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  • 2:14 PM IST
    Afghanistan 270/2, Batting: Asghar Stanikzai 58*, Rahmat Shah 34*, lead by 128: After adding 124 runs for the opening wicket, Ihsanullah was dismissed for 63. However, Ahmadi continued his run-spree gettin got his century. Ahmadi added a blistering partnership with Rahmat Shah of 76 runs for the second wicket until a mix-up cost Afghanistan a big wicket. Skipper Stanikzai is covering up for the deficit and has slammed a fifty already. Meanwhile, Rahmat has provided able support adding unbeaten 68 run stand for third wicket. The lead is already enough to keep Hong Kong at bay.

    What will be Hong Kong’s strategy for Day 2? Will it be wrap already from them?
  • 12:51 PM IST

    Afghanistan 111/0, Batting: Ihsanullah Janat 56, Javed Ahmadi 49, trailing by 31: Afghanistan have not dropped a wicket and Janat as well as Ahmadi have brought up a century stand. Janat in the process has got to his fifty. They need just 31 runs to take the lead. Ahmadi is also approaching fifty.

  • 12:19 PM IST

    Afghanistan 75/0, Batting: Mohammad Nabi 35, Ihsanullah Janat 34, trailing by 67: Nabi and Janat seem to be hammering Hong Kong bowlers with some boundaries galore. Before heading for tea the duo stitched a 50-run stand. Now it is soon progression to a century stand. The duo are also approaching their fifties. It is a do or die situation for Hong Kong after being bundled out cheaply.

  • 11:32 AM IST

    Afghanistan 32/0, Batting: Mohammad Nabi 16, Ihsanullah Janat 12. trailing by 110: Afghanistan seem to be cruising at the pace they are moving. No wickets lost so far and middle-order all-rounder has come to open the innings with Janat. Both have come good so far adding 32 runs. Hong Kong need a breakthrough here if they want to get over the Afghanistan dominance.

  • 10:47 AM IST

    Hong Kong 142 all-out, Batting: Waqas Barkat 23: Waqas Khan came good with the runs flowing from his willow. Those boundaries galore was much needed for Hong Kong. Along with him Waqas Barkat too joined the party and made the innings look easy. However, Rashid Khan was introduced back into the attack and removed the tail end to bundle out Hong Kong for 142 with a fifer to his name. It is now over the Afghanistan batsmen to build a good lead in order to win this tournament.

  • 10:01 AM IST

    Hong Kong 99/6, Batting: Waqas Khan 7, Waqas Barkat 0: Now Zahir Khan has joined the party as well. He gets a wicket too. Hong Kong have not even passed the 100-run mark and the wickets are tumbling one of the other like pack of cards. So Waqas Khan has now got the support of Waqas Barkat. Can they post par score on board?

  • 9:09 AM IST

    Hong Kong 95/6, Batting: Waqas Khan 3, Aizaz Khan 1: Rashid Khan is on a wicket taking spree. He ends with a 4-for before lunch. Ehsan Khan goes for nought. Hong Kong seems to find no respite and a steady partnership most importantly. Can Afghanistan post a huge lead and win the final game against Hong Kong?

  • 8:54 AM IST

    Hong Kong 92/5, Batting: Waqas Khan 1, Ehsan Khan: And just when we were thinking why Mohammad Nabi has not inflicted any pressure on the opposition, he bags his first wicket. Another big wicket for Afghanistan as Anshuman Rath goes for 2. It is now over to Ehsan Khan and Waqas Khan.

  • 8:47 AM IST

    Good Morning.

    Hong Kong 85/3, Batting: Anshuman Rath 0, Waqas Khan 0: Opting to bowl, Hong Kong are off to shaky start. They are four down already and three of them have been taken by the teen sensation, Rashid Khan. Mohammad Nabi is yet to taste a wicket. Afghanistan have got hold of the big fish Babar Hayat so far. Nizakat Khan, Christopher Carter, Matt Stiller are others who have been dismissed.
Afghanistan won their last game against Ireland in April 2017 © Getty Images
Afghanistan won their last game against Ireland in April 2017 © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to the live updates of ICC Intercontinental Cup. Afghanistan and Hong Kong play the final match of the tournament. We, at CricketCountry, will bring all the live updates of Day 1 as well as interesting posts from the social media space. Hong Kong will face transition from one-day to whites. They won the first game against Nepal while the second was abandoned due to rain. Now, Hong Kong are all set to host Afghanistan for a 4-day match, which will be the last one of the Intercontinental Cup that began in 2015. 

Afghanistan are at an advantage: they are placed second in the points table with 81 points, while Hong Kong linger at the bottom. Of the 5 matches played, Afghanistan have won 4 while they drew one against Scotland. Afghanistan will be itching to come good in this match, especially after gaining the Test status. The last match of the Intercontinental Cup played by Afghanistan was against Ireland at Greater Noida. Asghar Stanikzai shone with the bat scoring 245 while the stars Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi shared 11 wickets between them in the match. Prior to that, Afghanistan had thrashed Ireland in ODIs as well as T20Is by 5-2 and 3-0 respectively.

Hong Kong have managed just a win in this tournament. Where Hong Kong aim to end the tournament on a positive note, Afghanistan would hope to finish at the top.

Squads: 

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Izatullah Dawlatzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Nawroz Mangal, Sayed Shirzad, Shafiqullah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Nasir Jamal, Rahmat Shah, Shabir Noori, Yamin Ahmadzai

Hong Kong: Jamie Atkinson (c & wk), Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Irfan Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Adil Mehmood, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat, Haseeb Amjad, Roy Lamsam, Nadeem Ahmed, Skhawat Ali, Waqas Khan