Asia Cup Qualifiers – Day 6
The Asia Cup Qualifier 2018 has reached the concluding stage and is just one match away from deciding who will be the 6th team playing in the Asia Cup 2018. Here is a quick recap of the Round 5 of the Qualifier series.
3 matches were played in the Round 5 on 4th September 2018. Two of these matches were crucial to decide which teams will progress to the finals.
Singapore vs Malaysia – Asia Cup Qualifier 4th September 2018
- Singapore and Malaysia were both out of the race to the final with Singapore being at the bottom of the table with no points and Malaysia at 5th place with 2 points before the match started.
- The result wouldn’t have made much of a difference to either of the teams.
- Singapore won the toss and elected to bat first. R Rohan and A Mutreja opened the innings for Singapore and put 54 runs for the 1st wicket on the scoreboard.
- Another 50-runs partnership came for the 5th wicket from AE Param (100) and Manpreet Singh (34). There were 2 more short partnerships that helped take Singapore’s total to 276/9.
- Syazrul Idrus bowling for Malaysia picked 3 wickets for 51 runs. Shuarril Fetri and Abdul Rashid picked 2 wickets each.
- The Malaysian chase started with a wicket in the 1st over. Following that Shafiq Sharif (93) and Ahmed Faiz (59) put together 137 runs for the 2nd wicket. There was another half century from Virandeep Singh batting at number 5.
- With 5 batsmen out for 0 and only one scoring above 10 runs, Malaysia fell short of the target and were all out for 247 runs in 49.5 overs.
- Singapore won by 29 runs and Anish Paraam was awarded Player of the match.
UAE vs Oman – Asia Cup Qualifier 4th September 2018
- The 14th match of the Asia Cup Qualifier was played between UAE and Oman.Oman won the toss and elected to field first.
- UAE openers didn’t give a great start to their innings. After the 1st wicket fell for 26 runs in the 8th over, wickets started falling at almost 20 runs apart. There were on major partnerships and the UAE innings hinged on the captain alone,
- Rohan Mustafa. He scored 71 runs and batted patiently when wickets fell one after the other from the other end. He came in to bat at number 3 in the 8th over and was the 7th man to get out in the 43rd over.
- It was the captain’s innings that helped UAE to cross 200 runs. Their innings ended with 208/8 in 50 overs.
- Fayyaz Butt and Zeeshan Maqsood picked 2 wickets each for Oman.
- Chasing a target of 209 in 50 overs, Oman lost their 1st wicket early the 3rd over for 17 runs. There was a 44-runs partnership for the 2nd wicket, but it wasn’t followed by any other major partnerships needed to chase down the total.
- Aqib Ilyas opening for Oman was the highest scorer in the innings with 45 runs. Oman were close to their target till the end, and winning was a possibility through-out since enough deliveries were left to score the runs. UAE got the better of
- Oman and got them all out for 195 runs in 47.2 overs.
- UAE won by 13 runs and with this win qualified for the final of the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018.
- Rohan Mustafa was the man of the match with his all-round performance that turned out crucial to UAE’s win. He picked 2 wickets for 31 runs.
Nepal vs Hong Kong – Asia Cup 4th September 2018
- This was the second crucial match of the series that would be decide the second finalist of Asia Cup Qualifier 2018.
- Nepal won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first didn’t turn out the way Nepal’s captain P Khadka would have expected. They lost their 1st wicket on the first ball as their opener SP Khakurel was bowled by Tanwir Afzal for 0.
- Nepal captain batting at number 3 scored 14 runs and was out in the 8th over and Nepal was 2 down for 23. Here on, Nepal lost wickets regularly and with no partnerships building, Nepal was all out for 95 runs in 37.5 overs.
- Bowling for Hong Kong, Ehsan Khan picked 4 wickets for 15 along with Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz Khan who picked 2 wickets each.
- The target of 96 runs looks easy and small, but Hong Kong had to fight for it. Hong Kong innings struggled at the top early when Hong Kong were 3 wickets down for 40 runs. Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath scored 52 runs and build a partnership of 31 runs with KD Shah for the 4th wicket.
- The partnership brought Hong Kong closer the target. But, it wasn’t an easy chase for Hong Kong, as no other batsman had a double-digit score.
- Anshuman Rath was the 5th man to get out and Hong Kong were 83-5 and just 13 runs away from the target. They lost two 2 wickets in just 4 runs and were 87 for 7 in the 30th over.
- That was the closest Nepal got to victory as SS McKechnie and Tanwir Afzal of Hong Kong added another 9 runs needed for the win.
- Hong Kong won by 3 wickets and 105 balls remaining.
- S Lamichhane picked a 5-wicket haul bowling for Nepal and created a window for Nepal to jump into the race. He picked 5 for 27 in 10 overs.
- Anshuman Rath was awarded man of the match for his captain’s knock that to see his team to victory.
- Hong Kong got 2 points for the win and with 7 points from 5 wins tied with Oman who had 7 points too. Hong Kong’s victory by a good margin of ball remaining helped their Net Run Rate and with +1.530 NRR, +1 point higher than that of
- Oman, they finished at number 2 in the table.
Hong Kong will now meet UAE in the final of the Asia Cup Qualifier on 6th September 2018 at the Kinrara Academy Oval.
The final will be a great spectacle to watch and the decider of the 6th spot in the Asia Cup 2018. Stay updated on the Asia Cup with our latest sports news and cricket predictions, betting tips and markets with analysis.