Hosts Bangladesh and regional powerhouse India moved into the semifinals of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup following comfortable victories over Nepal and Hong Kong respectively on Monday.

At the BKSP-4 Ground in Savar, Bangladesh registered a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Nepal to emerge champions of Group B with a hundred percent record.

Man of the Match: Nazmul Shanto (Bangladesh)
Man of the Match: Chinmay Sutar (India)

Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto scored an unbeaten half-century while opener Naim Sheikh added 45 runs as Bangladesh comfortably chased down a small target of 139 with 26 overs to spare.

Earlier, right-arm pacer Sumon Khan and leg-spinner Minhajul Abedin Afridi bagged three wickets each as the hosts skilled Nepal for 138 runs in 44.3 overs.

The Associate Member nation were in deep trouble at 85 for eight before a 50-run ninth-wicket stand added some respectability to the innings. Sompal Kami’s 38 was the top score for Nepal while skipper Gyanendra Malla’s 22 was the second highest of the innings.

In the other match of Group B at the BKSP-3 Ground, India registered a 120-run win over Hong Kong to finish second from the group with two wins and a defeat.

Electing to bat first, India lost opener Aryan Juyal for naught, but skipper BR Sharath kept scoring quick runs at the other end.

When Sharath was dismissed for 90 off 93 balls, India were in a spot of bother having lost five wickets for 164 runs inside 33 overs.

Chinmay Sutar and Shubham Sharma then took charge and put on an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 158 runs in quick time to help India post 322 for five.

Sutar remained unbeaten on 104 off just 85 balls, with his innings featuring 10 fours and three sixes while Shubham was not out for a 55-ball 65, having struck seven fours and two sixes. Off-spinner Kinchit Shah picked up three wickets for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s innings never got going as they kept losing wickets and were eventually bowled out for 202 in 47.3 overs. Shahid Wasif top-scored with 68 while Shubham, after his exploits with the bat, was successful with the ball too, picking up four wickets.

India will take on Group A champions Pakistan in the first semifinal on Wednesday while Bangladesh will square off against Group A runners-up Afghanistan in the second semifinal the following day.

Mon 18-Nov

India v Hong Kong at BKSP 4
India won the toss and chose to bat
India: 322 for 5 off 50 overs (B.Sharath 90, C.Sutar 104*, S.Sharma 65*; K.Shah 3-33)
Hong Kong: 202 all out off 47.3 overs (S.Wasif 68, E.Khan 36; S.Sharma 4-32)
Man of the Match: Chinmay Sutar (India)

Bangladesh v Nepal at BKSP 3
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 138 all out off 44.3 overs (S.Kami 38; S.Khan 3-29, S.Abedin 3-29)
Bangladesh: 140 for 2 off 24 overs (M.Sheikh 45, N.Shanto 59*)
Man of the Match: Nazmul Shanto (Bangladesh)


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Filed November 18th, 2019