Afghanistan vs Hong Kong Only T20I 2015 Article

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Babar Hayat, Tanvir Afzal stars as Hong Kong cruise four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the one-off Twenty20 international.

Hong Kong chased 166 for 6 (Tanvir Afzal 42, Babar Hayat 35, Karim Sadiq 2-20) Afghanistan scored 162 for 6 (Asghar Afghan 51, Samiullah Shinwari 34, Shafiqullah 30, Haseeb Amjad 1-27)

This match reported by ESPNcricinfo Staff (Third Part Reference Article from Espncricinfo)

Hong Kong cruised to a comfortable four-wicket win after chasing down 163 in the last over against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. Tanwir Afzal blitzed a 22-ball 42, an innings that featured two fours and three sixes, to swing the momentum in Hong Kong's favour after they were stuttering at 89 for 4 in the 12th over.

Hong Kong's chase began slowly and the team soon also lost Kinchit Shah in the third over for 2. Though they managed to stitch substantial partnerships thereafter through brisk contributions from Babar Hayat (35 off 18), Mark Chapman (22) and Nizakat Khan (26), frequent wickets meant Afghanistan were still in with a shot.

Afzal and Nizakat added 55 for the fifth wicket in just 30 balls as the match drifted away from Afghanistan, and an equation of 24 off the last four overs was easily achieved in the end with two balls to spare. Karim Sadiq, Aftab Alam and Rokhan Barakzai picked up two wickets apiece.

Earlier, Afghanistan lost both their openers within the first four overs after choosing to bat. Asghar Stanikzai (51) then struck a counterattacking half-century and combined with Sadiq (22) and Samiullah Shenwari (34) in stands of 34 and 63 respectively to set up a strong platform for a late surge. Shafiqullah provided the required impetus late in the innings with a 16-ball 30 to lift Afghanistan to a score of 162 for 6.