Afghanistan and Malaysia win on day three of ACC T20
It was a short day at the ACC Twenty20 in Nepal today, with Afghanistan playing Bahrain and Malaysia playing Singapore.
Afghanistan were put into bat by Bahrain, and at one point collapsed from 51-1 to 62-4, but a fifth wicket partnership of 83 between Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran got the innings back on track. Naib was dismissed for 46, whilst Zadran made an unbeaten 45 from 31 balls to take Afghanistan to 157-5 from their 20 overs.
The target was out of the reach of the Bahrain batsmen, who were bowled out for 85, losing by 72 runs. Gulbadin Naib did the damage to the top order, completing a fine all round performance with 4-23, whilst Hamza Hotak polished off the tail with 3-7 in 1.5 overs.
In the match between old rivals Malaysia and Singapore, Malaysia won the toss and put Singapore in to bat. The Singaporeans, hoping to bounce back after a surprise defeat to Bahrain yesterday, scored an impressive 171-6 from their 20 overs, Chaminda Ruwan top scoring with 47.
In reply, Malaysia lost wickets early, but recovered well, Suhan Kumar and Khizar Hayat putting on an unbroken stand of 75 for the fifth wicket to take them to a five wicket win. Kumar ended with 70, scored from just 37 balls.
Another short day tomorrow with just two games. Hong Kong will play the Maldives, whilst Kuwait will take on Oman.