Asia Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Day four Round up

Nepal stays in race for qualification with win; Oman-HK rained out

Sandeep Lamichhane picked three wickets to restrict Singapore to 151 | Getty No team has yet qualified for the Asia Cup 2018 main draw and it has all gone down to the final rounds of matches in the qualifiers to determine the winner. The clash between Oman and UAE on Tuesday, as well as the one between Hong Kong and Nepal, are virtual semi-finals with the victors guaranteed berths in the final, the winner of which will go on to play in the tournament proper.

Oman is currently at the top of the table with seven points, followed by UAE with six, Hong Kong with five and Nepal with four, with one game remaining each.

Here is the roundup for the day four of matches:

Hong Kong vs Oman, 10th Match

The Oman vs. Hong Kong match was rained out and helped Oman hang on to the top spot in the standings. Oman was put into bat and was bowled out for 183 runs with Mohd Nadeem making 54 and Fayyaz Butt making 50. Ehasan Nawaz of HK picked 4/39.

Hong Kong had started off well with 25/0 in 5 overs when rain intervened and saved Oman.

Brief scores: Oman 183 in 50 overs (Mohammad Nadeem 54, Ahmad Fayyaz Butt 50; Ehsan Nawaz 4-39, Ehsan Khan 2-28) vs Hong Kong 25/0 in 5 overs (Christopher Carter 14*). No result.


UAE vs Malaysia, 11th match

Malaysia opted to bat first and regretted their decision as Ahmed Raza (4/28) and Mohd Nadeem (2 wkts) reduced them to 92 all out in 31.3 overs.

UAE in a bid to up their net run rate reached the target in just 8.1 overs for the loss of two wickets. Rohan Mustafa scored 38*. UAE won the match by 8 wickets.

Brief scores: Malaysia 92 in 31.3 overs (Sharvin Muniandy 16; Ahmed Raza 4-28, Rohan Mustafa 2-12) lost to UAE 93/2 in 8.1 overs (Rohan Mustafa 38*, Rameez Shahzad 26*; Syed Aziz 2-35) by 8 wickets.


Nepal vs Singapore, 12th Match

Singapore's decision to bat first backfired as they lost first three wickets for 18 runs against Nepal. Chetan Suryawanshi and Anish Paraam added 70 runs to bring some respect to the innings, but Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Sandeep Lamichhane starred with the ball, picking up eight wickets between them to bowl Singapore out for 151.

Though Nepal lost some wickets in the tricky chase, they registered a four-wicket win to keep themselves in line for qualification.
Brief scores: Singapore 151 in 42 overs (Chetan Suryawanshi 60, Anish Paraam 31; Lalit Rajbanshi 3-27, Sandeep Lamichhane 3-35) lost to Nepal 152/6 in 28.1 overs (Anil Sah 43, Dipendra Singh Airee 33; Selladore Vijayakumar 2-33, Anantha Krishna 2-33) by 4 wickets.


By Jatin Sharma - 02 Sep, 2018

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