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Asian Games 2014 - Incheon

Hong Kong women cricketers to face Sri Lanka in quarter-finals

Team hope opener Keenu Gill will fire at the crease as she did in her top score of 33 over South Korea

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 September, 2014, 10:56pm
UPDATED : Monday, 22 September, 2014, 10:56pm

Hong Kong will meet Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals of the women's cricket competition today hoping that Keenu Gill can carry on her sparkling form with the bat for a third consecutive day.

Opener Gill, who hit an unbeaten 45 against China in a losing cause on Sunday, followed it up by top-scoring again, 33, as Hong Kong defeated South Korea by 35 runs to book their quarter-final berth.

"It is going to be tough against Sri Lanka but we have the advantage of having played two matches on this wicket and hopefully that will benefit us," said Hong Kong women's coach Najeeb Amar.

We had wickets in hand and the girls went for everything, sometimes throwing caution to the wind
Najeeb Amar

"It was a good team effort today with Keenu leading the way."

Hong Kong, opting to bat after winning the toss, made 92 for six with Gill once again in fine touch before being run out, one of five players out in this fashion.

"We needed as many runs on the board and the orders were to give Keenu as much of the strike as possible. We had wickets in hand and the girls went for everything, sometimes throwing caution to the wind," said Najeeb.

Hosts Korea put on a spirited chase but tight bowling by Godiva Li and Gill, who shared five wickets between them, allowed Hong Kong to coast to an easy victory.