Hong Kong have to thank Waqas Barkat and Roy Lamsam for getting their campaign in the cricket Twenty20 competition off to a winning start after the pair put on a partnership of 67 runs that proved decisive in a 30-run victory over Nepal. Hong Kong's total of 115 proved beyond the reach of the Nepalis, who finished on 85 for nine, thanks to good all-round bowling performances, with left-arm spinners Nadeem Ahmed and Najeeb Amar bowling tightly. But things had looked bleak for Hong Kong, who were stuttering at 47 for four in the 10th over, until Barkat joined opener Lamsam. 'I'm so happy I was able to score. We knew once we scored over 100 runs it would be tough for them to chase as we have a few good spinners,' Barkat said. The importance of Lamsam, who top-scored with 47, was that he kept one end going, acting as an anchor for the team. He was the perfect foil for Barkat and the fifth-wicket partnership steered Hong Kong out of trouble at the packed Guangdong Cricket Stadium. 'That was a crucial partnership and set us up nicely for victory,' head coach Charlie Burke said. 'Winning is so important in this format where our quarter-final opponents will depend on how we perform in our opening two games. It [winning] also gets us into the swing of things and hopefully becomes a habit.' Hong Kong face the Maldives today.