Hong Kong v Nepal, 4th T20I, Colombo November 24, 2014

Hong Kong overcome Kami record

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hong Kong 73 for 8 (Anas Khan 21*, Gauchan 2-10, Pun 2-11) beat Nepal 72 (Kami 40, Afzal 2-8) by two wickets
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After a string of washouts, there was finally some cricket as Hong Kong beat Nepal in a nail-biting finish to a low-scorer at the fourth and final T20 in Colombo and claim the series.

Sompal Kami strode in at No. 10, having watched eight of his Nepal team-mates toppling over for single-figures, and laced 40 off 31 balls. Besides it being the highest score made by a batsman at that position, he was able to provide some semblance of modesty to a scorecard that had been wallowing at 25 for 8. The eventual score of 72 though would not have scared too many teams.

Having been put in, Nepal lost their top three inside three overs after a double-strike from seamer Tanwir Afzal. Three more wickets in seven balls took care of the middle order by the time the 10th over was completed. Kami added 43 runs with Shakti Gauchan for the ninth wicket, walloped a hat-trick of fours in the 18th over and a couple of sixes in the 19th before being dismissed.

Hong Kong's chase followed a similar narrative as three of the top six had bagged ducks and the score slumped to 21 for 5. Anas Khan and Aizaz Khan cobbled together 21 runs each and the equation was reduced to 23 needed off the final four overs for victory. Nepal pulled off a couple of late strikes to add to the tension, including Aizaz's, but the target was overhauled with one ball to spare.

The entire tour was originally scheduled to be played in Dambulla, but the first three matches were washed out. Rain struck down the second one twice - on the day it was scheduled on and on the reserve day as well - and the final match of the series was moved to P Sara Oval.

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