Malaysia set date with Nepal

KATHMANDU: Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong joined already qualified Nepal

in the semi-finals of the ACC U-16 Elite Cup here today.

Singapore topped Group A with their third successive win following a five-wicket victory over Saudi Arabia while Malaysia advanced as the runners-up from the same group after defeating Thailand,

their second win, by 175 runs. Hong Kong also qualified as Group B runners-up after defeating Kuwait by 94 runs.

Nepal had already topped the Group B

with three wins in as many matches on

Thursday. The results meant the home side will take on Malaysia and Singapore will face Hong Kong in the semi-final matches on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia were bowled out for 118 runs in 33.3 overs after electing to bat at the Birendra Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya grounds. Salman Patel top scored with 26 and Mohammad Abdullah made 23 for Saudi. Man-of-the-match Varun Sivaram (4-19) and Abhiraj Singh (4-24) were the pick of the Singapore bowlers while Iishaan Shekhar and Mohit Kulkarni claimed one wicket apiece.

Chasing 119, Singapore were reeling at 49-4 by the ninth over before Mohit Kulkarni guided their team — 121-5 in 23.1 overs — safely home with an unbeaten knock of 39 runs. Opener Iishaan also chipped in 25-ball 22. Mohammad Abdullah and Faheem Afrad claimed two wickets apiece for Saudi Arabia.

At the TU Stadium, Kinchit Shah struck a half century and took two wickets to help Hong Kong defeat Kuwait by 94 runs. Hong Kong made 236-8 in 40 overs with man-of-the-match Kinchit making 69 runs and Amandeep Singh contributing a fiery 21-ball 35 which included two sixes and three fours. Kinchit struck seven fours in his 87-ball knock. Avinash Mohan took two and skipper Abdul Jabar one wicket for Kuwait. Five Hong Kong batsmen were run out.

Zakaria Ali (68) and Ali Zaheer (23) gave Kuwait an ideal start in their run chase putting on 58 runs for the first wicket in just six overs. But Zaheer’s dismissal in the last ball of the sixth

over, bowled by Kinchit, ignited a Kuwaiti collapse. Zakaria led the one-man fightback despite wickets kept stumbling at the other end.

Zakaria was the sixth man out and his dismissal, caught by Simondeep Singh off Miten Khatri in the 19th over, at 137-6 meant Kuwait

were bundled out for 142 runs in 22.4 overs. Miten Khatri grabbed four

while Kinchit and Amandeep took two wickets each for Hong Kong.

At Pulchowk, Malaysia scored a massive 246-9 and bowled out Thailand for a paltry 71 runs in 25.1 overs. Man-of-the-match Syahadat Ramli struck a quickfire 62 off 52 balls with eight hits to the fence. Razlan Zalati (36), Ahmad Jajudin (34), Amirul Hussin (27) and Mt Fetri Sham (25) also contributed to help

post a mammoth total. Kushal Shah took

three wickets and Siddhanthan Vardhamanan claimed two wickets for Thailand.

Witsanvkorn Taptimthaz top scored for Thailand with 15 runs while the only other batsman to score in double figures was Nikhum Puttakho (10). Nik Nabil and Fetri Sham bagged three wickets apiece for Malaysia.