Rohan Mustafa's all-round show sealed the win for UAE
Rohan Mustafa’s all-round show sealed the win for UAE

United Arab Emirates notched an important win to maintain second place in the points table in the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers with an eight-wicket win over Malaysia, whereas Nepal got the better of Singapore to move up to fourth in the points tally.

Oman, the table toppers secured only one point after their game with Hong Kong ended in no result due to rain. In the last round, Oman will take on UAE while Hong Kong, in contention for a place in the final, will square off against Nepal.

At the Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur, UAE trounced Malaysia. Opting to bat first, Malaysia could only manage 92 runs in 31.3 overs with UAE’s Ahmed Raza claiming four for 28 in his ten overs. skipper Rohan Mustafa claimed two for 12 while Mohammad Naveed returned two for 31. Amir Hayat picked two for 21 in his seven.

UAE then made short work of the target chasing it down in 8.1 overs with Mustafa clobbering 38 off 26 deliveries. Chirag Suri made 22 off 10 before becoming Syed Aziz’s second wicket of the day after he has removed opener Ashfaq Ahmed for one. Rameez Shahzad then saw his team home with an unbeaten 16 off 13.

At UKM-YSD Cricket Oval, Bangi, Nepal registered theri second win of the tournament. After opting to bat first Singapore lost their first three wickets for just 18 runs with Nepal’s  Sompal Kami claiming both the openers Rohan Rangarajan (8) and Arjun Mutreja (0) before Lalit Rajbanshi removed Aritra Dutta for eight.

Singapore skipper Chetan Suryawanshi (60) and Anish Paraam (31) then combined for an 80-run stand for the fourth wicket before Paraam was run-out. Karthikeyan Subramanian’s 20 down the order helped Singapore post 151 in 42 overs.

IPL recruit Sandeep Lamichhane picked three for 35 while Rajbanshi returned three for 27.

In chase, opener Anil Sah top-scored for Nepal with 43 while Dipendra Singh Airee made 33 of 34 deliveries as Nepal overhauled the target with four wickets in hand and 21.5 overs to spare.

For Singapore, Selladore Vijayakumar and Anantha Krishna picked two wickets each.

In the third match of the day, Oman, who had won three straight matches, were in all sorts of trouble against an inspired Hong Kong unit. From 75 for 7, Oman put on an respectable total of 183 courtesy, 54 from Mohammad Nadeem and 50 from No.9 batsman Fayyaz Butt.

However, Singapore could only add 25 without any loss in 5 overs before rain haled play and eventually the match was called off.