Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Hayat 78 sets up comfortable Hong Kong win

Hong Kong 148 for 4 (Hayat 78, Carter 41, Oluoch 3-29) beat Kenya 133 (Obanda 39, Ehsan Khan 3-12, Tanveer Ahmed 3-20, Nadeem Ahmed 3-23) by 39 runs (D/L method)

An aggressive half-century from Babar Hayat set Hong Kong up for a 39-run Duckworth-Lewis win in a rain-affected match against Kenya in Nairobi. The win moved Hong Kong up to 11 points from eight games, leaving them a point adrift of joint table-toppers Papua New Guinea and Netherlands.

Rain delayed the start of play and forced the match to be reduced to 31 overs a side. Sent in to bat, Hong Kong lost Kinchit Shah with only two runs on the board, before Hayat joined the opener Christopher Carter in a 119-run second-wicket partnership. Both then fell in the space of eight balls, to the left-arm seamer Lucas Oluoch: Hayat for 78 off 68 balls (6x4, 4x6) and Carter for 41 off 63 (4x4, 1x6). Hong Kong lost Anshuman Rath soon after as well, and were 148 for 4 in 25.1 overs when rain came down again.

That interruption caused the match to be shortened further, with Kenya set a revised target of 173 in 25 overs. They made an excellent start, courtesy a 79-run opening stand between Irfan Karim and Alex Obanda, but fell away thereafter, losing all ten wickets for the addition of only 54 runs. Left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed, offspinner Ehsan Khan and medium-pacer Tanveer Ahmed picked up three wickets each.

Kenya 2nd innings Partnerships

1st79AA ObandaIA Karim
2nd4IA KarimDM Gondaria
3rd3RR PatelDM Gondaria
4th3CO ObuyaDM Gondaria
5th0CO ObuyaNK Patel
6th26CO ObuyaGurdeep Singh
7th6CO ObuyaNN Odhiambo
8th0CO ObuyaSO Ngoche
9th10CO ObuyaNM Odhiambo
10th2NM OdhiamboLN Oluoch