Singapore: Singapore amassed a One-day cricket record on Tuesday with a rollicking 440 for two off 50 overs as it trounced Thailand in the ACC Trophy tournament by 325 runs.
Man-of-the-match Kapila Mendis blazed his way to 191 off 139 balls, including 15 fours and nine sixes, while captain Zubin Shroff chimed in with a merry 159 from 127 balls with 16 fours and five sixes. Thailand was then bundled out for 115. The previous best recognised One-day score was 398 for five by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 1995-96, but Singapore's whirlwind onslaught was for nought with the side no longer in a position to make the semi-finals from Group 'B'. The two berths have already been secured by unbeaten Malaysia and Hong Kong, the runners up in the last ACC Trophy tournament two years ago. Defending champion United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed its semi-final berth from Group 'A' with a six-wicket win over Nepal, with the second spot to go to the winner of Wednesday's match between Nepal and Kuwait. Nepal, electing to bat first against UAE, was 159 for nine after 50 overs with Prakash Lunya not out 35 and Ahmad Nadeem, Mohammad Touqir and Khuram Khan taking two wickets apiece. Arshad Ali cracked 67 as UAE reached the target in the 45th over with the loss of four wickets. Kuwait strolled to an eight-wicket win against Oman. After dismissing the winless Oman for 66, Kuwait picked up the runs for the loss of only two wickets. Rakesh Sharma was the only Omani batsman to put up any resistance, finishing on 24 not out. For Kuwait, Zakar Hussain finished with three for 27, and with the bat Waheed Iqbal scored an unbeaten 36. In the semi-finals on Friday, defending champion United Arab Emirates will play Hong Kong, and Malaysia will play the winner of Wednesday's match between Nepal and Kuwait. The two sides, which make Sunday's final also qualify for the Asia Cup which involves regional big guns India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The 10-nation ACC Trophy draws the non-Test playing nations from Asia and the Middle East.
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