It was quite the day in Malaysia as the Challenge League play-off resumed after yesterday's rest day, with Bermuda and Malaysia beating Saudi Arabia and Tanzania respectively in games that went down to the wire and Kuwait springing a surprise on a strong Italian side.

Bermuda captain Delray Rawlins won the toss and chose to bat first at the Selangor Turf Club. They started on the back foot with two early wickets, before a knock of 29 by Terryn Fray took their total to 45 before he was the third man out in the twelfth over, Marcus Scotland falling in the very next over.

Delray Rawlins and Kamau Leverock added 46 for the fifth wicket before the latter was out for 24, with Rawlins and Dominic Sabir adding another 87 for the sixth wicket, Sabir scoring 51 from 45 balls before getting out. Rawlins reached 75 before he was the last man out, his team having scored 227.

An 87 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Hisham Shaikh and Waji Ul Hassan was a key part of the Saudi reply, with the pair scoring 45 and 41 respectively before both were removed by Dominic Sabir.

Kuwait kept in touching distance of the required run rate, and they got themselves into a position where they needed seven from the final over. Chris Douglas took the ball, and sent down two dots before conceding a single from the third ball. Imran Yousef tried to run two from the next ball as Kuwait looked for runs but Ishtiaq Ahmad was run out as they tried for the second, securing a four run win.

At the YSD-UKM Oval in Bangi, Tanzania batted first after captain Abhik Patwa won the toss. Mohamed Issa top scored with 43 at exactly a run a ball, with contributions also coming from Kassim Nassoro (39) and Salum Jumbe (38) as they scored 247-9 from their 50 overs.

Ahmad Faiz top scored in Malaysia's reply with 53, with Sharvin Muniandy contributing 48 and Muhamad Amir 34. A late cameo from number nine Ainool Hafizs got Malaysis close, with the home side needing 14 from the final over.

That over, bowled by Salum Jumbe, started with a wide before Hafizs hit a six. Two were taken from the next before a dot, another wide. Hafizs ran from the fourth legitimate delivery but was run out trying to come back for a second, leaving numbers 10 & 11 to try and get four runs from the last two balls.

Pavandeep Singh ran a single from the penultimate delivery before Muhammad Wafiq cooly hit the final delivery to the boundary to secure a thrilling one wicket win and keep the hopes of the hosts alive.

At the Bayuemas Oval, Kuwait captain Mohammed Aslam won the toss and chose to bat first, with a 79 run partnership for the third wicket between Usman Patel and Mohammad Amin providing the backbone to their innings. That partnership ended when Patel was out for 50, whilst Amin scored 61 before he was dismissed.

A quickfire 38 from 24 balls helped Kuwait reach a total of 216 before the last wicket fell from the fourth ball of their last over. Gareth Berg was the pick of the Italian bowlers with 3-36.

The total looked to not be enough against an in-form Italian side that had made the two highest totals of the tournament so far, but an inspired bowling display ensured that only three Italians were able to reach double figures. Mohamed Shafeeq took 3-29 with Yasin Patel taking 3-11 as Italy were bowled out for 86, losing by 130 runs.

Despite that defeat, Italy are certain to progress to the Super Six stage from Group A, as are Bermuda irrespective of the result in their match against Kuwait tomorrow. Should Bermdua win that match, Saudi Arabia will progress with them, whilst Kuwait need either a win or a no-result.

In Group B, Bahrain are certain to progress, with the pathway for the other three teams a little more complicated than the situation in Group A. If Malaysia beat Vanuatu tomorrow then Malaysia will qualify along with Tanzania, irrespective of the result between Bahrain and Tanzania. If Vanuatu and Tanzania both win, Malaysia will be the team to miss out, whilst wins for Vanuatu and Bahrain will see net run rate come into the equation to decide the two teams progressing with Bahrain.