Asia Cup Qualifier finely poised
On a rainy day in Kuala Lumpur, one match didn't reach a conclusion, leaving four teams still in contention for the Asia Cup Qualifier final.
At the Bayuemas Oval, the UAE made short work of hosts Malaysia. First, they used just four bowlers as they bowled Malaysia out for 92, Ahmed Raza taking 4-28. An unbeaten 38 from 26 balls by captain Rohan Mustafa helped the visitors chase down their target in just 8.1 overs to win by 8 wickets. The whole contest lasted just under 40 overs.
In Bangi, Singapore batted first after winning the toss against Nepal. The top three were all dismissed for low scores, leaving the fourth wicket pairing of Chetan Suryawanshi and Anish Paraam to put on 80. That was the only partnership of note though, with Suryawanshi's 60 being Singapore's top score. Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane both took three wickets.
Nepal successfully chased down their target to win by four wickets, but with net run rate potentially a key issue after the final round of matches, they went about their work too slowly, particularly opener Subash Khakurel who took 38 balls to score just 14. Anil Sah top scored for them with 43.
At the Kinrara Academy Oval, Oman were put in by Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath and scored 183 from their 50 overs, largely thanks to an eighth wicket partnership of 94 between Mohammad Nadeem an Fayyaz Butt, who scored 54 and 50 respectively. Ehsan Nawaz was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers with 4-39.
A win would have secured Oman's place in the final, but rain brought an end to the Hong Kong innings after just 5 overs with the score on 25-0. Despite no matches being scheduled tomorrow, the game will not be replayed and the teams split the points.
Oman will play the UAE in the final round of matches on Tuesday, with the winners set to reach the final. A win for Hong Kong over Nepal will see them reach the final. Nepal can only reach the final if Oman lose on Tuesday and they beat Hong Kong, though they will need a big swing on net run rate. Malaysia and Singapore will also play off to avoid the wooden spoon on Tuesday.