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Hong Kong lose to Pakistanis by 64 runs in T20 clash

Mark Chapman hits 39-ball half-century in unsuccessful chase

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 November, 2015, 12:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 November, 2015, 12:17pm

Hong Kong were beaten by 64 runs in their Twenty20 match against the Pakistanis in Dubai on Monday.

Chasing 168 for victory, Mark Chapman scored a 39-ball half century and Anshuman Rath contributed 18 to anchor the Hong Kong innings, but the side lost wickets regularly to be dismissed for 103 runs in 17.1 overs.

Pakistanis may have momentarily regretted electing to bat, with opener Ahmed Shehzad dismissed on his first ball to leave the side one wicket for no runs in the first over. However, Rafatullah Mohmand (25) and number three Sohaib Maqsood (25) steadied the ship, before Mohammad Rizwan starred with an unbeaten 38-ball 55.

Aamer Yamin added 27 more, while number eight Anwar Ali struck 16 from only eight deliveries to help boost Pakistanis’ run rate in the final overs. Babar Hayat took a screaming catch to dismiss Anwir on the last ball of the innings, a catch that was also Haseeb Amjad’s third wicket for the day.  Haseeb finished the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers with three for 38, which Anshuman Rath claimed two for 30, and Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz Khan took one apiece.

In reply, Hong Kong lost two early wickets and had 11 runs on the board before vice captain Mark Chapman came to the crease. Opener Anshuman Rath added a vital 18 runs from 19 deliveries, but it was Chapman’s knock, which included five fours and two sixes, that got the Hong Kong innings back on track.

It was with a four that Chapman brought up his half century, but he was caught on the next ball to leave Hong Kong precariously balanced at 82 for six in 12.2 overs. Hong Kong’s tail failed to wag in the last few overs. Finally, Hong Kong closed on 103 all out after its 17.1 overs.