All still to play for after penultimate round
It's hard to argue that the new six team format of the ACC Premier League hasn't been a success. The form book has been ripped up with all three ODI status teams losing to much lower ranked opponents, and going into the final day on Wednesday, any of three teams could still win the event.
Oman's unbeaten run in the tournament finally came to an end today when they lost to Afghanistan. Put into bat, the opening pair of Zeeshan Siddiqui and Zeeshan Maqsood put on 76 for the first wicket.
The rest of the Omani batting line-up didn't really do much until a 41 run partnership for the ninth wicket took them from 139-8 to 180-9. They were eventually bowled out for 186, Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari both taking three wickets.
The in-form Usman Ghani was dismissed for just 16 in this match, leaving his opening partner Noor Ali Zadran to provide the backbone to the Afghan run chase. He scored 67 before he was the fourth man out in the 30th over.
Another wicket was lost soon afterwards, but there were no more mistakes as Afghanistan wrapped up a five wicket win with 16 overs to spare.
Malaysia came down from the high of their win over Afghanistan yesterday with a comprehensive defeat by the UAE. Put into bat, only four of their batsmen were even able to make double figures as they were bundled out for just 158, Fayyaz Ahmed taking 3-12.
The UAE had little trouble in reply. Amjad Ali and Khurram Khan led the way initially, scoring 43 and 37 respectively. Shaiman Anwar then took over, smashing 53 from just 33 balls to wrap up a six wicket win just four balls past the halfway point of the UAE innings.
In the other game, Hong Kong lost their fourth match of the tournament, despite a century - the first of the tournament - from Irfan Ahmed. He scored 106 from 115 balls, but the next highest score for Hong Kong was Roy Lamsam's 18.
Nepal were cruising towards victory when their chase was interrupted by rain in the 28th over. Their target was reduced to 144 in 38 overs, and they managed it with 3.5 overs to spare to win by 7 wickets. Paras Khadka hit the winning runs, scoring an unbeaten 43.
Tomorrow will be a rest day, before Wednesday will decide the tournament winner. If Oman lose to the UAE, then the Afghanistan v Nepal match will become a decider, one which Afghanistan will certainly be hoping to win after they lost to Nepal during the World Twenty20. The other game of the day will be between Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Afghanistan beat Oman by 5 wickets
Malaysia lost to UAE by 6 wickets
Nepal beat Hong Kong by 7 wickets (D/L)
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