Malaysia defeated Hong Kong by three wickets to start their campaign on a winning note in the ACC Asia Cup Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
In other two matches of the day, United Arab Emirates outplayed Singapore by 215 runs and Oman overwhelmed Nepal by seven wickets.
The hosts, Malaysia came out as a surprising package against higher-ranked Hong Kong, who arrived in Malaysia three weeks earlier to judge the conditions.
Hong Kong faced stiff competition at a sun-bathed Kinrara Oval when they were bowled out for 161 in 46.4 overs with Pavandeep Singh, Syazrul Ezar Idrus and Suharril Fetri Shuib claiming three wickets each.
Malaysia lost early wickets while chasing but somehow reached the target in 43rd over with only three wickets in hand.
UAE, one of the favorites to win the qualifiers event, outclassed Singapore by 215 runs.
They made short work of Singapore to win by 215 runs despite a delayed start due to a wet outfield at the UKM Oval in Bangi.
Man-of-the-match Chirag Suri made 111 runs with the help of 12 fours and two sixes off 124 deliveries to lead UAE to 312-8 in a match reduced to 49 overs-a-side.
Ahmed Raza grabbed six wickets for 20 as Singapore were dismissed for 97 in 25.4 overs.
At the Bayuemas Oval in Klang, Oman chased Nepal’s total of 221-9 thanks to Khawar Ali who scored unbeaten 84.
It is pertinent to mention here that the winner of qualifying event will join Pakistan and India in group A of Asia Cup slated to start from September 15 at UAE.