Player of the Match
Player of the Match

18 | 15 Runs | AFG: 119/4 | RR: 6.61

  • Najibullah Zadran17 (9b)
  • Gulbadin Naib4 (5b)
  • Haseeb Amjad2-0-20-0
  • Nadeem Ahmed4-0-24-1

10.40pm Fantastic performance from Afghanistan, clinical throughout the game to set up a shoot-out against Zimbabwe for a place in the main draw. They first bowled beautifully and their openers mixed attack with caution to effectively kill the game. Hong Kong did not have their best day and struggled throughout to put any sort of pressure on Afghanistan. Hong Kong are out, but Afghanistan have all to play for on Saturday.

Mohammad Nabi, the Player of the Match: "Very happy with my performance. My best figures in a World Cup. Pitch conditions totally slow and I decided to use my variations. I'm ready in all situations."

Asghar Stanikzai: "They played really well but Nabi bowled well. Rashid too bowled very well, and our fielding was good. Our team is very confident and our whole team is in very good form."

Tanwir Afzal: "We got a good start and we were in a position to score 140-145. Not easy to score early on, we missed key moments. Hard to bat on. So many positive things we can take from these two games, we'll regroup and come back with confidence in the next match against Scotland

Haseeb Amjad to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR runs, that will be it. A straight delivery on middle and leg, and Najib tickles it fine to the fine leg boundary. Easy win for Afghanistan, and Hong Kong crash out of the competition.
Haseeb Amjad to Najibullah Zadran, no run, full and wide outside off, Najib misses the drive this time

Just two needed

Haseeb Amjad to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR runs, superb shot. Fullish on off, Najib stays in his crease and then punches the drive in the gap between cover and mid-off. Great timing
Haseeb Amjad to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR runs, cracked away and that will be four. Another back of the hand slower ball which sits up for Najib to pull with disdain past midwicket
Haseeb Amjad to Gulbadin Naib, 3 runs, another one. This time he waits for it and then pulls over midwicket. Square leg runs around and makes an exceptional dive to save one. Did not give up on the chase at any point
Haseeb Amjad to Gulbadin Naib, no run, slower delivery outside off. These middle-order batsmen struggling with the pace of the wicket, through the pull too early

Haseeb Amjad

James: "Probably too late for HK, but Afganistan are making hard work of finishing this game."

17 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 104/4 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 4.33)

  • Gulbadin Naib1 (3b)
  • Najibullah Zadran5 (5b)
  • Nadeem Ahmed4-0-24-1
  • Aizaz Khan4-0-18-0
Nadeem Ahmed to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, slow and short on off, pulled away down to long-on who misjudges the catch, doesn't come in quick enough and the ball bounces just short of him.
Nadeem Ahmed to Gulbadin Naib, no run, very slow through the air, comes off very slowly too. Pushed back
Nadeem Ahmed to Gulbadin Naib, no run, slowed up on off, pushed away to point
Nadeem Ahmed to Shafiqullah, OUT, gone. Another unusual dismissal. Shafiqullah gets down low for a hard sweep but the pitch is rather slow and Shafiq is through the stroke too early, ends up toe-ending it back to the bowler who takes a good, low catch.

Shafiqullah c & b Nadeem Ahmed 3 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st70Noor Ali ZadranMohammad Shahzad
2nd25Mohammad NabiNoor Ali Zadran
3rd2Noor Ali ZadranNajibullah Zadran
4th6ShafiqullahNajibullah Zadran
5th16Gulbadin NaibNajibullah Zadran