Cricket: Bangladesh spinner Nor torments Singapore

Anish Param

SINGAPORE - Leg-spinner Noor Hossain reduced Singapore from mediocrity to a muddle in the opening Group B match of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup at Kallang on Saturday.

And in the end, Bangladesh Under-23s walked all over the hosts with an eight-wicket triumph, boosted by Noor's four for 25 spell.

The Singapore batsmen's shoulders bulged, after choosing to bat, as they inched to 53-1 in the 50-over match with reasonable tallies of 19 and 15 by openers Andre de Lange and Chetan Surywanshi and No. 3 batsman Chaminda Ruwan (17).

But once Noor dismissed Ruwan, Singapore crumbled to 121 all out in 47.1 overs, with only Anish Param (37) standing up to the test.

Noor was ably supported by Taijul islam (2 for 19) and Sabbir Rahman (2-24) as it was only a matter of time before Test-nation Bangladesh wrapped up the match.

Opener Soumya Sarkar hit an unbeaten 65 and No. 3 batsman Mithun Ali knocked a fine 43 as Bangladesh raced to 122 for two in 26.4 overs.

Noor was adjudged Player of the Match for his bowling spell that took the wind out of Singapore's sails after a decent start.

Brief scores: Singapore 121 in 47.1 overs (A. Param 37; N. Hossain 4-25, T. Islam 2-19, S. Rahman 2-24). Bangladesh U-23s 122-2 in 26.4 overs (S. Sarkar 65 n.o., M. Ali 43).

In a Group A match at the SCC Padang, Afghanistan edged out gutsy Nepal by three runs on the Duckworth Lewis counting method.

Afghanistan scored 169 for nine in 50 overs with A. Stanikzai topscoring with 33.

Nepal replied with 157 in 45.3 overs, suffering five run outs, in match hit by rain and bad light, with the target set at 161.

Nepal's consolation was in B. Regni being awarded the Player of the Match for his 5-31 bowling spell.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 169-9 in 50 overs (M. Shahzad 22, N. Mangal 31, A. Stanikzai 33, G. Naib 30 n.o.; B. Regni 5-31). Nepal 157 in 45.3 overs (S. Khakurel 23, G. Malla 24, P. Khadka 60, S. Vesawkar 24; H. Hassan 2-22, M. Nabi 2-30).

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