Low full toss again from Nabi, but Babar manages to hit it past cover, where it is fielded at long-on but they easily come back for two. A wide throw has given Hong Kong a spot in the World T20 in India. As soon as it beat cover, they were always going to run two but Najibullah at long-off collected cleanly but returned the throw right in the middle of the pitch. Huge win for Hong Kong
Stanikzai: "161 was a good score but they played well to win. The guys are disappointed but we will still try to qualify."
Afzal: "We played well from the first over till the end. We always believed we could chase down 162. We gave everything in this game."
Nowroz Mangal gets the Man of the Match award for his half-century. "It was tough to bat early. It is a hard loss, but we can still qualify for the World T20."
What a match to begin the playoffs. Hong Kong therefore, book themselves a spot in the World T20 and will play the semi-final of the World T20 Qualifier against Scotland. Nabi delivered two bad full tosses to Afzal which changed the match. However, Afghanistan are not yet eliminated. They will play against PNG in Qualifier 3.
Babar on strike for the last ball.
high full toss again, Afzal finds no timing and hits the upper half of his bat and hits it back to Nabi. Nabi collects it and calmly runs to the non-strikers end.
Just 2 off 2 now.
Hayat comes forward and converts it into a full toss, he hits it to deep midwicket again and some magnificent running gives them three. All the pressure on Nabi now
full and wide, just a bit too wide
what has Nabi done? he bowls another poor full toss, which Hayat picks and smashes over deep midwicket
bad full toss, poor ball from Nabi, Hayat gets a couple of steps down the track and swats it away past fine leg
full and darted on leg, and Chapman picks it again and hits it well too, but deep midwicket is lurking and takes a good high-pressure catch. Match-changing ball that
Right, it has come down after 39 overs to this. 16 required for Hong Kong and Nabi will bowl it. Chapman on strike though, who has picked his shots and executed well. What can he produce now?
full yorker attempted and Chapman hits to long-on for just one
good ball just when they needed it, full yorker outside off, Chapman can't do anything with that, beats him
well bowled, wide outside off and full, Chapman attempts the lap sweep again but just squirts it to square leg
great shot, Chapman just anticipates the ball and guides the low full toss to the fine-leg boundary off his lap sweep, lands just inside too
attempted yorker just misses the off stump and Chapman's cut too
poor fielding from Afghanistan, full ball on middle, Chapam finds cover but a needless poor throw beats Zadran and they run an overthrow
25 needed off 12 balls for a spot in the World T20
fired on leg stump, misses the sweep but they run one to keep Chapman on strike
Hong Kong needed a boundary and they got it, gives himself room again and smashes it over long-on for a much required six
hit to cover
smashes Shahzad on the helmet, Chapman wait for the slower ball and he paddles it straight into his helmet, saved four there
reverse-seep this time, and well executed too. Wait for the dart, and connects well to get it past point
well executed yorker on middle, hit back to the bowler but a misfield allows them one
Nabi to continue
vital boundary, Dawlat bowls it at a good length on middle, Chapman gives himself room and scythes it over point where it trickles away to the boundary
World T20 Qualifier match to be investigated by ACSU
Chapman's heist puts HK in World T20
|Babar Hayat||not out||20||9|
|Tanwir Afzal||run out||0||1|
|Aizaz Khan||not out||0||0|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 8, nb 1, w 3)|
|Total||162(5 wkts; 20 ovs)|