Afghanistan win to knock out Hong Kong

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 13:50 hrs

Hong Kong became the first side to be knocked out of the World Twenty20 as they lost by seven wickets to Afghanistan in Chittagong.

Set 154 to avoid an early exit of their own, Afghanistan won the Group A game with two overs to spare thanks to Shafiqullah's unbeaten 51 off 24 balls.

He effectively settled the contest with three sixes in the 17th over, after Mohammad Shahzad fell for 68.

Mark Chapman top-scored with 38 in Hong Kong's 153-8.

Batting first after winning the toss, Hong Kong made a disastrous start losing Irfan Ahmed off the very first ball of the innings but however they managed to set a reasonable target of 154 for Afghanistan.
Other architects of the innings were opener Waqas Barkat (32), captain Jamie Atkinson (31).
Waqas was involved in two useful partnerships of 42 with Atkinson for the second wicket and 60 runs with Chapman for the third wicket.
Tanwir Afzal was the only other batsman to enter into double figures.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler Shappoor Zadran, off-spinner Mohammad Nabi and left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak claimed two wickets each for Afghanistan.

Bangladesh and Nepal, who both won their opening games, meet at the same venue later.

The winners of the group will join West Indies, India, Pakistan and Australia in Group 2 for the Super 10 round-robin section of the tournament, which starts on 21 March.

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