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Nizakat, bowlers help Hong Kong go 1-0 up

Hong Kong kickstarted their two-match T20 international series against Ireland with a 40-run win, made possible by Nizakat Khan's half-century, followed by a collective effort from the bowlers

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Match Details


Hong Kong , elected to bat first

Series result

Hong Kong led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.55, Interval 16.55-17.15, Second Session 17.15-18.40

Match days

5 September 2016 (20-over match)

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Match Referee

With the fall of the final wicket Hong Kong complete a comprehensive win which was never really in doubt after they had Ireland 26 for 4 at the end of the powerplay. Yet again Ireland's top order failed to get involved in any meaningful way. By the time that Kevin O'Brien and Greg Thompson came together their 59 run partnership could do little at chase down the runrate. Once they went it was only a matter of time till Hong Kong finished off the inexperienced tail.

All of the Hong Kong bowlers took wickets apart from Nawaz and at the end of the day they deserved the win. Today's win means that they go 1-0 up in the two match series. We don't have long to wait until the final match of the series. Less then 24 hours to be exact. Tomorrow we all come back to Bready for the final game in the series. So please join us then.

Thanks for following my commentary today and its goodnight from me, bye.

Tanveer Ahmed to Little, OUT, and he isn't going to get a run today. Its another swing and miss, Tanveer bowls it straight and knockes over the stumps. Hong Kong Win!

J Little b Tanveer Ahmed 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tanveer Ahmed to Little, no run, swings at the ball and misses
Tanveer Ahmed to Young, 1 run, Young gets another inside edge into the legside, Little charges down the other end. Wants the opportunity to score his first international run

19 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 128/9 (42 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 42.00)

  • Craig Young1 (3b)
  • Josh Little0 (1b)
  • Aizaz Khan3-0-10-3
  • Tanveer Ahmed3-0-28-1
Aizaz Khan to Young, 1 run, Young gets an inside edge and it goes onto the pad, Little calls for the run and they now need 42 off the last over.
Aizaz Khan to Young, no run, its a short ball which hits Young on the shoulder, Carter dives forward and catches the ball. Doesn't claim for the catch
Aizaz Khan to Young, no run, good length ball, Young stays in the crease and defends the bal back down the pitch

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st5WTS PorterfieldDA Rankin
2nd5DA RankinSP Terry
3rd14DA RankinJNK Shannon
4th0KJ O'BrienJNK Shannon
5th59GJ ThompsonKJ O'Brien
6th31GJ ThompsonAR McBrine
7th8GJ ThompsonLJ Tucker
8th3LJ TuckerJ Mulder
9th2JB LittleJ Mulder
10th2CA YoungJB Little