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The 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier was a cricket tournament that was held in Malaysia from 29 August to 6 September 2018.[2] The event served as the qualifier for the 2018 Asia Cup.[3][4][5] The top two teams from the group stage met in the final, with the winner progressing to the 2018 Asia Cup.[6] The fixture between the United Arab Emirates and Nepal on 30 August 2018 was a One Day International (ODI) match.[7] It was the first time both sides had played each other in an ODI match, with the UAE going on to win the fixture by 78 runs.[8]

2018 Asia Cup Qualifier
Dates29 August–6 September 2018
Administrator(s)Asian Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International and Limited overs (50–over)
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and final
Host(s) Malaysia
Champions Hong Kong (1st title)
Participants6
Matches played16
Player of the seriesUnited Arab Emirates Ahmed Raza[1]
Most runsUnited Arab Emirates Ashfaq Ahmed (224)
Most wicketsUnited Arab Emirates Ahmed Raza (16)
2016

The United Arab Emirates finished top of the group stage with eight points. They were joined in the final by Hong Kong, who finished second with seven points, and a better net run rate than Oman, who also finished with seven points.[9][10] Hong Kong won the final, beating the UAE by two wickets, to qualify for the 2018 Asia Cup.[11][12] Hong Kong's captain, Anshuman Rath, said afterwards that "all the hard work that has gone in this tournament over the last couple of months really has paid off".[13]

Contents

SquadsEdit

The following teams and squads were selected to take part:[5]

  Hong Kong[14]   Malaysia[15]     Nepal[16]   Oman[17]   Singapore[18]   United Arab Emirates[19]

Prior to the tournament, Anshuman Rath replaced Babar Hayat as captain of Hong Kong.[20] Jhathavedh Subramanyan was ruled out of Hong Kong's squad with injury, and was replaced by Aftab Hussain.[21]

Points tableEdit

Team
P W L T NR Pts NRR Notes
  United Arab Emirates 5 4 1 0 0 8 +1.289 Advanced to the final
  Hong Kong (Q) 5 3 1 0 1 7 +1.530
  Oman 5 3 1 0 1 7 +0.583
    Nepal 5 2 3 0 0 4 –0.250
  Malaysia 5 1 4 0 0 2 –0.995
  Singapore 5 1 4 0 0 2 –2.175

FixturesEdit

Round 1Edit

29 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Hong Kong  
161 (46.4 overs)
v
  Malaysia
162/7 (42.5 overs)
Babar Hayat 58 (58)
Pavandeep Singh 3/13 (10 overs)
Shafiq Sharif 49 (63)
Nadeem Ahmed 4/25 (10 overs)
Malaysia won by 3 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Masudur Rahman (Ban)
Player of the match: Pavandeep Singh (HK)
  • Malaysia won the toss and elected to field.

29 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Nepal    
221/9 (50 overs)
v
  Oman
224/3 (48 overs)
Sagar Pun 83 (84)
Ajay Lalcheta 2/34 (10 overs)
Khawar Ali 84* (96)
Paras Khadka 1/24 (7 overs)
Oman won by 7 wickets
Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran
Umpires: Viswanadan Kalidas (Mas) and Sarika Prasad (Sin)
Player of the match: Khawar Ali (Oma)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

29 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates  
312/8 (49 overs)
v
  Singapore
97 (25.4 overs)
Chirag Suri 111 (124)
Amjad Mahboob 3/61 (10 overs)
Chetan Suryawanshi 51* (64)
Ahmed Raza 6/20 (8.4 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 215 runs
UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal (SL) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Chirag Suri (UAE)
  • Singapore won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 49 overs per side due to rain.

Round 2Edit

30 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates  
254/9 (50 overs)
v
    Nepal
176 (48.5 overs)
Chirag Suri 65 (91)
Sandeep Lamichhane 4/24 (10 overs)
Subash Khakurel 50 (97)
Ahmed Raza 4/37 (10 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 78 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal (SL) and Masudur Rahman (Ban)
Player of the match: Ahmed Raza (UAE)
  • Nepal won the toss and elected to field.
  • Sagar Pun (Nep) made his ODI debut.

30 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Singapore  
150 (41.2 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
154/5 (34.2 overs)
Abhiraj Singh 42 (71)
Nadeem Ahmed 4/30 (8.2 overs)
Kinchit Shah 47* (72)
Selladore Vijayakumar 3/27 (10 overs)
Hong Kong won by 5 wickets
Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Narayanan Sivan (Mas)
Player of the match: Nadeem Ahmed (HK)
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field.

