Mohammed Noor led them to their target in the 35th over for the loss of five wickets.

Singapore's match against the UAE was essentially a quarter final, with the winners assured of a semi-final spot. Singapore batted first, and quickly collapsed to 15/4, thanks to a fine bowling performance from Muhammad Ali who took 3/29 from his ten overs. They recovered to score 165/9 from their 50 overs, Timothy Singham top-scoring with 53. The UAE scored consistently without too much big hitting, and reached their target in the 45th over to win by four wickets.

Afghanistan had already secured their semi-final spot, but they still played at their best against Kuwait. The game had been reduced slightly to 49 overs per side, and 66 from Obaidullah Kunari led them to 251/9. Kuwait started their reply well enough with a 73 run opening partnership, dominated by Shoib Mohammed who scored 54. But the rest of the line-up couldn't capitalise on that partnership, and they could only reach 197/9 from their 49 overs, giving the Afghans the 54 run win.

Tomorrow's semi-finals will see Malaysia play Nepal and Afghanistan play the UAE. Thailand will play Kuwait tomorrow to determine 9th and 10th place.