Asian Cricket Council Premier League: Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by 6 wickets
Shenwari was in fine form for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan beat Hong Kong with more than six overs to spare © Getty Images (File Photo)
May 1, 2014
Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by six wickets in the Asian Cricket Council Super League game held at Kaula Lumpur in Malaysia. Earlier, Afghanistan won the toss and put Hong Kong to bat first in Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong got off to a steady start after coming out to bat; Shawkat Ali and Irfan Ahmed opened the batting for them. Ali and Ahmed both showed good signs and hit Afghanistan’s strike bowler Shahpur Zadran for boundaries.
Going at a steady run rate Hong Kong reached 50 in the 10th over. But soon lost their opener Irfan Ahmed to debutant Usman Ghani after he mistimed the shot to mid-off. Shawkat Ali carried on scoring at a healthy rate.
Afghanistan chased down the target with more than six overs to spare. The key batsman was Ghani amassed a fine 70 for the Afghan setup. Samiullah Shenwari too played well for his knock of 43. Afghanistan is certainly a side to beat in the lower levels of the game.
Hong Kong 216 in 49.3 overs (Irfan Ahmed, Babar Hayat 54; Amir Hamza 3 for 30) lost to Afghanistan 218 for 4 in 43.1 overs (Usman Ghani 70; Nizakat Khan 1 for 30) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: Usman Ghani