Afghanistan outclass Hong Kong for 2nd straight win
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Thursday handed a massive defeat to Hong Kong in their second ICC World Cup Twenty20 qualifier match in Nagpur and set up showdown with Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan, who beat Scotland in the opening match, outclassed Hong Kong by six wickets after restricting the rivals to 116 for six, the Afghanistan cricket board spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Farid Hotak said Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat first and set the Afghans 117 runs target which they achieved with 12 balls to spare.
Mohammad Nabi was the pick of the Afghan bowlers, taking four wickets while conceding 20 runs and restricting Hong Kong to a modest total. Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan took one wicket each.
Chasing the target, Mohammad Shehzad once again shone with the willow and contributed 41 important and Noor Ali Zadran made 35 runs. Mohammad Nabi Issakhel who made 17 runs was declared the man of the match.
Afghanistan, who earlier beat Scotland, next meet Zimbabwe, who have also beaten Scotland and Hong Kong, for a place in the Super 10s in a do-or-die match for both teams.
Only the winner in either qualifying group qualifies for the tournament proper beginning on March 15. Hong Kong and Scotland are already out the reckoning from Group B.
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