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World T20, Afghanistan vs Hong Kong: as it happened


Cricketnext Staff
Mar 18, 2014 at 07:14pm IST

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World T20, Afghanistan vs Hong Kong: as it happened

File photo of Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran. (AFP Photo)

Hong Kong: W Barkat, I Ahmed, J Atkinson, M Chapman, B Hayat, N Khan, M Dar, T Afzal, A Khan, H Amjad, N Ahmed

Afghanistan: M Shahzad, N Tarakai, A Stanikzai, S Shafiq, N Zadran, M Nabi, S Shenwari, G Naib, H Hotak, D Zadran, S Zadran

Commentary (Afghanistan 1st Innings)

Mohammad Shahzad is named the Man of the Match for his blistering knock. That is all from this game but don't go too far, we have the second game for the day coming up real quick. The hosts Bangladesh take on Nepal. Stay tuned!

Afghanistan stay alive then! They beat Hong Kong in a fairly comfortable manner to keep their chances of qualifying in the Super 10s alive. They need to thank Hong Kong as well for some shoddy fielding. Afghanistan, thanks to Moahmmad Shahzad and a late flourish from Shafiqullah cruised home by 7 wickets.

Maiden T20I fifty for Shafiqullah.

17.6 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, FOUR! There's the game and a fifty as well! Picks up this slower ball on a length and just sweeps it past deep square leg for a boundary. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS. 154/3

17.5 H Amjad to M Nabi, Full on off, pushed down to long off for one. 150/3

17.4 H Amjad to M Nabi, Back of a length on middle, Nabi stays back and taps it to short mid-wicket. 149/3

17.3 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 149/3

17.2 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, FOUR! Ah brilliant! A low full toss, Shafiqullah suhffles across and paddles it past short fine leg, the ball goes into the fence, just 6 needed now. 148/3

17.1 H Amjad to M Nabi, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 144/3

16.6 A Khan to Shafiqullah, SIX! Magnificent! Shafiqullah is winning this for Afghanistan! Stays still and launches this length ball over mid-wicket for the third biggie off the over, 24 runs from it. 143/3

16.5 A Khan to M Nabi, NOT OUT! A good length ball on middle and leg, Nabi flicks it down to fine leg and completes a couple but Shafiqullah wants a third and charges back for it, has to dive in to make his ground. The umpire takes it upstairs for a referral but the dive keeps him alive. 137/3

16.4 A Khan to Shafiqullah, Taps it on the off side for a single. 134/3

16.3 A Khan to Shafiqullah, SIX! Here's another one! Short again on middle, Shafiqullah stays back and just heaves it over mid-wicket for another biggie. 133/3

16.2 A Khan to Shafiqullah, Looks to pull it but gets a top edge to fine leg for a couple of runs. 127/3

16.1 A Khan to Shafiqullah, SIX! Clobbered! A friendly full toss on middle, Shafiqullah stays back and whacks it over wide mid on for a maximum. 125/3

15.6 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, A low full toss on middle, Shafiqullah bunts it down the ground for a single. 35 NEEDED OFF 24 BALLS. 119/3

15.5 H Amjad to M Nabi, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 118/3

15.4 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 117/3

MOHAMMAD NABI is the new man in.

15.3 H Amjad to M Shahzad, OUT! Well well well! Is that the catch of the tournament? A slower ball on off, Shahzad slinks down the track and goes up and over cover, he times it well, probably a bit too well for his liking, the ball dies down just before it is snapped up by Irfan Ahmed who dives to his right low down and takes a ripper. A terrific catch to end a terrific knock from Shahzad. 116/3

15.2 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, On the pads, eased through mid-wicket for a single this time. 116/2

15.2 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, WIDE! Slides this down leg, wide called. 115/2

15.1 H Amjad to Shafiqullah, FOUR! Easy pickings! Full toss on the leg stump, Shafiqullah just helps it over square leg and collects a friendly boundary. 114/2

Amjad back on.

14.6 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, FOUR! Brutal! Short ball on offer, Shahzad uses his bat like a battering ram and just destroys the ball into the mid-wicket fence, that had some power in it. 44 NEEDED OFF 30. 110/2

14.5 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Driven towards the mid off region. 106/2

14.4 I Ahmed to Shafiqullah, Right up in the block-hole, drilled down the ground for a single. 106/2

14.3 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Total misjudgement! Hong Kong really need to work on their fielding, at the moment, it is downright ridiculous! Shahzad hacks across the line of this length ball, gets a leading edge down to third man who is in a limbo whether to go for the catch or not, does nothing in the end and the ball drops just in front of him. 105/2

14.2 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Backs away again but finds cover this time, a dot ball. 104/2

14.1 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Makes room and carves it over cover for a couple of runs. 104/2

Irfan Ahmed into the attack.

