Nepal and Afghanistan are the strongest non-Test playing cricket nations in Asia © Getty Images (representational image)
Nepal and Afghanistan are the strongest non-Test playing cricket nations in Asia © Getty Images (representational image)

Nepal and Afghanistan have registered thumping victories in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Premier League over Malaysia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) respectively. Afghanistan won their tie against UAE by 10 wickets within 12.5 overs out of the maximum of 50 overs, while Nepal chased down their target of 76 set by Malaysia in just 14.4 overs with eight wickets in hand. UAE managed to score just 88 before getting bowled out in 30.5 overs. Tariq Stanikzai picked a fifer for Afghanistan to consign UAE to a measly total.

Afghanistan did not have to look beyond their openers to win the match with both Hazratullah and Nasir Khan scoring 39-ball 41’s in perfect sync. Afghanistan were dominant in all departments and UAE stood no chance. Nepal displayed an equally dominating performance against Malaysia. Aarif Sheikh took four wickets for Nepal, resulting in Malaysia not being able to put a respectable partnership.

With just 77 for victory, Nepal lost only two wickets in their chase. Opener Ashish Dhami was the top-scorer for them with an unbeaten 38. He was well assisted by Rajbir Singh who scored 33, before being dismissed in the fag end of the match. The crushing victories reasserts the status of Nepal and Afghanistan as the two strongest non-Test playing Asian cricketing countries.