Hong Kong beat Afghanistan in UAE T20 clash
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first and lost both openers within the first four overs. Captain Asghar Stanikzai then struck a counterattacking half century and he was supported by Sadiq (22) and Samiullah Shenwari (34) for a late surge.
Shafiqullah provided the required impetus late in the innings with a 16-ball 30 to lift Afghanistan to a score of 162 for 6.
Hong Kong began the chase slowly and soon lost one wicket in the third over, but managed to stitch substantial partnerships thereafter.
Tanwir Afzal blitzed a 22-ball 42, an innings that featured two fours and three sixes, to swing the momentum in Hong Kong's favour after they were stuttering at 89 for 4 in the 12th over.
Afzal and Nizakat added 55 for the fifth wicket in just 30 balls as the match drifted away from Afghanistan, and an equation of 24 off the last four overs was easily achieved in the end with two balls to spare. Karim Sadiq, Aftab Alam and Rokhan Barakzai picked up two wickets apiece.
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