China eliminated; Nepal thrash Maldives
Day two of the men's cricket tournament at the Asian Games saw the first quarter final as hosts China took on Pakistan. It became painfully obvious just how far China have to go as they were dismantled by what was essentially a third string Pakistan side.
Pakistan chose to bat first after winning the toss and smashed 183 for the loss of just one wicket in their 20 overs. Captain Khalid Latif, who played at the World Twenty20 earlier this year, hit the tournament's first century, an unbeaten 103 from 69 balls.
In reply, China simply batted out their overs to score 55-9, losing by 128 runs. Li Jian was the only batsman to reach double figures with 14. Aizaz Cheema and Raza Hasan took three wickets each. Pakistan's next match will be the semi-finals on Thursday where they will play the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Afghanistan and the winners of group D.
In the second match of the day, Nepal secured their quarter final spot with a win over the Maldives. Nepal scored 129-9 in their 20 overs and the Maldives limped to 54-8 in reply, Rahul Vishvakarma taking 3-9.
The win secures Nepal's quarter final place as if the Maldives pull off an unlikely upset over Hong Kong tomorrow, the net run rate situation is such that Nepal can't be eliminated. The other match of the day will be the quarter final between Bangladesh and Malaysia.