The Asian qualifier for next year's Men's T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA got underway today in Nepal with wins for the hosts in addition to UAE, Oman and Hong Kong.
The home team took on Singapore in their first match, with the visitors choosing to bat first after they won the toss at the Tribhuvan University ground. Rohan Rangarajan top scored for them with 46 as they made 145-9 from their 20 overs. Kushal Bhurtel then scored 74 from 48 balls as Nepal completed an eight wicket win with 3.3 overs to spare.
Over at Mulpani, UAE captain Muhammad Waseem won the toss and chose to bowl first against Bahrain. After being 13-3 at one point Bahrain did well to post 135-6 from their 20 overs, Haider Butt scoring an unbeaten 59. UAE also recovered from three cheap wickets in their reply, going from 24-3 to winning by five wickets with ten balls to spare. Ali Naseer top scored with an unbeaten 48 from only 26 balls.
At the same ground in the afternoon Hong Kong were put into bat by Kuwait and scored 166-6 from their 20 overs with Martin Coetzee scoring 81 from just 48 balls. Kuwait were then kept to 150-8 from their 20 overs, losing by 16 runs.
At the TU ground in the afternoon, experienced Oman captain Zeeshan Maqsood chose to bat first after he won the toss and then led the run scoring with an unbeaten 56 as his team scored 153-6 from their 20 overs. Virandeep Singh scored an unbeaten 57 in the Malaysian reply but no other batter made a contribution of note and they were kept to 121-8, losing by 32 runs.
Play continues tomorrow in Nepal. In the morning Oman take on Singapore whilst Bahrain face off against Hong Kong. In the afternoon session Kuwait play the UAE while the hosts come up against Malaysia.