Asia Cup Qualifiers 2018, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Hong Kong, Nepal, Oman
Ehsan Khan (file photo) took 4 for 17 to rout Nepal © Getty Images

Nepal‘s horror run in the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers continued at UKM-YSD Cricket Oval, Bangi, where they were skittled out for 95 by Hong Kong in 37.5 overs. Five Nepal batsmen — Anil Sah (15), Paras Khadka (14), Gyanendra Malla (12), Aarif Sheikh (18), and Basant Regmi (15*) — reached double figures, but none of them made past twenty. Off-spinner Ehsan Khan (7.5-1-15-4) led the rout for Hong Kong, while Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz Khan picked up two wickets apiece.

Afzal started the day by clean bowling Subash Khakurel with the first ball of the match, and got Khadka caught-behind soon afterwards. Sah and Malla took Nepal to the relative safety of 44 for 2 when the collapse began, and once they were reduced to 58 for 7 there was little fight left in them.

At Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur, UAE posted 208 for 8 against table toppers Oman, who are unbeaten in the tournament. Nine of the ten UAE batsmen reached double-figures, but the defining innings came from Rohan Mustafa (71). The Omanis bowled well, as they have done throughout the tournament. In fact, they ensured no UAE partnership made it to 30.

Oman, currently on 7, is a solitary point ahead of UAE. Hong Kong are on 5, but are ahead of Oman on net run rate (+.1.570 to +0.927), and are eyeing a massive win against Nepal. In other words, Oman need to win this match to reach the final.

At Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore are finally eyeing that elusive victory. Anish Paraam’s 95-ball 100 took them to 276 for 3 against hosts Malaysia. They were off to a brisk start, with Rohan Rangarajan and Arjun Mutreja adding 54 for the opening stand in 67 balls. A late onslaught from Anantha Krishna (who hit three sixes in his 17-ball 30) pushed them further.

Brief scores:

Nepal 95 in 37.5 overs (Aarif Sheikh 18; Ehsan Khan 4 for 15) vs Hong Kong 17 for 1 in 4.1 overs (Anshuman Rath 9*; Sandeep Lamichhane 1 for 1).

UAE 208 for 8 in 50 overs (Rohan Mustafa 71; Zeeshan Maqsood 2 for 21) vs Oman.

Singapore 276 for 9 in 50 overs (Anish Paraam 100; Syazrul Idrus 3 for 51) vs Malaysia.