30 August 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Malaysia  
198/8 (50 overs)
v
  Oman
199/8 (49.2 overs)
Virandeep Singh 74* (110)
Bilal Khan 3/28 (10 overs)
Ajay Lalcheta 44* (58)
Abdul Rashid 4/30 (10 overs)
Oman won by 2 wickets
UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Umpires: Buddhi Pradhan (Nep) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Ajay Lalcheta (Oma)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

Round 3Edit

1 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Singapore  
215/8 (50 overs)
v
  Oman
216/2 (26.4 overs)
Anish Paraam 77 (93)
Bilal Khan 4/40 (10 overs)
Aqib Ilyas 108 (71)
Manpreet Singh 1/23 (4 overs)
Oman won by 8 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Batumalai Ramani (Mas) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Aqib Ilyas (Oma)
  • Singapore won the toss and elected to bat.

1 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Nepal    
188/7 (30 overs)
v
  Malaysia
169/9 (30 overs)
Aarif Sheikh 64* (48)
Syazrul Idrus 3/27 (6 overs)
Syed Aziz 34 (25)
Basanta Regmi 3/36 (6 overs)
Nepal won by 19 runs
Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran
Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal (SL) and Sarika Prasad (Sin)
Player of the match: Dipendra Singh Airee (Nep)
  • Malaysia won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 30 overs per side due to rain.

1 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Hong Kong  
275/8 (49 overs)
v
  United Arab Emirates
93 (24.5 overs)
Babar Hayat 107 (105)
Rohan Mustafa 3/55 (10 overs)
Rohan Mustafa 33 (42)
Ehsan Khan 4/17 (6 overs)
Hong Kong won by 182 runs
UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Umpires: Viswanadan Kalidas (Mas) and Narayanan Sivan (Mas)
Player of the match: Babar Hayat (HK)
  • United Arab Emirates won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 49 overs per side due to rain.

Round 4Edit

2 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Oman  
183 (50 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
25/0 (5 overs)
Mohammad Nadeem 54 (93)
Ehsan Nawaz 4/39 (10 overs)
No result
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Masudur Rahman (Ban) and Narayanan Sivan (Mas)
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rain stopped play during Hong Kong's innings.

2 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Malaysia  
92 (31.1 overs)
v
  United Arab Emirates
93/2 (8.1 overs)
Sharvin Muniandy 16 (21)
Ahmed Raza 4/28 (10 overs)
Rohan Mustafa 38* (26)
Syed Aziz 2/35 (3 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 8 wickets
Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran
Umpires: Buddhi Pradhan (Nep) and Sarika Prasad (Sin)
Player of the match: Rohan Mustafa (UAE)
  • Malaysia won the toss and elected to bat.

2 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Singapore  
151 (42 overs)
v
    Nepal
152/6 (28.1 overs)
Chetan Suryawanshi 60 (88)
Lalit Rajbanshi 3/27 (9 overs)
Anil Sah 43 (32)
Selladore Vijayakumar 2/33 (8 overs)
Nepal won by 4 wickets
UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Batumalai Ramani (Mas)
Player of the match: Lalit Rajbanshi (Nep)
  • Singapore won the toss and elected to bat.

Round 5Edit

4 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Singapore  
276/9 (50 overs)
v
  Malaysia
247 (49.5 overs)
Anish Paraam 100 (95)
Syazrul Idrus 3/51 (7 overs)
Shafiq Sharif 93 (101)
Amjad Mahboob 5/49 (10 overs)
Singapore won by 29 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Anish Paraam (Sin)
  • Singapore won the toss and elected to bat.

4 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates  
208/8 (50 overs)
v
  Oman
195 (47.2 overs)
Rohan Mustafa 71 (104)
Zeeshan Maqsood 2/21 (5 overs)
Aqib Ilyas 43 (43)
Rohan Mustafa 2/31 (10 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 13 runs
Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran
Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal (SL) and Viswanadan Kalidas (Mas)
Player of the match: Rohan Mustafa (UAE)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

4 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
Nepal    
95 (37.5 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
96/7 (32.3 overs)
Aarif Sheikh 18 (53)
Ehsan Khan 4/15 (7.5 overs)
Anshuman Rath 52 (81)
Sandeep Lamichhane 5/27 (10 overs)
Hong Kong won by 3 wickets
UKM Cricket Oval, Bangi
Umpires: Batumalai Ramani (Mas) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Anshuman Rath (HK)
  • Nepal won the toss and elected to bat.

FinalEdit

6 September 2018
09:30
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates  
176/9 (24 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
179/8 (23.3 overs)
Ashfaq Ahmed 79 (51)
Aizaz Khan 5/28 (5 overs)
Nizakat Khan 38 (20)
Mohammad Naveed 2/47 (5 overs)
Hong Kong won by 2 wickets (DLS method)
Kinrara Academy Oval, Bandar Kinrara
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (Ind) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Aizaz Khan (HK)
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field.
  • Hong Kong were set a revised target of 179 runs from 24 overs due to rain.

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