Afghanistan asked to bat first in must-win game

Toss Hong Kong chose to field v Afghanistan
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File photo – Shapoor Zadran replaced left-arm spinner Amir Hamza in Afghanistan’s playing XI © AFP

Afghanistan were put in to bat by Hong Kong in a must-win game of the Asia Cup T20 qualifying round. Afghanistan needed to beat Hong Kong and hope UAE lost to Oman to have a chance of qualifying for the main round. The team had lost one of their opening two matches, while Hong Kong were yet to win a game in the tournament.

Afghanistan made one change to their side from the last match, bringing fast bowler Shapoor Zadran back in place of left-arm spinner Amir Hamza.

Hong Kong, who were knocked out after yesterday’s defeat to UAE, made two changes. They handed an international debut to 18-year-old Tanveer Ahmed and picked medium-pacer Adil Mehmood. Waqas Khan and Haseeb Amjad were left out of the playing XI.

Hong Kong 1 Anshuman Rath, 2 Kinchit Shah, 3 Babar Hayat, 4 Mark Chapman, 5 Nizakat Khan, 6 Tanwir Afzal (capt), 7 Aizaz Khan, 8 Tanveer Ahmed, 9 Christopher Carter (wk), 10 Nadeem Ahmed, 11 Adil Mehmood

Afghanistan 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Noor Ali Zadran, 3 Asghar Stanikzai, 4 Karim Sadiq, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Gulbadin Naib, 8 Samiullah Shenwari, 9 Dawlat Zadran, 10 Shapoor Zadran, 11 Rashid Khan

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