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Final: Hong Kong Stun Afghans - Ball by Ball Commentary


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Welcome to sunny KOC Hubara, Hong Kong are playing Afghanistan in the ACC U-19 Elite Cup Final. They have been the best teams in the tournament so far and the game promises to be a cracker!

Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field

Temperature's in the high 20s and is a little humid. Could suit the swing bowlers of which Hong Kong has plenty.

Left-arm pace from Niaz from the City End

0.1 Niaz Ali to RHB Iqbal Maliki - on a length, batsman defends, no run

0.2 Niaz to Maliki. OUT! lbw playing back and he was absolutely plumb. Bit of inswing for Niaz and Hong Kong are off to A DREAM START.

Maliki b Niaz 0 (2balls)

0.3 Niaz to the Afghan Captain Shir Shirzai - on middle, played back to the bowler

0.4 Niaz to Shirzai - same ball, same result

0.5 Niaz to Shirzai - big appeal! Ball slamming into the pads, would have hit but pitched outside leg

0.6 Niaz to Shirzai - pitches on off on a length, played to point. No run

Right Arm medium from Aizaz Khan from the City End

Aizaz Khan to Zakiullah Zaki (RHB) promoted up the order after a series of excellent performances in the tournament so far

1.1 Aizaz to Zaki, SIX! Awesome start from the stocky man! Short-pitched and slammed over midwicket.

1.2 Aizaz to Zaki, right on target. Played back to the bowler.

1.3. Aizaz to Zaki, Zaki charges a half-pitcher, misses and the ball sails over the stumps. No run

1.4 Aizaz to Zaki, on middle on a length. No run

1.5 Aizaz to Zaki, fullish length, struck on the pad, big appeal. "Not out" says umpire Sena Nandaweera of Sri Lanka.

1.6 Aizaz to Zaki, FOUR! Flashing drive to a ball outside off stump. Zaki's in the mood to score runs!

End of over 2; Afghanistan 10-1

Niaz to continue

2.1 Niaz to Shirzai, 1 leg bye

2.2 Niaz to Zaki, middle stump ball played calmly to mid-on, 1 run

2.3 Niaz to Shirzai, played to mid-off, 1 run

2.4 Niaz to Shirzai, good ball right in the corridor of uncertainty, rattles the doors too, Shir plays uncertainly to mid-off. No run.

2.5 Niaz to Shirzai, Big appeal as Shirzai' s struck on the pad by an inswinger from the left-armer. "Not out" says umpire Nandaweera.

2.6 Niaz to Shirzai, played to mid-off. No run

Hong Kong really testing the Afghan batsmen here. Just a little movement in the air.

End of over 3: Afghanistan 12-1

3.1 Aizaz to Zaki, FOUR. Streaky! Top-edges a slash over slips. Zaki's leading a charmed life!

3.2 Aizaz to Zaki, OUT. Another cross-bat shot and this time he's pouched at mid-on, well caught by Aditya Kanthan running backwards at mid-on to take the ball head high. Big wicket and Hong Kong are cock-a-hoop

Afghanistan: 16-2 (Z.Zaki 15 c Aditya b Aizaz)

3.3 Aizaz to Shir, no run. Afghanistan will need him to play a really long innings now.

He's joined by Noor ul Haq - The Rock.

3.4 Aizaz to Shir, good ball, outside off, moving away. No run

3.5 Aizaz to Shir, good ball, played to cover

3.6 Aizaz to Shir, length ball, played to mid-off

End of over 4: Afghanistan: 16-2

4.1 Niaz (LMF) to (RHB) Noor, on leg-stump, played to square leg. No run

4.2 Niaz to Noor, 1 run, played between the bowler and mid-on

4.3 Niaz to Shir, length ball on off-stump, played to cover. No run

4.4 Niaz to Shir, ditto

4.5 Niaz to Shir, FOUR, top drive played straight past the bowler. Mid-off had no chance. Shir may just be settling in

4.6 Niaz to Shir, Forward. Defensively to a full-pitched delivery. No run.

End of over 5: Afghanistan 21-2 (Shir 4, Noor 1)

5. 1 Aizaz to Noor, defense to cover, no run

5.2 Aizaz to Noor, OUT. The Rock has gone. Tame dismissal, driven softly to short-extra cover, where Hong Kong's captain James Atkinson gleefuly buckets the catch.

Noor c Atkinson b Aizaz 1 (4 balls)

New batsman is left-hander Aimal Wafa, the hero of the semi-final against Nepal

5.3 Aizaz to Aimal, good ball to the lefty, equally well-played. No run

5.4 Aizaz to Amal, defense. Solid. No run

5.5 Aizaz to Amal, defense, back to the bowler. No run

5.6 Aizaz to Aimal, Aimal cuts, misses. Groans from the fielders

End of a good over. Maiden. Afghanistan after six overs: 21-2

Niaz Ali from the City End.

6.1 Niaz to Shir, no run

6.2 Niaz to Shir, more positive to cover this time. Still no run

6.3 Niaz to Shir, driven to mid-off. No run.

6.4 Niaz to Shir, slower ball. Savvy bowling, but Shir was up to it. Defends, and no run

6.5 Niaz to Shir, a play and a miss. Good contest building between the two here.

6.6 Niaz to Shir, OUT. Shir's the first to break and he hits a terrible shot straight to mid-on where Zuiad Khan pouches! Hong Kong well on top now.

