Malaysians fall to UAE in the quarter-final of ACC Trophy

KUALA LUMPUR: Hosts Malaysia put themselves out of contention for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy with five run outs in their quarter-final yesterday against the United Arab Emirates. 

Batting first, the UAE looked vulnerable early on, losing three wickets for 68 runs before a steadying 77-run fifth wicket partnership helped the Arab team to a total of 267 all out. Top scorers were Sayod Maqsood with 83 and Asghar Ali with 54. 

Malaysian captain Suresh Navaratnam was the most damaging bowler, finishing with 4 wickets for 44 runs. 

Malaysian openers Rohan Selvaratnam and Rakesh Madhavan made a solid start before Rohan was out on 68 and Rakesh, on 40, suffered a similar fate with Suresh at the crease. 

Suresh managed only four runs before being caught out by rival skipper Khuram Khan; S. Retnam became the third run-out and S. Vickneswaran was stumped, leaving Malaysia struggling at five for 170. 

Sarath Jayawardhane powered to his half century before being run out on 51 and UAE completed the rout by running out Shukry Abd Rahim for a duck to win by 51 runs. 

In other quarter finals yesterday, Khalid Butt's 117-run opening knock led Kuwait to a 49-run win over Afghanistan, despite a mid-order batting collapse. 

Afghanistan, who are playing their first international tournament after two decades of war and were the sentimental favourites in the early rounds, never looked close to reaching the 243 runs needed for victory, and were bowled out for 193 in the 45th over. Naw Ros was top scorer with 63. 

Qatar upset more favoured Nepal, losing just six wickets and scoring the needed 165 runs in the 48th over after a lacklustre batting performance by the Himalayan nation. 

Bhutan were outclassed by Oman, losing their first four wickets for 57 runs, followed by five ducks. Oman needed less than five overs to score the 71 runs needed for victory, with no wickets lost. 

In today's semi-finals, Kuwait play the UAE and Qatar face Oman. The losers will play for third place tomorrow with the final on Tuesday. – AP 

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