Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Asia Cup 2016 Qualifier, Match 5 between Afghanistan and Hong Kong at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium at Mirpur, Dhaka. Afghanistan registered a relatively easy win over Oman in their first match by three wickets and will look to carrying on their momentum on to this match as well. Their batsmen backed their bowlers’ efforts to ensure that they did not face any hiccups throughout the match. Hong Kong on the other hand lost their match to Oman by a narrow five-run margin under controversial circumstances. Babar Hayat was excellent as he struck a magnificent 60-ball 122, but could not get his team over the line. Full cricket scorecard: Afghanistan vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup T20 2016, Qualifiers, Match 5 at Mirpur

Live Cricket Score, Hong Kong 112 in 17.1 overs | TARGET 179 | BATTING: Adil Mehmood 0 (1): Hong Kong five more wickets. A team that was soaring high falls down with their innings. Aizaz Khan, Christopher Carter, Anshuman Rath, Tanwir Afzal all went for single digits and lasted for very few innings. Nadeem Ahmed and Adit Mehmood are on crease to bat. While Rashid Khan and Saw lat Zadran are bowling. Afghanistan looking to clean sweep Hong Kong to stand chance to go through the tournament. Hong Kong lose another wicket of Tanveer Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed wrapping the innings for Hong Kong. OUT! Tanveer Ahmed lbw b Dawlat Zadran 0 (2), OUT! Nadeem Ahmed lbw b Rashid Khan 2 (5)

Live Cricket Score, Hong Kong 97/4 in 13 overs | TARGET 179 | BATTING: Anshuman Rath 37 (34), Tanwir Afzal 1 (2): Hong Kong are crumbling with two wickets down now. Afghanistan are now gaining control over the match. Anshuman Rath is still on crease. Barbar Hayat was out and new batsman Nizakat Khan also got out by Mohammad Nabi and Shapoor Zadran. Shapoor Zadran finally gets a wicket. Tanwir Afzal has come to bat for Hong Kong. 13th over in process. Just two runs from that over and this is what Afghanistan were looking for. OUT! Nizakat Khan Mohammad Shahzad b Shapoor Zadran 1 (4), OUT! Mark Chapman c Gulbadin Naib b Mohammad Nabi 2 (3), OUT! Babar Hayat c Samiullah Shenwari b Mohammad Nabi 18 (!6)

Live Cricket Score, Hong Kong 76/1 in 9 overs | TARGET 179 | BATTING: Anshuman Rath 22 (23), Babar Hayat 17 (12): Hong Kong are chasing well and have the potential to win this game. While Afghanistan have got a breakthrough of Kinchit Shah out for 29 and grabbed by Mohammad Nabi. Afghanistan and Hong Kong look very strong at the moment, but Hong Kong have an upper hand with 9 wickets remaining. 9th over in process and Rashid Khan is bowling. Babar Hayat is batsman who has come in. Last spell to go and no run. OUT! Kinchit Shah lbw b Mohammad Nabi 29 (19)

Live Cricket Score, Hong Kong 33/0 in 4 overs | TARGET 179 | BATTING: Kinchit Shah 15 (12), Anshuman Rath 13 (12): Hong Kong begin their innings and are already cruising through it with Kinchit Shah and Anshuman Rath opening the innings for Hong Kong Shapoor Zadran opened the attack for Afghanistan. Afghanistan are giving away expensive overs away and Hong Kong are already 33 runs up. Daw Lat Zadran is bowling the 4th over and two boundaries already from that over and a wide. 10 runs from that over.

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 178/7 in 20 overs | BATTING: Najibullah Zadran 60 (35), Samiullah Shenwari 3 (2): Dawlat Zadran did go for a huge six but got run out in the last ball of 19th over. Last over begins and Samiullah Shenwari is the new batsman who at the strikers end. Just 8 runs from that last over and a perfect score posted by Afghanistan of 178. Najibullah remains the star for Afghanistan for his innings as well as the highest run scorer for Afghanistan. Aizaz Khan from Hong Kong took three wickets but yet Afghanistan were unstoppable. OUT! Dawlat Zadran run out 13 (4)

