The ACC Under-16 Elite Cup has got under way in Nepal. The tournament is a replacement for the Under-15 and Under-17 tournaments.

Thee matches took place yesterday, with Nepal, Singapore and Bahrain all picking up wins.

Nepal had a relatively easy win over Hong Kong. Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat first, and were bowled out for just 88, Nischal Pandey taking four wickets for only six runs. Nepal knocked off the runs required in 18.3 overs for the loss of four wickets, Dipendra Chand top scoring with an unbeaten 38.

In their match against Bahrain, Kuwait won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bowled out for 111, with 33 extras the largest contribution to that total. Lalith Lal and Aditya Sarkar both took three wickets each. Bahrain chased down their target in 21 overs for the loss of three wickets, Mohammad Fayyaz top scoring with an unbeaten 35.

The match between Singapore and Malaysia was a higher scoring match than those two. Malaysia put Singapore into bat, and they got off to a good start with Iishan Shekhar and Vikas Rajagopal putting on 92 for the second wicket. Both batsmen made half-centuries, but once they were out, the rest of the order struggled, only scoring 69 in the remaining 20 overs.

Singapore had made 194-9 from their 40 overs, and Malaysia struggled in reply. Amerul Hussein and Syadhat Ramli both passed 30, but no one else got a start and Malaysia were bowled out for 141 to lose by 53 runs. Shivam Ahuja was the pick of the bowlers with 4-32.

Nepal beat Hong Kong by 6 wickets
Tribhuvan University, 8 March
Hong Kong 88 (35.4 overs, N Pandey 4-6, S Shrestha 3-22)
Nepal 89-4 (18.3 overs, D Chand 38*, K Shah 3-26)

Bahrain beat Kuwait by 7 wickets
Engineering Ground, 8 March
Kuwait 111 (20.4 overs, Lalith Lal 3-16, Aditya Sarkar 3-27)
Bahrain 116-3 (21 overs, Mohammad Fayyaz 35*, A Mohan 3-24)

Singapore beat Malaysia by 53 runs
Army School Ground, 8 March
Singapore 194-9 (40 overs, V Rajagopal 56, I Shekhar 52)
Malaysia 141 (35.2 overs, S Ahuja 4-32, A Singh 3-24)