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    Ashraful leads B'desh into Asiad semis

    Bangladesh easily beat Malaysia by 70 runs to join Pakistan who is already into the semifinals.

    Guangzhou: Captain Mohammad Ashraful led Bangladesh to the Asian Games cricket semifinals with a comfortable 70-run victory over Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the Twenty20 competition.

    Bangladesh, which chose to bat first after winning the toss on Tuesday, made a decent 150 for seven from its 20 overs, with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun (39) and Ashraful (29) making useful contributions.

    Ashraful claimed three wickets for five runs with his gentle off-spinners as Malaysia was bowled out for 80 in 19.4 overs in reply.

    Hong Kong, Nepal and Maldives are vying for the remaining two quarterfinals places against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

    Pakistan was the first team to qualify for last four with a 128-run victory against China on Monday.