Shir Shirzai c Zuiad b Niaz 4 (23 balls)

End of over 7: Afghanistan 21-3

Hong Kong, underdogs going into this match are well and truly hounding the Afghans now.

LHB Wafa and new batsman RHB Asghar Hotak

7.1 Aizaz to Asghar, no run, struck on the pads, going down leg

7.2 Aizaz to Asghar, no run, defended to mid on

7.3 Aizaz to Asghar, no run, good forward defense

7.4 Aizaz to Asghar, 1 run, rising ball guided down to third man

7.5 Aizaz to Aimal, batsman playes and misses a wide one outside off

7.6 Aizaz to Aimal, no run, played to cover

End of over 8: Afghanistan: 22-3

8.1 Niaz to Asghar, no run

8.2 Niaz to Asghar, 1 run, leg glance

8.3 Niaz to Aimal, no run

8.4 Niaz to Aimal, FOUR, on the pads and played elegantly to square leg. Good shot.

8.5 Niaz to Aimal, WIDE, first of the match

8.5 Niaz to Aimal, no run, comes forward, defends

8.6 Niaz to Aimal, no run, slower ball, defended

End of over 9: Afghanistan 28-3

9.1 Aizaz to Asghar, no run, leg-stump ball played to squar-leg

9.2 Aizaz to Asghar, no run, played to point

9.3 Aizaz to Asghar, 1 run, played between mid-on and mid-wicket

9.4 Aizaz to Aimal, no run, ball is left alone

9.5 Aizaz to Aimal, no run

9.6 Aizaz to Aimal, no run, again played to point

End of over 10: Afghanistan: 29-3

Niaz to continue from the City End. He's bowled his left-arm swing very well so far.

10.1 Niaz to Asghar, no run, length ball solidly defended, bat and pad together

10.2 Niaz to Asghar, on middle, played to mid-off

10.3 Niaz to Asghar, struck on the pad coming forward, BIG APPEAL, not out. Must have been close.

10.4 Niaz to Asghar, no run

10.5 Niaz to Asghar, no run, inside edge to square leg

10.6 Niaz to Asghar, no run, pushed to mid-off

MAIDEN

End of over 11: Afghanistan 29-3

11.1 Aizaz to Aimal, no run, play and miss outside off

11.2 Aizaz to Aimal, 1 run, playes sweetly through the off-side gap

11.3 Aizaz to Asghar, 1 run, leg-glance

11.4 Aizaz to Aimal, no run, played to mid-on

11.5 Aizaz to Aimal, driven firmly, stopped well by Aizaz in his flow-through, no run

11.6 Aizaz to Aimal, slower ball, no run, solid defense.

Aimal has plenty of strokes, but like in the semi-final vs Nepal, he's obviously intent on occupying the crease for as long as possible. No risk cricket from him but it's hard to say what the other Afghan batsmen will do.

End of over 12: Afghanistan 31-3

Quite a crowd of Afghan fans building here, seem to be 300 here already. The drums are banging, the flags ( a couple of huge ones) are waving but they're nowhere near as noisy as they can be. Afghanistan in trouble here against Hong Kong.

12.1 Niaz to Asghar, no run, pushed to cover

12.2 Niaz to Asghar, 1 run, flicked to fine leg

12.3 Niaz to Aimal, straight to square leg, no run

12.4 Niaz to Aimal, no run

12.5 Niaz to Aimal, to cover, no run

12.6 Niaz to Aimal, 1 run, cuts down to third man

End of over 13: Afghanistan 33-3

New Bowler: Slow-left armer Shakeel Haq with his specs and plenty of deception comes on from the Sea End

13.1 Shakeel to Aimal, left-arm spinner to left-arm spinner, no run

13.2 Shakeel to Aimal, defense again, no run

13.3 Shakeel to Aimal, FOUR, on the back-foot, sweetly timed through the off-side

13.4 Shakeel to Aimal, 1 run, played to mid-on

13.5 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, good leave to the bal spinning away from the right-hander

13.6 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, defensive push

End of over 14 overs: Afghanistan 38-3

Double bowling change. Irfan Ahmed (RMF) one of the players of the tournament comes on from the City End.

His partners have made the initial incision. Will he rip out the remaining batsmen?

14.1 Irfan to Aimal, close! Leading edge drops just short of cover, no run

14.2 Irfan to Aimal, outside edge this time, goes down to third man

Good fight building up. Both teams keen to win and they're playing good cricket. The crowd is building all the time and now the Afghan fans are massed on one side of the ground.

14.3 Irfan to Aimal, no run

14.4 Irfan to Aimal, short, pulled but not timed by Aimal. No run

14.5 Irfan to Aimal, FOUR, sweet flick over square-leg.

14.6 Irfan to Aimal, tries to repeat the shot, but this time square-leg gets to the ball and there's no run

End of over 15: Afghanistan: 42-3

15.1 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, defense, defense, defense

15.2 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, defended on the back foot

15.3 Shakeel to Asghar, no run

15.4 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, short mid-wicket picks up. Attacking fields for Shakeel.

