Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by six wickets by chasing down their target of 117. This is their second win the group and they now have to win against Zimbabwe on Saturday to secure a berth in the Super 10 of the tournament.
As it happened
# Afghanistan wobble in the end but hold their nerves to secure a six wicket win over Hong Kong. Saturday’s Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe to be a knockout for a place in the Super 10
# Afghanistan lose 2 more. 97/3 now
# Afghanistan going strong against Hong Kong. 85/1
# Hong Kong only manage 116/6 in their 20 overs against Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi says they will get over the line.
# Hong Kong are slowly batting their way through the innings. 97/5 after 17 overs
# Hong Kong are 70/4 against Afghanistan after 11.3 overs
# Hong Kong are currently 50/2 after 8 overs
# Nabi has struck twice to push back Hong Kong
# Hong Kong have made a slow start and are 18/0 after 3 overs
# Toss: Hong Kong win toss, and elect to bat against Afghanistan
The practice ground at the HPCA stadium, half-indoor, half outdoor, adjacent to the main entrance, is so tiny and enclosed that an entire squad of Ireland players and their retinue of support staff could give it a Sunday bazaar-like feel. Congested and claustrophobic, a mess of cricket kits splayed all over, water bottles lying asunder, instructions lost in the cacophonous bass of the leather balls being bludgeoned.
Opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad and captain Asghar Stanikzai smashed half-centuries as Afghanistan defeated Scotland by 14 runs in the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.