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Mission accomplished: Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat says tour to UK and Ireland has been a success despite loss

Tourists lose final match of their tour of the UK and Ireland, with Scotland scoring a 53-run win in the second one day international

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 2016, 1:27pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 2016, 10:56pm

Hong Kong lost the final match of their tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, with Scotland scoring a 53-run win in the second one day international.

After Thursday’s abandonment– it meant Scotland won the series and claimed the Braidwood Cup Trophy.

Chasing Scotland’s 266-7, Hong Kong had reached 139-2 after 30 overs, but with the required rate creeping up wickets fell and the visitors were dismissed for 213 in the 47th over.

Babar Hayat (56) and Nizakat Khan (42) were again the linchpins of Hong Kong’s innings but didn’t get the support required.

Scotland scorecard – click to enlarge

Earlier, Scotland recovered from 144-5 after 32 overs to post an above par score thanks to a century from Calum Macleod (102) and a run-a-ball 52 from Craig Wallace.

Wickets were shared among the Hong Kong bowlers with Tanveer Ahmed (2-50) the only multiple wicket-taker.

Hong Kong now return home, with their next assignment a three-game ODI series against Papua New Guinea in November, which will be held in Mong Kok.

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“We got a good start with the run chase, Nizakat and I were playing nicely and then we collapsed. They took two really good catches and saved a lot of singles and twos and we didn’t do that was the big difference for me. The way we bowled in the middle was brilliant but we let ourselves down in the field in the last 10 overs.”

Hong Kong scorecard – click to enlarge

“Nizakat or myself needed to stay there until the end, we were playing patiently but those catches turned the game.”

“Overall we’ve played really well on this tour – we brought a lot of young guys and are missing key players. So it’s a learning process for us and we will be a lot better for the experience. We competed in every game, won the T20 series against Ireland and Nizakat’s form was outstanding.”

“We need to work on our fielding, in every game we gave away 20-30 runs and today it put us under a lot of pressure so that is something we have to work on.”