Afghanistan dash Bahrain chances

BAHRAIN bowed out of the Asian Cricket Council Trophy losing to war-torn Afghanistan by eight wickets at the Kilat Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, according to the organisers website.
Batting first, Bahrain, sponsored by Al Ahli United Bank , were bundled out for 172 in 48 overs and Afghanistan coasted to their first victory in an international tournament in just 24.5 overs.

Bahrain began their Group 'C' campaign on a high note with a 24-run win over Hong Kong but then went down to Oman by four wickets in their second match and ended their campaign with a disastrous defeat at the hands of Afghanistan.

Afghan openers Karim Khan Sadiq (109, including 12 fours and three sixes) and Nowraz Mangal (60) slammed their more favoured rivals' pace attack around the field to notch up an opening stand of 136.

Sadiq, a 21-year-student from Kabul, scored a fine century before losing his wicket to a stumping when his side required just four runs for victory.

This is the first international cricket tournament Afghanistan has played in for years.

But despite the victory Afghanistan missed out on a place in the quarter-final knockout stage. Oman and Hong Kong advanced to the knock-out stage from Group 'C'.

The champion and runners-up in the tournament, which ends on June 22, will qualify for the ICC trophy to be held in Ireland in June next year.

Other quarter-final qualifiers are UAE and Qatar from Group A, Kuwait, and Malaysia from Group B and Nepal and Bhutan from Group D.

Other results:

Group A: Qatar 111 for 3 in 30.4 overs bt Singapore 108 all out in 30.4 overs by seven wickets. UAE 80 without loss in 10.5 overs bt Thailand 78 all out by 10 wickets.

Group B: Kuwait 164 for 2 in 28.3 overs bt Maldives 163 all out in 47.3 overs by eight wickets. Malaysia 268 for 7 bt Saudi Arabia 203 all out by 65 runs. Group C: Oman 185 all out bt Hong Kong 174 all out by 11 runs.

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