In stark contrast to the ongoing Men's ODI World Cup where after almost four weeks no team has yet been eliminated from contention, after just two days of the Asian qualifier for next year's Men's T20 World Cup, two of the eight teams have already been eliminated from contention for the semi-finals.
Oman secured their semi-final place this morning at the Tribhuvan University ground, scoring 174-6 from their 20 overs against Singapore after being put in. Aqib Ilyas top scored with 63 from 35 balls and was one of six wicket-takers as Singapore were kept to 152-8 in reply, losing by 22 runs.
Nepal secured their place in the afternoon game at the same ground. Batting first after winning the toss, Malaysia scored 165-9 from their 20 overs, Syed Aziz top scoring with 68. Nepal then chased down their target in 18 overs to win by six wickets with Kushal Malla contributing 65 from only 35 balls.
Play in Group B took place in Mulpani, with Bahrain batting first against Hong Kong in the morning session after being put in. They were bowled out but not before scoring 146, Imran Ali making 62 of them. Abdul Majod then took 3-7 as Hong Kong were bowled out for 126, losing by 20 runs, the first time Hong Kong have lost to Bahrain since 2004.
In the afternoon Group B game, Kuwait found runs hard to come by against the UAE as they were restricted to just 88-8 from their 20 overs. UAE had little trouble chasing down their target, securing a five wicket win with 5.4 overs to spare.
Wednesday is a rest day in Nepal with play resuming on Thursday. In the crucial Group B games, Hong Kong take on UAE in the morning with Bahrain playing Kuwait in the afternoon. Group A will see Nepal face off against Oman in the morning and Malaysia coming up against old rivals Singapore in the afternoon.