Result
6th Match, Nagpur, Mar 10 2016, First Round Group B (N), World T20
116/6
(18/20 ov, target 117)
119/4
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
1y
• The Report by Shashank Kishore

Nabi, Shahzad to the fore in easy Afghanistan win

Afghanistan's six-wicket win was powered by Mohammad Nabi and Mohammad Shahzad as they chased down Hong Kong's 116 for 6 with two overs to spare

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Hong Kong116/6(20 overs)
Afghanistan119/4(18 overs)
end of over 1815 runs
AFG: 119/4CRR: 6.61 
Najibullah Zadran17 (9)
Gulbadin Naib4 (5)
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

17.6
4
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.
17.5
Haseeb Amjad to Najibullah Zadran, no run
full and wide outside off, Najib misses the drive this time

Just two needed

17.4
4
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
17.3
4
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
17.2
3
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
17.1
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."

end of over 172 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 104/4CRR: 6.11 • RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 from 18b
Gulbadin Naib1 (3)
Najibullah Zadran5 (5)
Nadeem Ahmed4-0-24-1
Aizaz Khan4-0-18-0
16.6
1
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.
16.5
Nadeem Ahmed to Gulbadin Naib, no run
very slow through the air, comes off very slowly too. Pushed back
16.4
Nadeem Ahmed to Gulbadin Naib, no run
slowed up on off, pushed away to point
16.3
w
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
16.2
Nadeem Ahmed to Shafiqullah, no run
slower outside off, patted back
16.1
1
Nadeem Ahmed to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run
tossed up, wider outside off after seeing the batsman coming. Chipped to long-on
end of over 165 runs
AFG: 102/3CRR: 6.37 • RRR: 3.75 • Need 15 from 24b
Shafiqullah3 (5)
Najibullah Zadran4 (4)
Aizaz Khan4-0-18-0
Ryan Campbell4-0-28-2
15.6
2
Aizaz Khan to Shafiqullah, 2 runs
clipped away to square leg. This time he gets through for a couple
15.5
Aizaz Khan to Shafiqullah, no run
fullish delivery outside off, defended back
15.4
1
Aizaz Khan to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run
good length outside off, nicely driven to long-on
15.3
1
Aizaz Khan to Shafiqullah, 1 run
slow bouncer on middle, pulled away to square leg with bad timing
15.2
Aizaz Khan to Shafiqullah, no run
good length outside off, steered to point
15.1
1
Aizaz Khan to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run
full and straight, worked to square leg for a run

Rehmanshareef S: "Mohammad Nabi is so flamboyant. He wants to get everything instantly. The recent PSL might have motivated him a lot, but everyday is not Sunday. Matured players don't throw away wickets."

Best performances - batsmen
Mohammad Shahzad
41 runs (40)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
on drive
11 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
407551811
Noor Ali Zadran
35 runs (37)
2 fours
0 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
on drive
18 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
115182107
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Nabi
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
4
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
RJ Campbell
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
Eco
7.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
TossHong Kong , elected to bat first
SeriesWorld T20 2016
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Nabi
Match numberT20I no. 528
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40
Match days10 March 2016 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Ian Gould
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Aleem Dar
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsAfghanistan 2, Hong Kong 0