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Hong Kong denied thrilling finish in Scotland ODI as bad light halts play with two overs remaining

Tourists’ opening one day international clash sees them fall tantalisingly short of a winning start as darkness causes the match to be abandoned

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 September, 2016, 11:08am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 September, 2016, 11:08am

Hong Kong’s opening one day international clash in Scotland saw them fall tantalisingly short of a winning start when darkness caused the match to be abandoned just 12 balls from the end.

The tourists had played themselves into a strong position and required just 18 runs from the final two overs to seal an impressive win in Edinburgh but after a rain-affected match was shortened to 20 overs each it ended in a disappointing anti-climax.

Scotland scorecard – click to enlarge

Now the series rests on the outcome of the match when the sides face-off at the same venue tomorrow.

Hong Kong were set a modest target of 154 to win after a nervous showing from the hosts and they were bearing down on that total with Tanwir Afzal and Ehsan Khan at the crease.

Nizakat Khan and Babar Hayat had each earlier continued their strong form on the tour of UK and Ireland hitting totals of 43 and 26 respectively.

For their part, Scotland failed to build on a half century from Kyle Coetzer and a whipping 28 from Calum MacLeod after opting to set a target for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong scorecard – click to enlarge

The momentum swung the visitors’ way when big-hitting Khan seized the initiative and dispatched Scottish paceman Ali Evans for 16 from one over.

The introduction of the Scottish spinners slowed the tempo, but Hong Kong still seemed on course to reach their target needing 42 from 36 balls as the sky began to darken.

With no floodlights to call on at the Edinburgh ground, they just ran out of time.