Irfan, Atkinson set up Hong Kong's big win
Hong Kong 188 for 5 (Atkinson 64*, Irfan 55, Williams 3-32) beat Namibia 129 for 7 (Burger 51*, van Schoor 46, Nawaz 2-8) by 59 runs
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Late hitting from middle-order batsmen Irfan Ahmed and Jamie Atkinson powered Hong Kong to a comprehensive 59-run win against Namibia in the first T20 in Windhoek, to take a 1-0 lead. Hong Kong scored 188 for 5 with fifties from Irfan and Atkinson and restricted Namibia to 129 for 7, allowing only two batsmen to score in double-figures.
Put in to bat, Hong Kong were rocked early and reduced to 62 for 4 in eight overs, because of two wickets from medium-pacer Craig Williams. Irfan and Atkinson then pulled the momentum in their favour with a massive stand of 124 runs in 11.4 overs to charge them towards 200. Irfan's 39-ball 55 included two fours and three sixes while Atkinson's unbeaten 37-ball 64 featured five fours and four sixes. Williams finished with 3 for 32 after accounting for Irfan too.
Namibia were stifled early by pacers Adil Mehmood and Ehsan Nawaz. While Mehmood struck on consecutive balls in the second over, Nawaz took two wickets in his first three overs, including a wicket maiden to finish with figures of 3-1-8-2. From 21 for 4 in the fifth over, Namibia stuttered to 37 for 5 before Sarel Burger and Raymond van Schoor resisted with a stand of 81 runs in 10 overs to take them past 100. Burger's unbeaten 51 only took them to 129 as left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed also struck twice later.