15.5 overs Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, played off the back-foot to long on

15.6 Shakeel to Aimal, no run

After 16 overs: Afghanistan: 43-3

DRINKS BREAK

16.1 Irfan to Azhar, no run

16.2 Irfan to Asghar, short ball, no run, late on the pace

16.3 Irfan to Asghar, no run, straight to cover

16.4 Irfan to Asghar, to midwicket this time, no run

16.5 Irfan to Asghar, good bal, on a length and rising, well defended

16.6 Irfan to Asghar, pushed to square leg no run

17.1 Shakeel to Aimal, defended, no run
17.2 Shakeel to Aimal, defended, no run
17.3 Shakeel to Aimal, left alone, no run
17.4 Shakeel to Aimal, 1 run, played off the back foot to mid-off
17.5 Shakeel to Asghar, WIDE
17.5 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, cover stops
17.6 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, to square leg

End of over 18: Afghanistan 46-3


18.1 Irfan to Asghar, no run, hit to point
18.2 no run, defended
18.3 Irfan to Asghar, 1 run, short ball pulled to square leg
18.4 Irfan to Aimal, short, very fast This is one fast bowler
18.5 Irfan to Aimal, no run
18.6 Irfan to Aimal, WIDE
18.6 Irfan to Aimal, good ball, equally well played though

Hong Kong looking for one more wicket that'd really put them on top. Afghanistan fighting back hard with these two Aimal and Asghar. It's building up to be a great match. "Everything's going to plan so far," says Hong Kong's manager Tauseef Bukhari as he walks past the scorers.

19.1 Shakeel to Asghar, no run
19.2 Shakeel to Asghar, ditto
19.3 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, defending a spinning ball well
19.4 Shakeel to Asghar, on the back foot this time, no run
19.5 Shakeel to Asghar, forward defense this time, no run
19.6 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, played behind leg

After 20 overs: Afghanistan 49-3

20.1 Irfan to Asghar, no run
20.2 Irfan to Asghar, 1 run, glanced to fine leg
20.3 Irfan to Aimal, short, steered down to 3rd man, 1 run
20.4 Irfan to Asghar, firm drive, stopped by the bowler, no run
20.5 Irfan to Asghar, short, pulled for 1
20.6 Irfan to Aimal, no run

After 21 over Afghanistan are 52-3

21.1 Shakeel to Asghar, driven but well stopped in the covers
21.2 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, leg-glance
21.3 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, punched off the back-foot
21.4 Shakeel to Asghar, driven on the back foot, pinch a good single
21.5 Shakel to Aimal, no run
21.6 Shakeel to Aimal, played back to the bowler, no run

Hong Kong racing through the overs here, adding just a little more pressure on Afghanistan with every tight over.

After 22 overs: Afghanistan 55-3

New Bowler from the City End, right-arm medium from the City End
Nizakhat Khan (Legbreak bowler)

22.1 Nizakhat to Asghar, 1 run, played to long-on
22.2 Nizakhat to Aimal, no run, well bowled, just moving away off a length and Aimal's up to it
22.3 Nizakhat to Aimal, 2 runs, glanced to leg
22.4 Nizakhat to Aimal, play and a miss
22.5 Nizakhat to Aimal, no run, defended
22.6 Nizakhat to Aimal, played straight back to the bowler

End of over 23: Afghanistan 58-3

Afghanistan scoring at 2-and-a-half per over. They need to score at 5 an over from no won if they're to get up to 200. It's a belter of a wicket.

23.1 Shakeel to Asghar, no run
23.2 Shakeel to Asghar, struck on the pad, but pitching outside leg
23.3 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, solid forward defensive
23.4 Shakeel to Asghar, played off the hip for 1
23.5 Shakeel to Aimal, cut through point for 1
23.6 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, firm drive to long off

End of over 24: Afghanistan 61-3

24.1 Nizakat to Asghar, no run, well defended
24.2 Shakeel to Asghar no run, driven straight to cover
24.3 Nizakhat to Asghar, 1 run, driven through cover
24.4 Nizakhat to Aimal, no run, immaculate forward defensive
24.5 Nizakhat to Aimal, 1 run, driven to long on
24.6 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run, hit straight to point

After 25 overs: Afghanistan 61-3

25.1 Shakeel to Aimal, paddled to fine leg, no run
25.2 Shakeel to Aimal, ball pitches on off, keeps low, 2 byes
25.3 Shakeel to Aimal, left alone
25.4 Shakeel to Aimal, played off the back foot for 1
25.5 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, hit firmly to cover
25.6 Shakeel to Asghar, FOUR, sweep shot, fielders behind square had no chance

After 26 overs: Afghanistan 68-3

7 off that over

26.1 Nizakhat to Aimal , cut away for 1
26.2 Nizakhat to Asghar, FOUR, Asghar slams a full-toss through mid-wicket
26.3 Nizakhat to Asghar, when he pitches it, it really spins. Big-turning leggie, hit to cover for 1
Afghanistan's spinners will be looking forward to bowling on this wicket
26.4 Nizakhat to Aimal, no run, defended well
26.5 Nizakhat to Aimal, OUT, Aimal looking for the pul, ball stayed low, and he's bowled. Huge wicket.
Aimal Wafa 24 (62 balls, 3 fours)

FoW: 76-4 (26.5 overs) 55 run partnership

New batsman is Zard Ali who hasn't been seen much in this tournament so far. He may be the secret weapon!
In a team of all-rounders he's one of just two specialist batsmen.
Not too tall but looks all muscle

26.6 Nizakhat to Zard , off the mark straight away with a back-foot punch to long on

After 27 overs: Afghanistan 77-4

27.1 Shakeel to Zard (RHB), no run
27.2 Shakeel to Zard, no run, defended again
27.3 Shakeel to Zard, no run, cut to point
27.4 Shakeel to Zard, driven hard to the bowler, good stop, no run
27.5 Shakeel to Zard, 1 run, played to square leg
27.6 Shakeel to Asghar, driven straight for 1

