Hong Kong eyes series win against gutted Ireland
Ireland will take on Hong Kong in second match of two-match T20I series to level the series after shocking loss in first match. This encounter gives Hong Kong bright opportunity to win and improve their ICC T20 Ranking. Hong Kong are at 17th while Ireland at 15th in current ranking list.
Fixture: Ireland vs Hong Kong, 2nd T20I/ IRE vs HK
Time/Date: 08:00 PM IST/ 02:30 PM GMT/ 03:30 PM LOCAL/ 06 Sep
Venue: Bready Cricket Club, Bready, Northern Ireland
No doubt, Hong Kong were underdogs at the start of this short series but they were brilliant on the field which yielded them first win of two-match T20I series. They defeated Ireland on their soil by 40 runs courtesy partnerhip between Nizakat Khan and skipper Babar Hayat which set a good total for opponent to chase.
Opting to bat first, Hong Kong got off to good start as Nizakat Khan and Aizaz Khan added together 41 runs for first wicket though later could contribute only 5 runs before getting out facing 11 balls. Nizakat Khan continued to hit balls for boundaries joined by skipper Babar Hayat who scored 49 runs of 31 balls, they gave Hong Kong solid foundation for middle order.
Nizakat Khan (43-balls 62) was second man to depart not before scoring brilliant half-century taking team close to hundred in 12th over. Anshuman Rath (6-balls 6) couldn’t do much and he was cleaned up by Andy McBrine but Ehsan Khan handy inning of 29 runs in the end helped visitors post competitive total of 169 runs.
During the chase Ireland top order looked brittle as they were four wickets down in sixth over when Ireland’s score was only 24 runs. Tanwir Afzal (2 wkts) bowled sensational spell two remove Sean Terry and David Rankin in back to back over which left Ireland struggle early on.
Greg Thompson and Kevin O’Brien did some repair work and brought back Ireland into game but Ehsan Khan struck at right time to give on more shock sending back Kevin O’Brien at his score of 32 runs. Thereafter, Aizaz Khan (3 wickets) disturbed the middle order along with Ehsan Khan and Ireland never recovered. Eventually they were folded for 129 runs handing them shocking loss.
Tanveer Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed chipped two wickets each, former sneaked through lower batting order while Nadeem got important wicket of skipper William Porterfield.
Brief Score from 1st T20I:
Hong Kong 169/5 (20 ovs) [Nizakat Khan 62(43), Babar Hayat 49(31); Andy McBrine 1-22, Jacob Mulder 1-25] defeated Ireland 128 all-out (19.3 ovs) [Greg Thompson 44(32), Kevin O’Brien 32(24); Aizaz Khan 3-10, Tanwir Afzal 2-18]
What is the full squad of Hong Kong & Ireland?
Hong Kong Squad: Babar Hayat(c), Aizaz Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanveer Ahmed, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Adil Mehmood, Ehsan Nawaz, Anshuman Rath, Ninad Shah, Shahid Wasif
Ireland Squad: William Porterfield(c), Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, David Rankin, James Shannon, Sean Terry, Greg Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young
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