<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Hong-Kong" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> are seven wickets away from victory heading into the final day of their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ICC-Intercontinental-Cup" target="_blank">ICC Intercontinental Cup</a> clash against The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Netherlands" target="_blank">Netherlands</a> at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground. Anshuman Rath backed up his unbeaten 98 with a sublime 88 in the second innings as Hong Kong declared at 263-6 to set The Netherlands a sizable 507 to win. The Dutch were 48-2 at stumps, still 459 runs adrift of their target and with Timm Van Der Gugten unable to bat due to a shoulder injury. Earlier, Netherlands resumed their first innings 216-5 but were dismissed within the opening session for 284. Rath continued his incredible individual game by taking 2-18 with his left-arm spin. <strong><a title="ICC Intercontinental Cup: Babar Hayat scores ton as HK dominate NED" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-intercontinental-cup-babar-hayat-scores-ton-as-hong-kong-dominate-netherlands-574974">ICC Intercontinental Cup: Babar Hayat scores ton as HK dominate NED</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Quick runs were in order for Hong Kong to set the Dutch a target and Chris Carter (35), Nizakat Khan (32) and Babar Hayat (31) layed a strong platform. That allowed the in-form Rath to play with freedom and he delivered a 101-ball 88 that included 5 fours and 2 sixes. When the declaration finally came, Netherlands had to see out a minimum 116 overs to save the game. And it didn t start well with Tanwir Afzal getting the edge of Stephan Myburgh in the first over in the innings, just as he d done in the first. <p></p> <p></p>The Netherlands endeavoured to bunker down with the total outside a realistic range and it wasn t until the final 20 minutes in the day when Ehsan Nawaz picked up the vital second breakthrough of Max O Dowd for 22. Ben Cooper (19*) and Wesley Barresi (5*) will resume on day four. We are in a very strong position and another dominant display with the bat with Anshy playing a solid role and showing what a mature player he is at just 19, said Hong Kong coach Simon Cook. <p></p> <p></p> The sky is the limit for him really, he s got limits in his technique but he s worked on those areas and with his tactical nouse it makes him a very effective and efficient cricketer in all situations. I m hugely pleased and the consistency shows on these flat wickets where you can t just get back into the game with a turning wicket or low scores where your bowlers don t have to be disciplined to get rewards. It s been a very encouraging three days. I think the seamers hold the key on this pitch, there s not much assistance for spin but there is significant uneven bounce if you can bowl stump to stump.