Afghanistan knock HK out of WT20

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The World Twenty20 adventure is over for Hong Kong in terms of qualification for the next round, after they lost to Afghanistan by seven wickets in Chittagong on Tuesday, their second defeat in a row.

The World Twenty20 adventure is over for Hong Kong in terms of qualification for the next round, after they lost to Afghanistan by seven wickets in Chittagong on Tuesday, their second defeat in a row.

Hong Kong batted first and recorded a below-par 153 for eight, with Mark Chapman top-scoring with 38, before Afghanistan made light work of the chase thanks to half tons from Mohammad Shahzad and Shafiqullah.

Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat first, and soon lost opener Irfan Ahmed. He was bowled first ball by Shapoor Zadran, making it two first-ballers in a row for the unlucky batsman.

Skipper Jamie Atkinson then added a quick 31 off 20 balls to push the score up to 42, with Waqas Barkat also scoring a nifty 32. Once they were out, it was up to Chapman to lead the side, and he survived some nasty short stuff on his way to 38.

But once those three departed, the rest of the order collapsed and none were able to make it to double figures, with Shapoor, Hamza Hotak and Mohammad Nabi each taking two wickets.

The chase got off to a poor start when Najeeb Tarakai was out early for seven. But Shahzad was valiant in his efforts, playing a bizarre range of shots, including one off the back of his bat and once superb helicopter shot, on his way to 68.

His effort was the backbone, and one he departed it was left to Shafiqullah to wrap things up, and he did so with a 51 not out off just 24 balls, smashing the men in black to all corners to knock them out of the running.

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