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 170/6 in 19 overs | BATTING: Najibullah Zadran 55 (31), Dawlat Zadran 13 (4): Asghar Ztanikzai could not stay longer and was out for 49. Aizaz Khan came in at 17th over and got two wickets Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi. Just when Afghanistan were roaring high, Hong Kong came in stronger with their attack and got three wickets in death overs. Dawalt Zadran and Najibullah Zadran are playing on crease. And very comfortably Najibullah Zadran scores his half-century by mere 31 balls. He goes for two huge sixes in the 19th over. Aizaz Khan who took two wickets in the 17th over is now bowling the 19th over and have given away more than 13 runs. Afghanistan are already 160-plus. Aizaz Khan has given two wide balls already. The most expensive over so far with 23 runs with Dawlat Zadran going for 6 in the last ball. OUT! Gulbadin Naib c Babar Hayat b Aizaz Khan 0 (1), OUT! Mohammad Nabi c Anshuman Rath b Aizaz Khan 1 (3)

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 132/3 in 15 overs | BATTING: Asghar Stanikzai 49 (33), Karim Sadiq 33 (17): Another wicket goes down for Afghanistan and the flow of runs has slowed down. Though Hong Kong did give away 11 and 9 runs per over. Afghanistan do not seem to stop at the moment. They still have 6 overs to go and are moving at 9 per over. They aim to reach 150-plus on board with 7 wickets on hand. 15th over to begin and Nadeem Ahmed comes back into attack. Asghar Stanikzai is just two runs away from half-century and Najibullah Zadran is the new batsman and he is already scoring the big runs. This is turning to be an expensive over for Hong Kong with a boundary and huge six and a wide. OUT! Karim Sadiq c Babar Hayat b Aizaz Khan 10 (9)

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 83/2 in 10 overs | BATTING: Asghar Stanikzai 34 (21), Karim Sadiq 10 (8): Afghanistan are two wickets down now and Asghar Stanikzai is playing extremely well with huge sixes and boundaries in every over. Hong Kong are trying to get wickets but are unable to control the flow of runs. Noor Ali Zadran goes for 9 and now comes in Karim Sadiq. 10th over to be bowled. 10th over being bowled out and Nadeem Ahmed is bowling the same. Afghanistan are half way through Stanikzai and Sadiq exchanging strikes. OUT! Noor Ali Zadran c Nadeem Ahmed b Mark Chapman 9 (17)

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 36/1 in 5 overs | BATTING: Noor Ali Zadran 6 (12), Asghar Stanikzai 5 (4): Afghanistan are cruising through their innings with Mohammad Shahzad who was playing so well in his innings has gone out for 24 in mere 14 overs. Hong Kong has given away 9 and 12 runs in every over. 5th over is going on  and two boundaries in this over by Noor Ali Zadran. Asghar Stanikzai has come on crease to bat for Afghanistan. OUT! Mohammad Shahzad c Babar Hayat b Tanwir Afzal 24 (14)

Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan 1/0 in 1 overs | BATTING: Mohammad Shahzad 1 (2), Noor Ali Zadran 0 (4): Nadeem Ahmed will start the proceedings for Hong Kong. He has conceded just single run from this over and Afghanistan have Mohammad Shahzad and Noor Ali Zadran playing on crease. Mohammad Shahzad has got the start. Afghanistan looking for a win here and Hong Kong looking for win as well after two consecutive loss.

Hong Kong have won the toss and elect to field first

Gulbadin Naib was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers as he finished with figures of 2 for 24 in his four overs. He was supported well by fast bowler Dawlat Zadran, who was economical in his spell. Noor Ali Zadran was the star with the bat, scoring 63 off just 44 deliveries, to help Afghanistan chase down the target of 166 against Oman.

For Hong Kong, Nadeem Ahmed was brilliant with the ball in his spell of four overs against Oman, as he finished with 3 for 27. Nobody barring Hayat made any significant contribution to the team’s total and will have to step u with the bat significantly if they are to cause any sort of trouble to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan are firm favourites to make it to the group stages of the Asia Cup 2016 and a win against Hong Kong will go a long way in achieving that.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai(c), Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Usman Ghani, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Shapoor Zadran, Amir Hamza, Noor Ali Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Rokhan Barakzai.

Hong Kong: Tanvir Afzal (c), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter (wk), Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Adil Mehmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan.

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