Wednesday June 27, 2012
Cricketers crash to third straight defeat in ACC U-19 Asia Cup
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: It was a disappointing end to Malaysia’s campaign in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Asia Cup tournament as they crashed to their third straight defeat.
Pakistan chalked up their third win in Group A by thrashing Malaysia by 249 runs in the match played at the Selangor Turf Club.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first and they made 302 runs for four in 50 overs and restricted Malaysia to only 53 runs.
Pakistani bowler Mohammad Nawaz took 3 wickets for 9 runs, with Azizullah and Mir Hamzah taking 2 wickets each.
Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) set a target for national team to qualify for the semi-finals but they finished bottom of the group after three defeats.
Malaysia lost the first two matches against India by eight wickets and Nepal by 107 runs.
India, who lost to Pakistan by one run, have also qualified for the semi-finals by registering a convincing 81-runs win over Nepal.
Nepal won the toss and put India to bat first with 176 all out in 45.2 overs against Nepal’s 95 runs.
Pakistan will face Group B runners-up Afghanistan in the semi-finals tomorrow.
The other semi-finals match is between Sri Lanka against India on Friday.
Afghanistan upset Bangladesh by seven wickets in a match interrupted by rain. Bangladesh made 240 runs for nine in 50 overs against Afghanistan’s 233 for three.
Afghanistan finish second in Group B with two wins and a defeat.
Sri Lanka emerged Group B champions when they defeated Qatar by 87 runs to win their third consecutive match.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.
Sri Lanka were 124 for 2 in 26 overs when rain interrupted play and the score was revised to 188 in 26 overs.
Meanwhile, MCA have clarified that it was not their fault over the blunder of the opening day’s fixtures on June 24.
In the fixtures it was stated that Malaysia would face Pakistan in the opening match. Instead Malaysia played India on June 24. Apparently, the PR company handling the event had printed the fixtures wrongly.