Hong Kong v UAE, Asia Cup 2016, Fatullah February 21, 2016

Naveed, Shahzad take UAE closer to Asia Cup berth

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UAE 147 for 4 (Shahzad 52, Usman 41) beat Hong Kong 146 for 7 (Hayat 54, Naveed 3-14) by six wickets
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File photo: Amjad Javed sealed the game with a straight six as UAE took a giant leap towards the main round of the Asia Cup T20 © AFP

Hong Kong's hopes of qualifying for the main round of the Asia Cup T20 were extinguished by Mohammad Shahzad as UAE beat them by six wickets to move to the top of the points table with one game to play.

If it was Rohan Mustafa who led the way in their tournament opener against Afghanistan, Shahzad put his hand up to make a 39-ball 52 in the chase of 147 as UAE crossed the line with nine balls to spare. In doing so, they also ensured their net run rate received a boost, a factor that could decide the qualifier if teams are tied on points.

Hong Kong were struggling at 26 for 2 after they opted to bat. It took the belligerence of the in-form Babar Hayat to give them the momentum, even as Mark Chapman's aggression fetched 29 runs off just 17 balls. Hayat, who made 122 in a losing cause in Hong Kong's opener, hit eight fours in his 45-ball 54, before being dismissed in the 16th over. That allowed UAE to apply the choke as they conceded just 24 off the last five overs, with Mohammad Naveed, the pacer, finishing with figures of 3 for 14.

With perhaps lesser runs than they would have liked, Hong Kong prised out the wickets of Mustafa and Muhammad Kaleem to leave UAE at 22 for 2. Shahzad, who came in to bat at No. 3, arrested the wobble and helped UAE steer ahead of the asking rate during the course of a third-wicket stand of 79 with Muhammad Usman (41). Shahzad took the game right till the end in Shaiman Anwar's company, before Amjad Javed, the captain, sealed the deal with a straight six.

Having come up with two dominating displays, UAE have a straightforward equation. A win against Oman will see them through to the main round, while a loss that coincides with an Afghanistan win over Hong Kong could force a three-way tie in terms of points.

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  •   Rakib Hossain on February 24, 2016, 8:22 GMT

    very nice and powerfull boy. i like thats

  •   Mostakim Shuvo on February 22, 2016, 18:36 GMT

    Some people take Bangladesh here without any valid reason. They have said that Afghanistan beat Bangladesh but the reality is that Afghanistan has never beaten Bangladesh in T20 format and they have never beaten any test playing countries in T20 format except Zimbabwe. They just won against associates and getting points results in higher ranking than Bangladesh as Bangladesh played less matches than Afghanistan. In fact, in the last Asia Cup, it was not full strength team of Bangladesh missing Tamim, Sakib and also Musfiq. So Afghanistan beat weak Bangladesh team in odi but they have beaten by big margin when they played against full strength Bangladesh team. Bangladesh won by 9 wickets (with 48 balls remaining) T20 world cup Bangladesh won by 105 runs ODI no. 3605 | 2014/15 season Played at Manuka Oval, Canberra (neutral venue) 18 February 2015 - day/night match (50-over match

  • Cricinfouser on February 22, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    @Javiar87 Stop spreading misinformation, this is cricket not Zarb e Azb where ISPR disseminates false propaganda. Afghan players are all native sons and they would rather die than play for an enemy state.

  • Rehan Farazi on February 22, 2016, 8:46 GMT

    as any team can beat any other on given day and very low number of matches being played by some countries ,I think ICC t20 ranking system which is based on win does not reflect true ability of teams.

  •   Azizul Islam on February 22, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    T20 is not accountable for format of cricket. Any team can beat any team on given days with having some power hitters around. so nothing to be disappointed for any body here. afghan is better team of the bunch. Qualifying round is not good. We need give chance according to ranking to asia cup. As afghan is well above those countries, afghan should have given auto entry to asia cup.

  • Zahirshah on February 22, 2016, 5:00 GMT

    @Javiar87: bro once you check the biographies of each and every Afghan player in google or wiki, I bet that you won't find a single player which belongs to Pakistan, huh one thing is there, their batting couch is from Pakistan, if you are thinking that way then I can't say anything, of-course most of our senior players were refugees in Pakistan, but it doesn't mean that they are pakistanis, I have been in India for many years, but now I am in Afghanistan, so does it mean that I am an Indian?

  • Ricky20 on February 22, 2016, 2:44 GMT

    I think UAE will qualify easily. Best of Luck UAE by pakistan fan.

  • ABDVfan on February 21, 2016, 22:53 GMT

    @Afgan_mujahid even indian fans wanted to see the afghan players to perform in the big leagues in the asia cup as i truly believe afghan players can challenge better the big subcontinent teams , and they also won against zimbabwe recently ...but dude thats the nature of t20 cricket momentum shift is too soon , a bad phase of 3-4 overs can cost u the game , not to be disappointed but the team can work hard towards achieving better consistency and the skill to control the game

  • Siddharth Bhaskar on February 21, 2016, 21:09 GMT

    UAE is not playing the world t20 - just came to know that

  • Javiar87 on February 21, 2016, 20:53 GMT

    Go UAE Go ! We need a second team in Asia who would be a contender for test Status along with Afghanistan in 2025.

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