13.6 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, The batsman has lofted it over mid on. One run added to the total. 52 NEEDED OFF 36. 102/2

13.5 N Ahmed to Shafiqullah, The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 101/2

13.4 N Ahmed to Shafiqullah, FOUR! Sweeps and sweeps powerfully! Gets it past deep square leg for a boundary. 100/2

13.3 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 96/2

13.2 N Ahmed to Shafiqullah, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to deep extra cover for a single. 95/2

13.1 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, Chance? Shazad goes back deep and dabs it to short third man, charges for a single, the throw comes in at the bowler's end but hits Shahzad on the gloves as he attempted to complete the run, the players appeal for obstructing the field. The umpire refers it upstairs but no harm done. 94/2

12.6 A Khan to M Shahzad, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 93/2

12.5 A Khan to Shafiqullah, Tad short, pulled away for a single. 92/2

12.4 A Khan to Shafiqullah, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 91/2

12.3 A Khan to Shafiqullah, The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 91/2

12.2 A Khan to M Shahzad, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single. 91/2

12.1 A Khan to M Shahzad, SIX! Takes full toll of the free hit! And there comes the helicopter shot! He has modelled that on MS Dhoni and that would have done Dhoni himself proud. Just whips it with his powerful wrists over long on for a biggie. 90/2

12.1 A Khan to Shafiqullah, NO BALL! Oops! Khan oversteps and concedes an extra in the form of a no ball, Shafiqullah takes a single and the next ball will be a free hit. 84/2

5th T20I fifty for Mohammad Shahzad.

11.6 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, Flighted on middle, driven hard through mid on for a couple, gets to his fifty. 82/2

11.5 N Ahmed to Shafiqullah, LEG BYE! Darts in a length ball on off, the batsman is hit on the pads as he looked to work it off them, takes a leg bye nonetheless. 80/2

11.4 N Ahmed to Shafiqullah, FOUR! Constructive batting! Sits down to this very full ball down leg side and just paddles it into the fine leg fence. 79/2

11.3 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, Camps back and just whips it off his pads for one. 75/2

11.2 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, Flighted on a length on leg, Shahzad comes forward for a prod but is hit on the pad. 74/2

11.1 N Ahmed to M Shahzad, A slider on middle, Shahzad works this on the leg side cleverly for a couple. 74/2

Nadeem back on.

10.6 A Khan to Shafiqullah, Shafiqullah was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 72/2

10.5 A Khan to M Shahzad, Pulls another short ball down to long leg for one. 72/2

10.4 A Khan to Shafiqullah, Tad short on middle, pulls is down for a single. 71/2

10.3 A Khan to M Shahzad, Punched through the off side for a single. 70/2

10.2 A Khan to A Stanikzai, OUT! The madness is over! Stanikzai this time takes a page out of Shahzad's book and tries to go over long on, not his cup of tea though as he mistimes it straight down long on's throat where Babar Hayat makes no mistake. 69/2

10.1 A Khan to M Shahzad, Hangs back and just nudges it through mid-wicket for a single. 69/1

50-run stand up.

9.6 N Khan to M Shahzad, Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 68/1

9.6 N Khan to M Shahzad, FIVE WIDES! Khan under pressure! Fires a short and wide delivery that is miles down leg, the ball beats the keeper and goes into the fence. 67/1

9.5 N Khan to M Shahzad, SIX! Have some of that! Another flighted ball on middle, Shahzad this time goes a bit straighter over the bowler's head for another biggie. 62/1

9.4 N Khan to M Shahzad, Shahzad has driven it straight down the ground. 56/1

9.3 N Khan to M Shahzad, SIX! Out of the park! A loopy ball on middle, Shahzad's eyes light up on seeing the flight, whacks it over long on for a massive blow. 56/1

9.2 N Khan to M Shahzad, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 50/1

9.1 N Khan to A Stanikzai, Chips down and drills it right past mid on for one. 50/1

8.6 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Mistimes his booming drive down the ground just over mid off for a couple of runs. 49/1

8.5 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Has a wild swing across the line, not sure if he's watching the ball, misses it by miles. 47/1

8.4 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Looks to run it down again to third man but fails to make contact. 47/1

8.3 I Ahmed to A Stanikzai, Not that short on off, Stankzai plays a tame pull shot down to long on for a single. 47/1

8.2 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Now opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They have run through for a single. 46/1

8.1 I Ahmed to M Shahzad, Back of a length outside off, Shahzad fishes outside his off stump but gets nothing on it. 45/1

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