28.1 Nizakhat to Asghar, leggie, no run
28.2 Nizakhat to Asghar, hit with the spin to point, 1 run
28.3 Nizakhat to Zard, 2 runs, driven sweetly with a flick of the wrist to square leg
28.4 Nizakhat to Zard, watchful defense
28.5 Nizakhat to Zard, leg-break left alone
28.6 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 29: Afghanistan 82-4

29.1 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, well-run
29.2 Shakeel to Zard, no run, cover stops a firm drive with a dive
29.3 Shakeel to Zard, 1 run, cover drive
29.4 Shakeel to Asghar, FOUR, smashed over cover off the front-foot Top shot
29.5 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, defended. That's the difference between the Afghans today and before. The batsmen in the old team philosophy would have gone for an even bigger shot.
29.6 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, glanced to fine leg

After 30 overs: Afghanistan 89-4

They'll need to go at 5.5 an over from now on to get to 200.

Hong Kong keeping things really tight here, but is the Afghan bomb ticking?

30.1 Nizakhat to Asghar, 1 run, swept against the spin
30.2 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, to point
30.3 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, solid in defense
30.4 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, pushed to cover
30.5 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, played back to the bowler
30.6 Nizakhat to Zard, 1 run, swept fine

End of over 31: Afghanistan 91-4

31.1 Asif to Asghar, 1 run, driven to midwicket
31.2 Shakeel to Asghar, 1 run, driven to long-off
31.3 Shakeel to Zard, 1 run, driven to long-off
31.4 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, driven back to the bowler
31.5 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, driven to cover
31.6 Shakeel to Asghar, no run, short extra intercepts

After 32 overs: Afghanistan 94-4

32.1 Nizakhat to Zard, 2 runs, cut through point, good shot. Looks light on his feet, this chap.
32.2 Nizakhat to Zard, 1 run, driven through to long-on
32.3 Nizakhat to Asghar, FOUR, cover-driven, top shot
32.4 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run
32.5 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run
32.6 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run, played to square leg

Good contest between the leg-spinner and the batsmen

7 off the over and after 33 overs Afghanistan: 101 - for 4

35.1 Asif to Asghar, 1 run, driven to midwicket
35.2 Asif to Zard, 1 run, length ball, straight-driven
35.3 Asif to Asghar, no run, same ball, drive stopped by the bowler this time
35.4 Asif to Asghar, 2 runs, big swing, fielder rusn round from mid-on
35.5 Asif to Asghar, no runs, well-played drive off the back-foot to a good-length delivery. Well fielded at cover too. Good cricket
35.6 Asif to Asghar, no run

36.1 Nizakhat to Asghar, 1 leg-bye
36.2 Nizakhat to Zard, 1 run, driven to long-on
36.3 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run, leg-break played off the back-foot, fielded well at cover
36.4 Nizakhat to Asghar, 1 run, driven through point
36.5 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, resolute defense
36.6 Nizakhat to Zard, big spinning leg-break, well left, no run

End of over 37 Afghanistan 117 for 4

Afghanistan will need more than 6 an over from now on if they're to get to 200. They still have their power-play so it's possible.

37.1 Asif to Asghar, 1 run, driven to long on
37.2 Asif to Zard, 1 run driven through cover
37.3 Asif to Asghar, FOUR, super leg-glance
37.4 Asif to Asghar, no run, collectsm
37.5 Asif to Asghar, 2 runs, flicked Greg Chappell-like to square leg. 50-partnertship. These two have batted well. Platform's set for a late-overs acceleration.
37.6 Asif to Asghar, no run

End of over 38: Afghanistan 125 for 4

38.1 Nizakhat to Zard, 1 run, fullish-length, driven to mid-wicket
38.2 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run, point tidies up
38.3 Nizakhat to Zard, play and a mis to a leg-break on a driving length, no run
38.4 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, point fields well
38.5 Nizakhat to Zard, 1 run, turned to square leg
38.6 Nizakhat to Zard, no run, point fields well

Nizakhat's ninth over in a row to Zard.

39.1 Zuiad to Asghar, 2 runs, flicked square
39.2 Zuiad to Asghar, 1 run, driven to long-on
39.3 Zuiad to Zard, 1 run, leg-glanced
39.4 Zuiad to Asghar, 1 run, dropping on a length, driven straight
39.5 Zuiad to Zard, WIDE
39.5 Zuiad to Zard, 1 leg-bye
39.6 Zuiad to Asghar, 1 run, pinched off cover!

40.1 Irfan to Asghar, 2 runs. zard ali is now charged up.
40.2 Irfan to Asghar, 1 run palyed straight to mid on
40.3 Irfan to Zard, 2 runs , misfeild at mid off. these both batsman are really quick between the wickets
40.4 Irfan to Zard, a swing and a miss . this guy has pace.
40.5 Irfan to Zard , WIDE , down the leg side
40.5 Irfan to Zard, 1 run , good shot on the front foot .straight to long on
40.6 Irfan to Asghar a wild swing and a miss

End of over Afghanistan 143/5

41.1 Nizakhat to Zard , 1 run , good single stolen
41.2 Nizakhat to Asghar, 2 runs, a good swing of the bat , the ball flies away to mid wicket.
41.3 Nizakhat to Asghar, no run, straight to mid on
41.4 Nizakhat to Asghar, 2 runs, another good shot
41.5 Nizakhat to Asghar, OUT, slower one, the batsman couldn't figure out the pace, inside edge and GONE!!!!
MURAD ALI is the new batsman in
41.6 Nizakhat to Murad, good shot for no run.

