Hong Kong vs Afghanistan – death bowling crucial in T20 World Cup says skipper Tanwir Afzal
Bowlers are hoping to keep it tight at the end of the innings after conceding late runs against Zimbabwe
Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal said death bowling will be crucial to the side’s hopes of recovering from their defeat by Zimbabwe in group B of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Nagpur, India.
Hong Kong, who face Afghanistan in their second game on Thursday, conceded 29 runs in the final two overs against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, and that proved key as the Africans won by 14 runs after reaching 158 for eight in their 20 overs.
“I think we have room to work out our death bowling and we have the ability to bowl better at the end,” said Tanwir, who had a good outing against Zimbabwe, taking two wickets for 19 in four overs and scoring 31 not out.
One of the highlights of Hong Kong’s play on Tuesday was their fielding, with some sharp throwing from the outfield resulting in three run-outs.
Hong Kong know that victory against Afghanistan, who they beat in last year’s World Cup qualifiers, will put them back in the frame if Scotland can defeat Zimbabwe in the other group match.
Afghanistan on Tuesday beat the Scots.
“We’ve played against Afghanistan two to three times in the last few months, and only lost the last game,” he said.
“We are in a really good position and I think that we can repeat the history of our previous results. If you see our batting maturity, we have Ryan Campbell and Jamie Atkinson back in our side, so I think that we are in a position to beat them.”
“We believe in our batting ability, and of course some days you can have an off day, sometimes you don’t perform to expectations on the day. We have a few in form players and I think they can deliver in the next game.”
Hong Kong and Afghanistan are 2-2 in T20 encounters, their opponents winning their previous meeting at the Asia Cup in Bangladesh last month.
The winners of each of the two first-round groups will advance to the Super 10 stage. The group B winners will join England, South Africa, defending champions Sri Lanka and West Indies in group 1.