Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the warm-up match of the ICC World T20 2016 between Ireland and Hong Kong at Dharmasala. Both teams will play another warm-up match ahead of the mega event. Ireland will play Zimbabwe at the same venue on Saturday, while Hong Kong will play Himachal XI again at the same venue on Saturday. Ireland will begin their campaign in the qualifying round. They have been grouped along with Bangladesh, Netherlands and Oman. Hong Kong on the other hand have been grouped with Afghanistan, Scotland and Zimbabwe. The winner of Group A will play in Group 2 of the main tournament and the winner of Group B will play in Group 1 of the tournament. There will be a total of 10 teams, including two from the qualifiers playing in the main tournament.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Ireland 122/0 in 12.2 overs | Target 121 | BATTING: William Porterfield 75(36), Andy Balbirine 47(38): Ireland have won this match comprehensively by 10 wickets and with 46 balls remaining. Porterfield played a blinder; a knock of 75 off just 36 balls. He hit 10 boundaries and four sixes in his innings. Balbarine gave Porterfield good support at the other end. Balbarine carried his bat through the innings and scored a quick 47 from just 38 balls. He hit five fours and a six.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Ireland 44/0 in 6.1 overs | Target 121 | BATTING: William Porterfield 19(17), Andy Balbirine 25(20): Ireland, who are chasing a small total of 120, are off to a brilliant start. William Porterfield and Andy Balbirine are batting well in tandem. Both the batters have hit four boundaries each. Hong Kong have tried three bowlers— Ryan Campbell, Tanwir Afzal and Nadeem Ahmed without any success.

INNINGS BREAK

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Hong Kong 120/7 in 20 overs | BATTING: Mark Chapman 64(53), Aizaz Khan 13(10): Mark Chapman has played a top knock. He carried his bat through his innings of 64. He struck seven shots to the fence and a six. For Ireland, besides Murtagh’s two wickets early on in the match; Sorensen, Rankin and Andy McBrine took a wicket each.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Hong Kong 89/6 in 16.2 overs | BATTING: Mark Chapman 46(40), Tanwir Afzal 6(7): Ireland have bowled exceedingly well. Will Hong Kong go past 120? We will soon find out. The last batsman to get out was Kinchit. He got run out for six. Hong Kong need to post somewhere between 120 and 130 to give something to their bowlers to defend.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Hong Kong 64/5 in 10.5 overs | BATTING: Mark Chapman 31(25), Kinchit Shah 4(7): Hong Kong have lost two more wickets but the good thing for them is that Mark Chapman is still at the crease and is nearing his half century. Kinchit Shah is the new batsman. Nizakat Khan was cleaned up by Boyd Rankin for 18 whereas Anshuman Rath, who came next got run out for only two runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Hong Kong 38/3 in 5.1 overs | BATTING: Mark Chapman 18(10), Nizakat Khan 13(11): Hong Kong have lost three quick wickets early on in their innings. Ireland are bowling pretty well. Fast bowler Tim Murtagh took two wickets and Max Sorensen picked up one. Mark Chapman looks unperturbed even after seeing that Hong Kong are three-down within six overs. He has already struck two boundaries and a six in his innings.

Toss: Hong Kong win the toss and decide to bat first

It will be difficult for both sides to make it to the Super 10s as the competition is going to be intense. With regular Test playing nations like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe competing in the group stages, associate nations like Ireland will find it a tad tough to progress. Ireland are being led by William Porterfield, who has the experience of leading Ireland in big competitions. Hong Kong will be led by Babar Hayat, under whom they have shown promise in the recent times.

Both teams cannot afford to take this match lightly as they will have to get used to the pitch and conditions ahead of the tournament. Will be interesting to see as to which team adjusts properly.

Squads:

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (c), Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, James Atkinson, Tanwir Ahmed, Ryan Campbell, Waqas Barkat, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath, Waqas Khan, Kinchit Shah.