End of over Afghanistan 151/6

42.1 Irfan to Zard , charges the bowler but misses
42.2 Irfan to Zard, 1 run
42.3 Irfan to Murad , 1 run clinched from point
42.4 Irfan to Zard, short one , one for the over . let me tell you this guys got pace.
42.5 Irfan to Zard, 1 run good shot towards midoff.
42.6 Irfan to Murad, well played on the front foot for no run.

43.1 Niaz to Zard, 1 run, charges the bowler and hits over midwicket.
43.2 Niaz to Murad, 1 run
43.3 Niaz to Zard, 1 run, straight to long off .Aizaz the fielder.
43.4 Niaz to Murad, 1 run, again to long off
43.5 Niaz to Zard, 4 run, hit high in the air the fielder drops an easy chance and ball rolls over the boundary.
43.6 Niaz to Zard, 1 run

44.1 Irfan to Zard , 1 run played to mid wicket off a good length ball.
44.2 Irfan to Murad, swing and miss.
44.3 Irfan to Murad, another swing and a miss
44.4 Irfan to Murad, 1 run taken 4m point.
44.5 Irfan to Zard, short one and the batsman unable to pull
44.6 Irfan to Zard, swing and miss

45.1 Niaz to Murad, 1 run
45.2 Niaz to Zard, 2 runs, flicked towards fine leg.
45.3 Niaz to Zard, well played. Good forward defence.
45.4 Niaz to Zard, 1 run, cut towards point.
45.5 Niaz to Murad, 1 run,through covers . he really smashed it hard.
45.6 Niaz to Zard, straight drive. 1 run

46.1 Irfan to Zard, 4 runs good shot .This went like a tracer bullet..
46.2 Irfan to Zard, 1 run, leg glanced.
46.3 Irfan to Murad, a wild swing and miss.
46.4 Irfan to Murad, 1 run
46.5 Irfan to Zard, 4 runs. a misfield at square leg and then the fielder had no chance.
46.6 Irfan to Zard, 1 run

47.1 Asif to Zard, 4 runs. beautiful shot over covers . this also brings his fiifty.Well layed young man.
47.2 Asif to Zard, a wild swing and a miss. good tight bowling.
47.3 Asif to Zard , 4 runs. another one .one bounce over the fence.this guy is on fire.
47.4 Asif to Zard, 4 runs,what and elegant glance .
47.5 Asif to Zard, 4 runs a cheeky shot over fine leg.a misbah memory.
47.6 Asif to Zard, 1 run.

End of over Afghanistan

48.1 Aizaz to Zard , 1 run
48.2 Aizaz to Murad, 4 runs and its a no ball as well .so first free hiit of the match.
48.2 Aizaz to Murad, slower one, the batsman misses it completely.
48.3 Aizaz to Murad , no run missed again.
48.4 Aizaz to Murad , OUT , this time top edge .the keeper takes it easily.

JAVED is the new batsman in

48.5 Aizaz to Zard, another swing and a miss.
48.6 Aizaz to Zard 2 runs, cheeky shot.

49.1 Asif to Javed, WIDE ball.
49.1 Asif to Javed, 1 Legbye
49.2 Asif to Zard, BOWLED, trying some orthodox batting .GONE.
49.3 Asif to Hamza, STUMPED first ball. now it doesn't matter.
49.4 Asif to Azimullah, 1 run
49.5 Asif to Javed, slogs, gets two runs.
49.6 Asif to Javed SIX .what a finish to the innings

End of over after 50 overs and Afghanistan 215/9

HONG KONG INNINGS

It's now 38 degrees
Asgher Hotak to open the bowling, he'll be taking on Hong Kong's captain James Atkinson.

0.1 Asgher to Atkinson, no run, met with bat and pad
0.2 Asgher to Atkinson, outside off stump, no real danger
0.3 Asgher to Atkinson, APPEAL for a catch behind, but it was pat on pad making the sound, no run
0.4 Asgher to Atkinson, 2 runs, Hong Kong off the mark with a push to mid-on
0.5 Asgher to Atkinson, WIDE
0.5 Asgher to Atkinson, WIDE AGAIN
0.5 Asgher to Atkinson, no run
0.6 Asgher to Atkinson, no run, forward defense

End of over 1: Hong Kong 4-0

Mir Pirwani to bowl from the City End

Left-hander Shakeel Haq to face

1.1 Mir to Shakeel, no run
Two slips in place
All but fine leg and third man in the circle
1.2 Mir to Shakeel, no run
1.3 Mir to Shakeel, no run
Identical balls on off-stump, Shakeel with soft hands just dropping the ball at his feet
1.4 Mir to Shakeel, no run, DITTO
1.5 Mir to Shakeel, no run
1.6 Mir to Shakeel, no run, same all the way through

MAIDEN

2.1 Asgher to Atkinson, FOUR, driven through point, top shot.
2.2 Asgher to Atkinson, no run, defended
2.3 Asgher to Atkinson, 1 run, clipped square
2.4 Asgher to Shakeel, FOUR, edged but all along the ground to third man
2.5 Asgher to Shakeel, 1 bye
2.6 Asgher to Atkinson, no run

End of over 3: Afghanistan: 14 for 0

3.1 Mir to Shakeel, no run, same as the last over!
3.2 Mir to Shakeel, and again!
3.3 Mir to Shakeel, this one beats the batsman, lifting outside off
3.4 Mir to Shakeel, plays it chest-high in front of him
3.5 Mir to Shakeel, no run, defended
3.6 Mir to Shakeel, no run, pushed to the bowler, coming forward

