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Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by 66 runs to stay alive

Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by 66 runs to stay alive

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Feb 22, 2016 - 19:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday beat Hong Kong by 66 runs in the fifth match of the Asia Cup qualifying group, keeping their qualification chances alive.

Afghanistan won the match thanks to an unbeaten half century from Najibullah Zadran and a four-wicket haul by Mohammad Nabi.  

Farid Hotak, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Hong Kong won the toss and opted to field.

Afghanistan scored 178 runs in 20 overs for the loss of seven wickets and set Hong Kong 179 runs target to chase.

Najib Zadran with 60 not out and Asghar Stanikzai with 49 runs emerged top-scorers for Afghanistan. Najibullah struck four sixes and three fours in his 35-ball knock.

In reply, the Hong Kong batting line up collapsed in the 18th over 66 runs short of the target, thanks to Mohammad Nabi’s four wickets haul. Nabi was declared the man of the match.

With the victory, Afghanistan stay alive in the competition and have improved their net run rate to +0.954 but will qualify for the main round only if the United Arab Emirates lose to Oman in their final match of the qualifying group.

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