Asia Cup Qualifiers Nepal UAE Oman Singapore Malaysia Hong Kong
Sagar Pun © AFP (file photo)

Sagar Pun, with an 84-ball 83, helped Nepal recover from the doldrums and post 221 for 9 in their Asia Cup Qualifiers match against Oman, at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur. While Gyanendra Malla provided Nepal with a brisk start, he lost Subash Khakurel, and more importantly, captain Paras Khadka. Malla himself fell for a 60-ball 45, and shortly after that Nepal were looking down the barrel at 80 for 4 in the 23rd over.

That was when Pun took charge. He added 92 with a resolute Aarif Sheikh (36). Nepal more wickets, but Pun found company in Karan KC. The pair added 24 in just 9 balls before Pun was run out in the final over. Karan finished unbeaten on a 10-ball 26.

Hong Kong were in for a rude shock against hosts Malaysia at Kinrara Academy Oval. They got off to an excellent start, reaching 59 for 1 in 9 overs, before collapsing. Only captain-wicketkeeper Babar Hayat stood firm with a run-a-ball 58, but once he fell, they were bowled out for 161. Off-spinner Suharril Fatri (10-2-24-3) and left-arm spinner Pavandeep Singh (10-3-13-3) did the most damage. However, Hong Kong have hit back before lunch, reducing Malaysia to 18 for 2 in the brief period before lunch.

UAE, however, are finding things rather easy against Singapore. They are 312 for 8 in a truncated 49-over innings. Chirag Suri, who top-scored with 111, added 105 in 105 balls for the first wicket with Ashfaq Ahmed (64 in 53 balls), and another 134 (in 112 balls) with Shaiman Anwar (75 in 62).

Brief scores:

Nepal 221 for 9 in 50 overs (Sagar Pun 83; Ajay Lalcheta 2 for 34) vs Oman.

Hong Kong 161 in 46.4 overs (Babar Hayat 58; Syazrul Idrus 3 for 37, Pavandeep Singh 3 for 13, Suharril Fetri 3 for 24) vs Malaysia 18 for 2 in 5 overs (Muhammad Anwar 10; Nadeem Ahmed 1 for 0).

UAE 312 for 8 in 49 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 64, Chirag Suri 111, Shaiman Anwar 75; Amjad Mahboob 3 for 61) vs Singapore.