MAIDEN

4.1 Asgher to Atkinson, one run, outside-edge along the ground to third man
4.2 Asgher to Shakeel, bat on ball but no run
4.3 Asgher to Shakeel, no run
4.4 Asgher to Shakeel, no run, turned to square
4.5 Asgher to Shakeel, no run, this one's faster and Shakeel shoulders arms to one outside off
4.6 Asgher to Shakeel, FOUR, right in the slot and a text-book drive through cover that beats two fielders
Top shot

5.1 Mir to Atkinson, FOUR, off-glanced down to third man
5.2 Mir to Atkinson, no run, defended off the back-foot
5.3 Mir to Atkinson, no run, same again
5.4 Mir to Atkinson, no run
5.5 Mir to Atkinson, no run
5.6 Mir to Atkinson, length ball pushed behind square, Shakeel tries to pinch a single, sent back and the throw is wide. Direct hit would have been close

End of over 6: Hong Kong 29-0 (Atkinson 16*, Shakeel 10*)

6.1 Asgher to Shakeel, no run

Delay for the crowd walking behind the sightscreen

6.2 Asgher to Shakeel, no run
6.3 Asgher to Shakeel, no run ...... Problem in server may you miss some overs

8.6 Asgher to Shakeel, no run

After 9 overs: Hong Kong 37-0 (Atkinson 24*, Shakeel 10*)
Bowler who replaced Mir from the City End last over was Hamza Hotak (SLA). A terrific bowler

9.1 Hamza to Atkinson, no run, spinning in
9.2 Hamza to Atkinson, no run
9.3 Hamza to Atkinson, no run spinning away this time
9.4 Hamza to Atkinson, no run
9.5 Hamza to Atkinson, FOUR, over-pitched and driven crisply to the long-on boundary
9.6 Hamza to Atkinson, 1 run, pushed past the bowler's right hand and a good single taken

End of over 10: Hong Kong 42-0 (Atkinson 29*, Shakeel 10*)
Leg-spinner Zakiullah Zaki comes on

10.1 Zaki to Atkinson, no run
10.2 Zaki to Atkinson, no run, drops on a length, Atkinson watchful
10.3 Zaki to Atkinson, 1 run, pushed to mid-on
10.4 Zaki to Shakeel, turned with the spin to square leg, Iqbal Maliki and Noor ul Haq converge to save the boundary, 2 runs
10.5 Zaki to Shakeel, no run
10.6 Zaki to Atkinson, no run

End of over 11: Hong Kong 52-0

11.1 Hamza to Atkinson, FOUR, driven through point, who misfields
11.2 Hamza to Atkinson, no run
11.3 Hamza to Shakeel, no run

11.4 Hamza to Shakeel, no run
11.5 Hamza to Shakeel, 2 runs, turned to square leg
11.6 Hamza to Shakeel, no run

12.1 Zaki to Atkinson, Big Appeal. but umpire Sena's not interested and actually has a word with Zaki and his captain to stop such fatuousness happening again
12.2 Zaki to Atkinson, no run
12.3 Zaki to Atkinson, no run
12.4 Zaki to Atkinson, WIDE
12.4 Zaki to Atkinson, one run
12.5 Zaki to Shakeel, FOUR, full toss driven to long-on
12.6 Zaki to Shakeel, three runs, glanced to leg

End of over 13: Hong Kong 63 for 0

We're back

Technical break. Back ASAP!

Hong Kong are 76 for 0 after 15.3 overs
Scoring at 5 an over and well up with the rate
15.4 Noor ul Haq (OB) to Shakeel no run
15.5 Noor to Shakeel, pitched on a length, Shakeel, forward then back, drives, right-elbow high back to the bowler, no run
15.6 Noor to Shakeel, no run

Hong Kong 77-0 after 16 overs

Hamza (SLA) has switched ends, now in from the Sea End
16.1 Hamza to Atkinson, no run, Shakeel scrambles back
16.2 Hamza to Atkinson, one run
16.3 Hamza to Shakeel, FOUR, driven through square leg, good shot
16.4 Hamza to Shakeel, no run
16.5 Hamza to Shakeel, no run

17.1 Noor (OB) to Atkinson (RHB), one run
The next five balls were all forward defensives and none produced any runs

18.1 Hamza to Atkinson, 1 run. driven to long off.
18.2 Hamza to Shakeel, 2 runs turns back, saves the boundary
18.3 Hamza to shakeel, 1 run driven to long on
18.4 Hamza to atkinson , 1 run. driven to long on
18.5 Hamza to Shakeel, pitches on a length .beats the batsman no run
18.6 Hamza to Shakeel, no run

End of over 19 Hong Kong 88(Atkinson 45*, Shakeel 34*)

19.1 Noor to Atkinson, lands on leg and middle .pushed to mid on no run.
19.2 Noor to Atkinson, flicked fine leg inside the circle . no run............... T. Problem.....

