The equation was pretty simple for Afghanistan. Win against Nepal, and they were ACC Premier League Champions, irrespective of results elsewhere. And it shouldn't have been as easy as it was against a Nepal side that beat a much stronger Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 earlier this year.

Put into bat by Nepal captain Paras Khadka, Afghanistan started their innings with a 98 run partnership between Noor Ali Zadran and Usman Ghani. The two were dismissed in reasonably quick succession, scoring 43 and 51 respectively.

The middle order took the score to 235-5, with Hashmatullah Shaidi also scoring 51. His wicket seemed to put hopes of a big final five overs to rest though, and Afghanistan were bowled out for 262. Shakti Gauchan and Basant Regmi both took three wickets.

Nepal struggled in reply, and were 56-5 - with Dawlat Zadran having taken four wickets - when the rain came down, driving the players from the field after the 17th over. With the rain coming down heavily and a thunderstorm starting, prospects for play resuming looked bleak.

The rain did stop though, and the excellent drainage at the Kinrara Academy Oval meant that play would be able to resume quite quickly. Whilst waiting for play to resume, news came through that the UAE had beaten Oman, meaning that the winners of this game would be the winners of the ACC Premier League.

The Duckworth Lewis calculation gave Nepal a target of 237 in 32 overs, needing an unlikely 181 in 15 overs. They did manage to bat out those overs, but could only score 128-9, losing by 108 runs.

In the other matches today, UAE beat Oman by 57 runs in a low scoring game at the Bayuemas Oval. They scored 162 after being put into bat, but bowled out Oman for just 105. Hong Kong were finally able to win their first game of the tournament, beating Malaysia by four wickets at the Selangor Turf Club. The result was enough to lift their NRR above that of Malaysia and ensure that Malaysia would be relegated to the Elite Division.

The top four teams from this tournament - Afghanistan, Nepal, UAE and Oman - will now play in the ACC Championship in December. The event, at a venue still to be decided, will see the teams play two-day matches against each other.


Afghanistan beat Nepal by 108 runs (D/L)
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 7 May
Afghanistan 262 (49.3 overs, Usman Ghani 51, Hashmatullah Shaidi 51, Noor Ali Zadran 43, S Gauchan 3-39, B Regmi 3-45)
Nepal 128-9 (32 overs, target 237, Dawlat Zadran 4-26)

UAE beat Oman by 57 runs
Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 7 May
UAE 162 (38.4 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 50, M Ansari 4-43)
Oman 105 (38 overs, Fayyaz Ahmed 3-14, Kamran Shahzad 3-27)

Malaysia lost to Hong Kong by 4 wickets
Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur , 7 May
Malaysia 184 (46.5 overs, Hammadullah Khan 38, Khizar Hayat 37, Nadeem Ahmed 3-28)
Hong Kong 186-6 (42.1 overs, Babar Hayat 45, Waqs Barkat 44, Nizakat Khan 37)