Afghanistan are in the cricket final of the Asian Games © Getty Images
Afghanistan are in the cricket final of the Asian Games © Getty Images

Incheon: Oct 2, 2014

Afghanistan have reached the final of the Men’s Cricket Competition in the Asian Games after defeating  Hong Kong by eight wickets in a rain-affected match

The 20- over match was reduced to a 15- over match after rain interrupted the game. Batting first, Hong Kong had made 88 in their allotted 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets. The rain interruption meant that Afghanistan had to chase down a reduced target  of 72 in fifteen overs.  The Afghanistan side propelled by Mohammad Shahzad’s unbeaten 41 coasted to victory.

Earlier the Afghan bowlers had done a fantastic job to restrict Hong kong to a paltry 88 in their twenty overs. Hong Kong after they lost opener Waqas Barkat for just five could never get going as they huffed and puffed their way to 88. For Afghanistan three bowlers took two wickets with M Nabim Baras returning with excellent figures of two for 10 in four overs.

Brief scores:

Hong Kong 88 for 8 in 20 overs (Irfan Ahmed 17: M Nasim Baras 2 for 10) lost to Afghanistan 72 for 2 in 15 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 41*; Nadeem Ahmed 3 for 8) by 8 wickets via D/L method.

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