End of over 20 Hong Kong 89/0
Atkinson 48* Shakeel 37*
Hong Kong need 137 off 30 overs at 4.46 per over

Aimal wafa changes ends replacing Hamza at the sea end
20.1 Aimal to Atkinson, big crowd building Afghansall around the ground
20.2 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
20.3 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
20.4 Aimal to Atkinson, driven to long off 1 run
20.5 Aimal to Shakeel, no run
20.6 Aimal to Shakeel, no run

Atkinson 49*

21.1 Noor to Atkinson, one run - Atkinson's 50 generous crowd applauds.
21.2 Noor to Shakeel, no run
21.3 Noor to Shakeel, turned behind suare Mir feilds 2 runs
21.4 Noor to Shakeel, no run
21.5 Noor to Shakeel, no run
21.6 Noor to Shakeel, 1 run
Atkinson's 50 off 58 balls, 6 fours

We have 4 laptops in operation and at various times all or 3 of them are overheating!
It is 38 degrees out there. Tough on players and laptops

Technical break again! Back ASAP

100 partnership has just been reached.

25.1 Noor to Atkinson, no run................................Laptop 2 reporting for action

After 26 overs, Hong Kong are 106 for 0
They need 110 off 24 to win the ACC U-19 Elite Cup

26.1 Aimal to Atkinson, 1 run, driven to lon-off
26.2 Aimal to Shakeel. beaten and a big appeal , but he wa swell forward and Umpire Sena shakes his head
26.3 Aimal to Shakeel, FOUR, driven over long-on, two bounces into the ropes Shakeel on 49 now
26.4 Aimal to Shakeel, no run
26.5 Aimal to Shakeel, no run
26.6 Aimal to Shakeel, comes forward, scotches the spin and there's no run

The Afghan crowd, in their thousands now, is very quiet

27.1 Zaki to Atkinson, FOUR, flicked behind square
27.2 Zaki to Atkinson, no run
27.3 Zaki to Atkinson, WIDE
27.3 Zaki to Atkinson, one run, clipped past point
27.4 Zaki to Shakeel, no run
27.5 Zaki to Shakeel, no run
27.6 Zaki to Shakeel, one run, hat's a great 50 for Shakeel

End of over 28: Hong Kong 118-0
(Atkinson 62*, Shakeel 50*)

28.1 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
28.2 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
A faint cheer of 'Afghanistan Zindabad' rings round the ground
28.3 Aimal to Atkinson, one run, played fine
28.4 Aimal to Shakeel, no run
28.5 Aimal to Shakeel, no run
28.6 Aimal to Shakeel, one run

End of over 29: Hong Kong 120-0

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has arrived at the ground

New Bowler Zard Ali

29.1 Zard to Shakeel, WIDE
29.2 Zard to Shakeel, no run
Off-breaks from Zard
29.3 Zard to Shakeel, no run29.4 Zard to Shakeel, OUT, bowled him with a top-spinner,
Shakeel Haq 51 (104 balls, 6 fours)
New batsman is Nizakhat Khan/RHB
29.4 Zard to Nizakhat, no run
29.5 Zard to Nizakhat, no run

29.6 Zard to Nizakhat, no run

30.1 Hamza to Atkinson, 1 run
30.2 Hamza to Nizakat, 1 run driven through mid of confident shot
30.3 Hamza to Atkinson, beats him with a beauty, Murad asks for the stumping. Umpire Buddhi says not out
30.4 Hamza to Atkinson, pushed to mid on 1 run
30.5 Hamza to Nizakhat, no run
30.6 Hamza to Nizakhat, no run

32nd over- technical problem.....

Hong Kong manager Tauseef Bukhari: "Jamie's playing great. Shakeel played well. With confidence in all the batsmen, we can win this."

ACC President Ijaz Butt and ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq are also in the audience. Big crowd at Hubara now. Will they invade the pitch even if they don't win?

32.1 Hamza to Atkinson, 1 run played towards cover
32.2 Hamza to Nizakhat, no run
32.3 Hamza to Nizakhat, 1 run
32.4 Hamza to Atkinson, no run
32.5 Hamza to Atkinson, 4 runs, delicious late cut
32.6 Hamza to Atkinson, no run

End of over 137/1

Hong Kong running away this
What can Afghanistan do to peg them back?
Noor ul Haq - the Rock - comes back on
Hamza and Aimal the two left-arm spinners haven't been so effective today but it is an absolutely super batting-wicket

33.1 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, no run
33.2 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, no run
33.3 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, no run
33.4 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, no run
33.5 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, no run
33.6 Noor ul haq to Nizakhat, steered to square leg, one run

End of over 138/1

Hong Kong need 78 off 16 overs at just under 5 an over. It's theirs to win.

34.1 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run
34.2 Zaki to Nizakhat, square drive to point sweeper one run only ,
34.3 Zaki to Atkinson, sliced to backward point no run
34.4 Zaki to Atkinson, chopped to backward point nno run
34.5 Zaki to Atkinson, pushed to long on, 1 run
34.6 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run

End of over Hong Kong 144/1

35.1 Noor to Atkinson, no run
35.2 Noor to Atkinson, no run
35.3 Noor to Atkinson, no run
35.4 Noor to Nizakhat, 1 run
35.5 Noor to Atkinson, no run
35.6 Noor to Atkinson, full toss gets the treatment three on the leg side no chance FOUR runs

Technical break. Back ASAP

We're back
After 37 overs: Hong Kong 151-1 (Atkinson 85*, Nizakhat 8*)

37.1 Zard to Nizakhat, one run, square-driven
37.2 Zard to Atkinson, lands on a length, no run
37.3 Zard to Atkinson, 1 run, dinked round to backward square, Hamza fields
37.4 Zard to Nizakhat, one run
37.5 Zard to Atkinson, no run
37.6 Zard to Atkinson, one run, driven hard to mid-on, Shir gets down

