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    Afghanistan thrash Oman by 40 runs

    KABUL (PAN): Continuing their unbeaten run, Afghanistan thrashed Oman by 40 runs in their Asian Cricket Council Twenty-20 Cup match in Nepal, officials said on Sunday.

    Afghanistan won the toss and selected to bat first, national team manager, Shafiq Stanikzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone from Kathmandu.

    In the stipulated 20 overs, Afghans scored 117 runs. In response, Oman were bundled out for a paltry 77 runs, the manager said, expressing pleasure over the convincing win.

    Group A consists of Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman, Kuwait and the Maldives, while Group B features the fancied Nepal side along with Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia.

    The Afghanistan Cricket Board says the top two teams from the tournament will qualify for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Cup to be held in 2012.

    On the first days of the tournament, Afghanistan trounced Malaysia by 59 runs.