Mark Chapman fires Hong Kong to historic Twenty20 win over Zimbabwe
A last-ball six from Mark Chapman lifted Hong Kong to arguably their biggest-ever win, defeating test-playing nation Zimbabwe by four wickets in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Thursday in a warm-up match for the ICC World Twenty20 which gets under way on Saturday.
Chapman hit an unbeaten 56 and figured in an unbroken stand of 70 with Tanwir Afzal (37) as Hong Kong chased down Zimbabwe’s total of 153 for seven for the loss of six wickets.
Left-hander Chapman oozed class as he blasted the Zimbabwean bowlers to all parts of the field hammering three sixes and four fours in his 33-ball knock.
Hong Kong needed just eight runs from the last over and after Tanwir had taken a single, Chapman scooped Tinasha Panyangara for four. But the next two balls were dot deliveries before Hong Kong scrambled two runs from the fifth delivery to tie the score.
With the fielders closing in, Chapman then lifted Panyangara for six over mid-wicket to set off celebrations among the Hong Kong camp.
Earlier, Hong Kong had allowed Zimbabwe to score boost their score to 153 after leaking 47 runs in the last three overs.
The win will set off alarm bells among the teams in Hong Kong’s group – hosts Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal – that Jamie Atkinson and his men are a serious threat.