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PublishDate: Wednesday, April 3, 201319:30

Afghans lift ACC T

Afghanistan, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain were placed in Group B, while Group A included Nepal, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Malaysia and Singapore.

Afghanistan lifted the Asian Cricket Council T20 Cup for the fourth time on Wednesday when they defeated hosts Nepal in the final, an official said.

Asked to bat first at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kathmandu, the hosts were restricted to 135 in the stipulated overs.

Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak said Afghan News Gulbadin Naik claimed two scalps, while Shahpur Zadran and Hamza Hotak captured one wicket each.

The national side rushed to the target in the 18th over for the loss of only three wickets, with Mohammad Nabi (38 not out), Karim Sadiq (32) and Gulbadin (43) sending the opposition on a leather hunt.

Gulbadin was declared the Man of the Match in the all-important encounter. It was the fourth AAC T20 title for Afghanistan, which also won the event in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

ACB Chairman Shahzada Masood, meanwhile, greeted the champions on bringing home the cup for a fourth time and showing the world their enormous talent.

Afghanistan, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain were placed in Group B, while Group A included Nepal, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Malaysia and Singapore.

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