Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 17 Runs | IRE: 124/8 (6 runs required, RR: 6.20)

  • John Mooney18 (8b)
  • Alex Cusack0 (0b)
  • Haseeb Amjad4-0-40-2
  • Irfan Ahmed4-0-11-3

That's all we have for you. Do watch out for Peter Della Penna's report. Until next time, buh bye and good night.

Tristan: "Nice scalp for HK. Two loses on the trot for Ireland and they have to regroup."

Tanwir Afzal: Ireland are experienced, they have home advantage as well and beating them gives us confidence. We believe that we had enough runs at the halfway mark. We had a bad start but I believe we can make it. Great win and we are all happy.

William Porterfield: We would have taken 129 any day. It went wrong in the second half. The pitches have been slow and we haven't adapted as a group.

Irfan Ahmed, Man of the Match: It was not easy to bat on the track. We just wanted to put the ball in the right areas. Beating Ireland gives us confidence.

5:45pm Amjad pumps his fist. Hong Kong have defended 129 for their second win of the tournament. Ireland looked to be well paced when Stirling and Porterfield got together and built a 43-run partnership. The chase, though, disintegrated quickly after the wicket of Stirling; Ireland went from 52 for 1 to 106 for 8, including losing four wickets in seven balls. Irfan nailed the yorkers at the death and Hong Kong's fielding was super sharp.

19.6
4
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, FOUR runs, full and wide outside off, sliced away behind square on the off side. Hong Kong stun hosts Ireland. After winning 21 straight matches in the World T20 Qualifier, Ireland have lost two in a row
19.5
6
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, SIX runs, slower ball on off from Amjad. Mooney waits on it, hits with the wind and launches it over deep midwicket. But its all too late
19.4
0
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, no run, yorker, right in the blockhole, jammed back to the bowler
19.4
1w
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, 1 wide, loopy full toss but wide outside off, past the tram line
19.3
2
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, 2 runs, full and on the stumps, Mooney makes room and cracks a drive to the right of long-off. The fielder dives to his right and makes a smart stop
19.2
0
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, no run, length and outside off, Mooney wants to smash it away but does not connect
19.1
4
Haseeb Amjad to Mooney, FOUR runs, good start to the over for Ireland. Amjad misses the yorker and pushes it too full, drilled between the bowler and non-striker to the long-on boundary

Ireland need 23 off the last over.

END OF OVER:
19 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | IRE: 107/8 (23 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.63, RRR: 23.00)

  • John Mooney2 (2b)
  • Alex Cusack0 (0b)
  • Irfan Ahmed4-0-11-3
  • Haseeb Amjad3-0-23-2

Two wickets and two runs off the penultimate over. Top, top over..

18.6
1
Irfan Ahmed to Mooney, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, Mooney waits on it and steers it to third man

Cusack joins Mooney.

18.5
W
Irfan Ahmed to Dockrell, OUT, holes out to Hayat at long-on. Back of a length and on middle, Dockrell punts it straight down the gullet of the fielder. Make that four wickets in seven balls

GH Dockrell c Babar Hayat b Irfan Ahmed 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.4
0
Irfan Ahmed to Dockrell, no run, back of a length and outside off, Dockrell throws his bat at it and does not connect

Dockrell..

Three wickets in five balls for Hong Kong.

18.3
W
Irfan Ahmed to Poynter, OUT, edged behind. Ireland are sliding quickly. Back of a length and jags in outside off. He loads up for a pull and can only under-edge it to Atkinson. The umpires check for a possible no-ball. Irfan's footing is fine and Poynter has to go.

SW Poynter c †Atkinson b Irfan Ahmed 7 (17m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

18.2
0
Irfan Ahmed to Poynter, no run, full ball just a shade outside off, swings and misses
18.1
1
Irfan Ahmed to Mooney, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, chopped to point

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | IRE: 105/6 (25 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 12.50)

  • Stuart Poynter7 (5b)
  • Haseeb Amjad3-0-23-2
  • Irfan Ahmed3-0-9-1

Mooney..

17.6
W
Haseeb Amjad to Thompson, OUT, Bye, bye Thompson. Hurled full and outside off, driven to extra cover and Thompson sets off for a speedy single. Afzal attacks the ball and throws the stumps down at the non-strikers' end. Tense faces in the Ireland camp

SR Thompson run out (Tanwir Afzal) 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Thompson in..

17.5
W
Haseeb Amjad to Porterfield, OUT, The leg stump is splintered. Pin-point yorker from Amjad, it dips under the swinging bat and knocks out the leg stump. Big, big wicket for Hong Kong

WTS Porterfield b Haseeb Amjad 28 (68m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Nadeem just about hobbles off the field.

17.4
2
Haseeb Amjad to Porterfield, 2 runs, low full toss, powered down the ground to long-on. The fielder runs across to his left, slides, slips and is struck on the face. Nadeem Ahmed is down in pain. The physio is out to tend to him. This doesn't look good

5:28pm The sun peeks out in all its glory now.

17.3
1
Haseeb Amjad to Poynter, 1 run, yorker, dug out for one
17.2
1
Haseeb Amjad to Porterfield, 1 run, down the track and manufactures a full ball as Porterfield drives it to backward point

Fine leg moves back. Third man comes up..

17.1
1
Haseeb Amjad to Poynter, 1 run, hacked to long leg off an inside edge as this was a length ball on the leg stump
17.1
1w
Haseeb Amjad to Poynter, 1 wide, darted down leg from round the stumps, wide called

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs | IRE: 99/4 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.82, RRR: 10.33)

  • Stuart Poynter5 (3b)
  • William Porterfield25 (37b)
  • Irfan Ahmed3-0-9-1
  • Aizaz Khan2-0-29-1

5:25pm It has started drizzling.

16.6
1
Irfan Ahmed to Poynter, 1 run, back of a length and on middle, Poynter hangs back and pinches a single in front of the covers
16.5
4
Irfan Ahmed to Poynter, FOUR runs, fractionally short and outside off, run down to deep third man with a healthy helping of cheek

Vidy: "Its raining cats n dogs in Dublin city, clouds moving towards the north (Malahide). "

16.4
0
Irfan Ahmed to Poynter, no run, good length and shapes away outside off, he drives and misses
16.3
1
Irfan Ahmed to Porterfield, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, slashed to deep cover