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.
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
full and wide outside off, Najib misses the drive this time
Just two needed
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
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
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
slower delivery outside off. These middle-order batsmen struggling with the pace of the wicket, through the pull too early
James: "Probably too late for HK, but Afganistan are making hard work of finishing this game."
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.
very slow through the air, comes off very slowly too. Pushed back
slowed up on off, pushed away to point
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.
slower outside off, patted back
tossed up, wider outside off after seeing the batsman coming. Chipped to long-on
clipped away to square leg. This time he gets through for a couple
fullish delivery outside off, defended back
good length outside off, nicely driven to long-on
slow bouncer on middle, pulled away to square leg with bad timing
good length outside off, steered to point
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."
tickled fine to square leg
beautifully driven in the gap past cover for two. But they want a third and that could be out. Noor Ali labours back for the third and is short of his ground. Atkinson collects cleanly and uproots all three stumps from the ground. Great throw from mid-off, right end too. HK have two quick wickets. Too little, too late, surely?
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||Hong Kong, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 528|
|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 days||10 March 2016 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 2, Hong Kong 0|