Afghanistan Takes Asian Cricket Council Elite Group A Trophy

Afghanistan's national cricket team continued its recent wave of success by finishing on top of Group A in the Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy. The final victory came by beating Bahrain by seven runs in their match at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Asghar Stankzai scored 102 off 110 balls and Mohammad Nabi and Shafiqullah contributed half-centuries to lead Afghanistan to 293 for 9 in 50 overs. Bahrain used as many as eight bowlers all of whom picked up a wicket with the exception of Mirza Yaqoob. Opener Ashraf Mughal led Bahrain's chase, scoring a run-a-ball 81. However, they found it hard to recover from a top-order collapse that resulted in them slipping from 53 for 0 to 88 for 4. Abdul Waheed scored 51 off 55 balls at No. 8 to bring Bahrain close, but Afghanistan was able to hold a 7 run lead to the end.