Afghanistan and Hong Kong win on day three
Only two matches were played on day three of the ACC Elite Trophy in Kuala Lumpur, with Afghanistan playing the hosts and Hong Kong playing Kuwait.
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat in their match at the Selangor Turf Club, and for once their batting line-up actually attempted to build an innings rather than hit out. Nowroz Mangal and Karim Sadiq put on 123 for the first wicket before Mangal fell on 48.
Karim Sadiq batted on to score 81 before he became one of four victims for Dinesh Muthuraman inside six overs. He eventually finished with 4/49. The middle order rallied with Noor Ali Noori, Raees Ahmadzai and Asghar Stanikzai all making scores above 30. Afghanistan eventually made 263/9 from their 50 overs, a rare case of them batting out their overs.
Malaysia struggled in their run chase, with only M. Krishnamurthi getting a start. Nowroz Mangal came on and took 5/24 to remove the Malaysian lower order, bowling them out for 197, giving Afghanistan a 66 run win and top spot in the group as the only team with out a defeat.
Meanwhile at the Bayuemas Oval, Hong Kong were playing Kuwait. The last time these two sides met it ended in a tie, and Kuwait would have been hoping to go one better when they elected to bat after winning the toss.
Unfortunately for them, only Sabitan Raza got a start with an innings of 47as Nadeem Ahmed, who for a while mesmerised Pakistan in the Asia Cup last month, repeated the trick on much lesser opponents, taking 4/28 as Kuwait were bowled out for 161.
Hussain Butt was the backbone of the Hong Kong run chase, scoring 53 as Hong Kong eased to the target with more than ten overs to spare, winning by six wickets. Captain Tabarak Dar also chipped in with 32.
There will be three matches tomorrow. Bahrain will try to emulate Saudi Arabia and upset the UAE whilst Hong Kong will play Qatar and Singapore will play Nepal it what should be the match of the day.