End of over 38: Hong Kong 155-1

61 needed off 12 overs
Lucky Zaki to come back from the Sea End

The Afghan Ambassador and some of his corps have arrived
About 2000 in the crowd

38.1 Zaki to Atkinson, loud appeal for lbw, not out says Sena
38.2 Zaki to Atkinson, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to mid-off, Maliki fields
38.3 Zaki to Nizakhat, FOUR, struck powerfully off the front-foot, getting righ tto the pitch and giving long-on no chance
38.3 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run, Hamza at cover fields well
38.4 Zaki to Nizakhat, DITTO
38.5 Zaki to Nizakhat, Hamza keps busy, no run
38.6 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run

End of over 39: Hong Kong 160-1 (Atkinson 88*, Nizakhat 14*)
Partnership of 39 off 57 balls so far

Aimal Wafa (SLA) comes back on
39.1 Aimal to Atkinson, one run
39.2 Aimal to Nizakhat, one run
39.3 Aimal to Atkinson, one run
39.4 Aimal to Nizakhat, no run
39.5 Aimal to Nizakhat, turned off his hips, Hamza picks up, 1 run
39.6 Aimal to Atkinson, tight single, 1 run

After 40 overs, Hong Kong 165-1

51 off 10 overs needed
James Atkinson is on 91 not out
Top innings, came good at the right time for his team

40.1 Hamza to Atkinson, one run
40.2 Hamza (SLA) to Nizakhat (RHB), FOUR, slog-sweep
40.3 Hamza to Nizakhat, no run
40.4 Hamza to Nizakhat, 1 run, Cheeky Single!
50-partnership off 67 balls
40.5 Hamza to Atkinson, no run
40.6 Hamza to Atkinson, BIG APPEAL, Atkinson played across the line but missing leg

After 41 overs: Hong Kong 172-1

41.1 Aimal to Nizakhat, 1 run, cut late as opposed to an authentic late cut
41.2 Aimal to Atkinson, WIDE, outside off
41.2 Aimal to Atkinson, one run, clipped off his legs to midwicket's Noor
41.3 Aimal to Nizakhat, 1 run, gives him the charge, inside-edged to fine leg
41.4 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
41.5 Aimal to Atkinson, no run
41.6 Aimal to Atkinson, outside-edge but falls short of backward point

End of the 42nd over: Hong Kong 175-1 (Atkinson 93*, Nizakhat 23*)

41 off 8 overs needed
DRINKS

Hong Kong have yet to take the batting Powerplay!
It's looking like Hong Kong's Cup
The crowd is big. The crowd is 99% Afghani and a 100% quiet.

42.1 Noor to Nizakhat 1 run, cut through point
42.2 Noor to Atkinson, 1 run, driven to long-omn
42.3 Noor (OB) to Nizakhat (RHB), runs from another slog-sweep
42.4 Noor to Nizakhat, 1 run, driven over cover, Maliki runs around from long-off
42.5 Noor to Atkinson, OUT, charges Noor and turns a hoped-for full-toss into a yorker and he goes for an excellent 94
Irfan Ahmed is the new batsman and the appreciative crowd gives the big man a generous hand
42.6 Noor to Irfan, one run.

End of the 43rd over: Hong Kong 181-2

43.1 Zaki (LB) to Irfan (RHB), 1 run, full-pitched leggie driven to long-off
43.2 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run
43.3 Zaki to Nizakhat, beats him with a legbreak, Murad whips off the bails, no run and not out
43.4 Zaki to Nizakhat, no run, Nizakhat digs out a yorker
Crowd noisy now
43.5 Zaki to Nizakhat, 1 run, driven confidently through cover
Irfan on strike
43.6 Zaki to Irfan, 2 runs, flicked of fhis legs, Hamza fields well at square leg, running around from fine leg

44.1 Noor to Nizakhat, 1 run
44.2 Noor to Irfan, no run
44.3 Noor to Irfan, no run
44.4 Noor to Irfan, 2 runs, slog sweep
44.5 Noor to Irfan, CHANCE, 1 run, top-edged sweep goes to square leg running in, Mir drops. Catchable but it bounced out of his hands as he came in
44.6 Noor to Nizakhat, on erun

45th over: Hong Kong 191-2 (Irfan 9*, Nizakhat 30*)

24 needed off 30 balls
And the Batting Powerplay's been taken

45.1 Zaki to Nizakhat, 2 runs, punched off the back-foot
45.2 Zaki to Nizakhat, one run
45.3 Zaki to Irfan, no run
45.4 Zaki to Irfan, 1 run, pushed to cover
45.5 Zaki to Nizakhat, SIX, goes sailing into the Afghans behind midwicket. They make no sound
45.6 Zaki to Nizakhat, 1 run

End of 46th over Hong Kong: 203-2

New Bowler Aimal Wafa (SLA)

46.1 Aimal to Nizakhat, FOUR, lofted to long-off, Hamza Hotal slips and it gets past him
46.2 Aimal to Nizakhat, 1 run
46.3 Aimal to Irfan, 2 runs
46.4 Aimal to Irfan, 1 run
46.5 Aimal to Nizakhat, 1 run, spinning and bouncing, played down to backward point
46.6 Aimal to Irfan, SIX, and it's all over. Over into the crowd at long-on, Irfan runs down the wicket like Superman and Hong Kong have won the 2009 ACC U-19 Elite Cup.

End of 47th over Hong Kong: 216-2 (Irfan 17*, Nizakhat 46*) HONG KONG WON BY 8 wickets



 
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