Rashid Khan    AFP
Rashid Khan AFP

Rashid Khan is ensuring Afghanistan’s cricket continues to flourish in a war-torn country. His 4-for reduced Hong Kong to 95 for 6 in the final leg of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, Day 1 at Mong Kok in Hong Kong. Mohammad Nabi and Dawlat Zadran provided able support by bagging wicket apiece. Afghanistan are comfortably placed at No. 2 in the points table and with this win they can topple their old allies Ireland. Meanwhile, Hong Kong who are the lingering at the bottom of the table, would need some magic potion if they want to end this tournament with pride.

Opting to bat, the Hong Kong openers Christopher Carter and Matt Stiller were off to a decent start. The duo stitched 21 runs for the opening wicket. However, within the 7th over Zadran inflicted the first breakthrough for Afghanistan. Skipper Babar Hayat provided some momentum to a rather one-sided game. Hayat not just scored 39 but also lifted the Hong Kong momentum building partnerships with Carter (22) and Nizakat Khan (41).

After Hayat was dismissed, Nizakat too fell in span of four overs. Rashid spun the batsmen in his web and Hong Kong kept losing wickets before lunch.

Brief scores:

Hong Kong 95 for 6 (Babar Hayat 39; Rashid Khan 4 for 48) vs Afghanistan