Hong Kong are back from the dead. Asian Cricket Council officials threw them an unexpected lifeline hours after the dramatic tied game against Kuwait by reversing the original decision and declaring that it was the SAR, not Kuwait, who had a superior net run rate - by a mere 0.03. The reprieve, which came late on Sunday night, will now see Hong Kong take on Singapore in the ACC Trophy quarter-finals today. If Hong Kong win, they will meet the winners of the game between Afghanistan and Malaysia in the semi-finals tomorrow. 'We have been given a second chance and we have to grab this with both hands,' said relieved Hong Kong manager Ravi Nagdev yesterday. 'We were all badly disappointed and feeling really down, and thinking of packing our bags to come home, when we heard the good news.' A disconsolate Hong Kong squad had trooped back from the Bayumas Oval after the dramatic tied result against Kuwait in their last group game on Sunday. Kuwait had batted first and scored 253 for eight in 50 overs. Hong Kong replied with 253 for eight - losing the wickets of Najeeb Amar, Irfan Ahmed and Ilyas Gull in the final over as they panicked in a bid to score the four runs needed for victory. 'Before the match had begun, we trailed Kuwait on net run rate. Theirs was 3.70 and ours 3.58. So when the game ended in a tie, everyone assumed that we had lost, even the umpires and match referee Roger Binny, who announced that Kuwait had progressed through to the quarter-finals on a better net run rate,' said Nagdev. But after returning to their hotel, the management of both Hong Kong and Kuwait were called in for an urgent meeting by ACC officials, who announced that a mistake had been made and that it was Hong Kong who had qualified. 'Hong Kong qualified by the skin of their teeth. When the tied scores of both teams were added to their previous performances and re-calculated, it showed that Kuwait's net run rate fell further than that of Hong Kong,' said Anil Kalaver, ACC secretary. Run rates are calculated by dividing the number of runs scored by overs faced. Net run rates are calculated by taking away your opponents' run rate from your own run rate. Kuwait officials had lodged a protest with the ACC on the grounds that they had been declared winners, but they later accepted the decision after Kalaver had explained to them how the calculations were done. This is the second time that Hong Kong have been involved in a tied match at the ACC Trophy which has ended in controversy. In 2002, Hong Kong and Malaysia were involved in a tied game where both sides were dismissed for 159 in 49.5 overs. But on that occasion, the result went Malaysia's way, after the scorers belatedly found a missing leg-bye.