Afghanistan vs Hong Kong
Afghanistan win by 7 wickets
Afghanistan win by 7 wickets, a brilliant batting performance from them. They kept wickets in hand, Shahzad guided the innings in the beginning and then Shafiqullah finished things off with a quick 50. They win convincingly by 7 wickets.
Over 18 - Afg 154/3 (M Nabi 6, Shafiqullah 51)
Nabi is happy to take the single and give the strike to Shafiqullah. It was a good yorker from Amjad, but Shafiqullah paddles it away for four more through the leg side, then takes a single to bring the captain on strike. Nabi takes a single, Shafiqullah will face the last ball. Four, Afghanistan win by 7 wickets.
Over 17 - Afg 143/3 (M Nabi 4, Shafiqullah 42)
Four overs to go, Afghanistan need 35 runs and have 7 wickets in hand. Six, low full toss outside off, Shafiqullah powers it over long-on for a six. Then he pulls it to fine leg for a couple of runs, it was a top edge that went past short fine leg. Six more, Shafiqullah attacks Aizaz Khan again, he drags the ball from outside off over midwicket for another six. The required rate comes down from 9 to 6 per over. Nabi hits it through the deep square leg region for three runs. Six more, Shafiqullah hits the last ball out of the ground for a big six, 24 runs from the over, this has changed the game.
Over 16 - Afg 119/3 (M Nabi 1, Shafiqullah 21)
Shafiqullah starts the over from Amjad with a boundary, full toss and on his pads again, Shafiqullah hits it to deep square leg. Another wide down the leg side, the pressure is getting to Hong Kong. Shafiqullah takes a single to midwicket. WICKET! Shahzad falls, Irfan takes a brilliant catch, after all those dropped catches Hong Kong take a stunner. Shahzad falls for a well played 68, the captain walks out to bat. Three singles to end the over, nine runs from the over.
Over 15 - Afg 110/2 (Shahzad 68, Shafiqullah 14)
Irfan Ahmed comes back into the attack, Shahzad makes room for himself and hits it through to deep cover for a couple of runs. A couple of singles and another drop from Hong Kong, Shahzad hits it to third man and he misjudges it completely. Four, Shahzad gets the crucial boundary from the last ball making it 8 runs from the over.
Over 14 - Afg 102/2 (Shahzad 61, Shafiqullah 13)
Three singles from the first three balls and then Shafiqullah hits it from his pads for four to fine leg. The 100 comes up for Afghanistan, a couple more singles to end the over. Afghanistan need 52 more runs, from 36 balls.
Over 13 - Afg 93/2 (Shahzad 58, Shafiqullah 7)
A single from the first ball, it is a no ball from Aizaz Khan. Free hit for Shahzad and he hits it out of the park for a six, makes the most of the free hit, smashes it over wide long-on. A single as Shahzad pushes it to third man. A couple of singles to end the over, 61 more needed for a win.
Over 12 - Afg 82/2 (Shahzad 50, Shafiqullah 5)
Nadeem Ahmed comes into the attack, Shafiqullah is the new batsman, Shahzad takes a couple of runs through midwicket. Another single for Shahzad through midwicket, Shafiqullah on strike. Four, it was full and on the pads, Shafiqullah hits it for four through deep square leg. A couple of runs to end the over, 10 runs from the over and Shahzad gets to his 50. Afghanistan need 72 more runs to win.
Over 11 - Afg 72/2 (Shahzad 45, Shafiqullah 1)
Shahzad takes a single, WICKET! Stanikzai hits it towards long on but Hayat does well on the boundary, takes the catch and Hong Kong break a threatening stand. Three singles to end the over.
Over 10 - Afg 68/1 (Shahzad 42, Stanikzai 13)
Nizakat starts his second over, Stanikzai takes a single to bring up the 50 for Afghanistan. Six, Shahzad steps on the gas, moves on the leg side, creates room and hits this over long-on for a six. Another six, Shahzad clobbers this into the sight screen. Five wides, Nizakat bowls it down the leg side and the keeper misses it and it goes for four.
Over 9 - Afg 49/1 (Shahzad 29, Stanikzai 12)
The required rate goes over 9 per over. A dot to start the over and then Shahzad takes a single. Stanikzai pushes the ball to long-on for another single. The pressure mounting on Afghanistan. A couple of runs to end the over, the required rate goes over 9.5 per over.
Over 8 - Afg 45/1 (Shahzad 26, Stanikzai 11)
More spin from Hong Kong, Nizakat Khan comes into the attack. Stanikzai works the ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs. A couple more runs to Stanikzai, just four runs from the over.
Over 7 - Afg 41/1 (Shahzad 26, Stanikzai 7)
Irfan Ahmed comes into the attack, good over from him, just three singles from the over. Afghans need 113 runs from 13 overs to win.
Over 6 - Afg 38/1 (Shahzad 25, Stanikzai 5)
Stanikzai is happy to take the single and give the strike to Shahzad. A wide from Nadeem Ahmed, and then a couple of singles. Four runs from the over and Shahzad is dropped by Aizaz Khan at midwicket.
Over 5 - Afg 34/1 (Shahzad 24, Stanikzai 3)
Three singles to start the over, Afzal starts his third over. Shahzad goes for the pull but ends up hitting it through third man for four, smiles all round. Then he caresses the ball through cover for four more, this was a better shot from him.
Over 4 - Afg 23/1 (Shahzad 15, Stanikzai 1)
A couple of dots to start the over, Stanikzai goes for a quick single, and the batsmen are very lucky to stay not out. It was a suicide single, but the fielder misses. Four, Shahzad hits it through extra cover for four, good shot from him. Four more, Shahzad ends the over with another boundary, smashes it over mid-off.
Over 3 - Afg 14/1 (Shahzad 7, Stanikzai 0)
Afzal continues, Tarakai flicks it to deep square leg for a single. Shahzad takes another single and then Tarakai slices it over the bowler's head for four, not in control of that but still some useful runs for Afghanistan. WICKET! Afzal strikes, Tarakai hits it straight to deep midwicket and Nadeem Ahmed takes a good catch on the edge of the boundary. Stanikzai is the new man in. Six runs and the wicket from the over.
Over 2 - Afg 8/0 (Shahzad 6, Tarakai 2)
Amjad comes into the attack from the other end, Shahzad hits through cover point for four. A couple of singles to end the over, six runs from it.
Over 1 - Afg 2/0 (Shahzad 1, Tarakai 1)
Tarakai takes a single from the first ball, Afzal starts with the ball for Hong Kong, Tarakai runs it down to third man. Shahzad hits it to square leg for a single after playing a few dots.
Hong Kong 153 for 8
Hong Kong finish on 153 for 8 after their 20 overs, a few batsmen got starts but Afghanistan kept getting wickets at the right times to keep Hong Kong down to 153. It is a good score and Afghanistan will need to bat well to win this.
- 18th Mar 2014
- Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat.
- Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
- S Ravi, P R Reiffel
- TV Umpire
- R J Tucker
- Match Referee
- J Srinath
- Reserve Umpire
- A S Dar
afghanistan BATTING CARD
|N. Tarakai||c Ahmed b Afzal||7|
|M.S. Mohammadi||c Ahmed b Amjad||68|
|A.M. Stanikzai||c Hayat b Khan||13|
|S. Shafiq||Not out||51|
|M. Nabi||Not out||6|
|Extras||1nb, 7w, 1lb||9|
|Total||18.0 Overs||154 - 3|