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World T20: Afghanistan to clash with Zimbabwe after victory over Hong Kong

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:53 IST

There are days when the opposition plays so flawlessly that one can't do anything except simply applaud. It was one of those days for the Hong Kong cricket team.

After being restricted to only 117 by the Afghan bowlers, Hong Kong were steamrolled in the second innings by a comfortable batting performance from the Afghans. Ace opener Mohammad Shahzad top scored for Afghanistan with 41 off 40 balls and hitting some lofty sixes in the process.

His fellow opener Noor Ali Zadran was run out at 35 off 37 balls - a rarity in T20 cricket to have a strike rate of below 100.

Hong Kong picked up some crucial wickets towards the end which gave them hope of clawing back into the game, but it was all over when Najib hit the winning runs with 12 balls to spare.

Afghanistan will now meet Zimbabwe in a do or die match, the winner of which will qualify for the Super Tens stage of the tournament.

First published: 10 March 2016, 11:03 IST
 
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