Afghanistan dominate Asian Cricket Council Premier League

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A telling quartet of half-centuries afforded Afghanistan a comfortable 70-run triumph over the United Arab Emirates in Friday's high-scoring Asian Cricket Council Premier League fixture at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

A telling quartet of half-centuries afforded Afghanistan a comfortable 70-run triumph over the United Arab Emirates in Friday's high-scoring Asian Cricket Council Premier League fixture at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

Openers Noor Ali Zadran and Usman Ghani weighed in with a commanding 53 and 55 respectively, before the hard-hitting Samiullah Shenwari struck a cavalier 82 not out and captain Mohammad Nabi complemented with an authoritative 77.

Shenwari's innings was particularly destructive, spanning a mere 68 deliveries and featuring nine boundaries and two sixes in a final total of 302 for five in 50 overs. Spinners Khurram Khan and Ahmed Raza, meanwhile, shared four wickets.

The UAE's pursuit was built on the back of opening batsman Amjad Ali's ODI career-best 98. The Punjab-born left-hander gathered 11 boundaries and a solitary six before being dismissed by leg-spinner Rahmat Shah.

Ali lacked genuine support, though, as the chase slipped to a severly insufficient 232 all out in 43.2 overs. Shah completed figures of five for 32, but was not named Man of the Match. The accolade, instead, went to Nabi. Afghanistan had beaten Hong Kong by six wickets at the same venue 24 hours earlier.

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