Asia Cup Qualifiers – Day 5
Oman vs Hong Kong Asia Cup Qualifier 2nd September 2018
- The Oman vs Hong Kong match was washed out by rain.
- It was a complete let-down for cricket analysts who follow the qualifiers closely, to gather more data which helps make predictions for future matches.
- This match was very crucial in the race to the final of Asia Cup Qualifier 2018. Oman was in 2nd place with 3 wins from 3 matches and 6 points and Hong Kong was in 3rd place with 2 wins from 3 matches and 4 points.
- A win in this match would put Hong Kong equal with UAE with 6 points and in the race to the final.
- Hong Kong did a fine job after winning the toss and electing to field first. They took quick wickets and never let the Oman batsmen settle down.
- Eshan Nawaz picked 4 wickets for 39 runs along with Aizaz Khan (2-46) and Ehsan Khan (2-28).
- Mohammad Nadeem and Fayyaz Butt scored 50 and 54 runs to take the Oman Score to 183.
- The Hong Kong innings was cut short due to rain after 5 overs, and the Hong Kong team was 25-0 with a run rate of 5.00.
- No result was gained in this match and the points were divided between the two teams.
- Now, Hong Kong is still at number 3 with 5 points in 4 matches, while Oman has climbed up to the top position with 7 points in 4 matches.
Malaysia vs UAE – Asia Cup Qualifier 2nd September 2018
- Malaysia won the toss and elected to bat first. Malaysia faced major blows at the start of their innings when two of their openers lost their wickets in 2 consecutive deliveries in the 3rd over. Malaysia was 10-2 in 2.3 overs.
- After the first two wickets picked by Mohammad Naveed, Rohan Mustafa dismissed the Malaysia captain Ahmed. Faiz and in the next over Ahmed Raza bowled Sharril Fetri of Malaysia out.
- Malaysia lost 3 wickets in 4 runs and from 35-2, they were 39-5. With half of the team back to the pavilion, the tail did not hold up for long and were all out for 92.
- Ahmed Raza picked 4 wickets and all other 3 bowlers picked 2 wickets each.
- UAE lost their 1st wicket early in the 2nd over, but it didn’t affect their batting much and UAE chased down the total in 8.1 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
- Rohan Mustafa was not out on 38 and won the player of the match award.
- UAE has now 6 points from 4 matches and are at number 2 in the table. Malaysia after their 3rd loss in the series are at 5th place with 2 points in 4 matches.
Singapore vs Nepal – Asia Cup Qualifier 2nd September 2018
- This was again a case of team electing bat first and failing to put a decent score on the board. Singapore winning the toss chose to bat first and put a total of 151 runs on the board. They were all out in the 42nd over with only their captain playing a fine knock of 60 runs in 88 balls and their top 3 batsman scoring below 10 runs.
- LN Rajbanshi and S Lamichhane picked 3 wickets each for Nepal restricting Singapore to a low total.
- Chasing a target of 152, Nepal started off well with their opening partnership of 56 runs.
- They lost 2 more wickets in quick succession at 71 and 72. They were 4 down for 119, but that didn’t help Singapore’s chances to win. Nepal chased down the total in 28.1 overs and 4 wickets in hand.
- LN Rajbanshi was awarded player of the match.
- This was the 4th loss for Singapore in 4 matches. They stay at the bottom of the table with 0 points on the board. Nepal winning their 2nd match in the series are at the 4th place with 4 points in 4 matches.
- All team have just one more match to play, Singapore and Malaysia are clearly out of the race to the final of the series. Nepal still has a mathematical chance to qualify for the final depending on a few factors.
Nepal will face Hong Kong in their next match, which if they win, they finish with 6 points. In that case, Hong Kong will be out of the race and the result of the UAE vs Oman match will decide if Nepal would qualify for the final.
UAE meets Oman on 4th September and for Nepal to have a chance, Oman would have to win, in case UAE defeats Oman, UAE and Oman will be in the finals with UAE finishing first with 8 points and Oman second with 7 points. And
Nepal’s would remain at 3rd.
In case UAE loses their last match and finishes with 6 points, and equals with Nepal, the Net Run Rate would be the deciding factor.
Both the games – Oman vs UAE and Hong Kong vs Nepal are going to be an interesting watch and a feast for the analysts so check our Asia Cup betting guide.