Nepal posted a total of 95 runs after their batting wilted miserably against Hong Kong in a must-win match of the Asia Cup Qualifier in Malaysia on Tuesday.
Winning the toss and batting first, Nepali side were bowled out for a paltry 95 runs with only five batsmen reaching two-digit figure.
It was a brilliant day for Hong Kong bowlers as they ripped the Nepali batting line up with quick wickets. Ehsan Khan was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz Khan had two each.
Nepal have to win this match by a huge margin and hope for favorable results from other matches to secure their place in the final.
Nepal are fourth in the standings with just four points from as many matches. The combination of their big win should go hand in hand with Oman’s big-margin victory over United Arab Emirates (UAE) to have any realistic chance of making it to the final.
Oman currently lead the points table with seven points but their place in the final is not yet safe with all four teams still in the race. A defeat against the UAE and Hong Kong’s victory over Nepal, meanwhile, will throw both Nepal and Oman out of the final contention.
Only the winners of the final will make it to the Asia Cup slated for September 15-26 in the UAE. The winners will join India and Pakistan in Group ‘A’ of the Asia Cup. Group ‘B’ consists of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Only a big margin victory over Hong Kong and Oman’s thrashing of the UAE can possibly put them in the final to have a shot at the Asia Cup.
Source: Kathmandu Post.com