Hong Kong win first T20I by nine wickets

30 Jan

Scotland 66/7 (10 overs) Munsey 17, Amjad 1/8, lost to Hong Kong 72/1 (6.2 overs) Hayat 26*, by 9 wickets. [Scorecard] 

A tireless effort by the ground staff ensured there would be some cricket played at Mission Road on Saturday morning in a 10 over match following the  recent wet weather. 

After winning the toss captain Tawir Afsal elected to bowl first. George Munsey hit two 4s and a six at the top of the order in his innings worth 17 runs. 

The Scots lost wickets at regular intervals as Haseeb Amjad, Afsal, Aziz Khan and Nadeem Ahmed each collected a wicket. 

Calum MacLeod was the second highest scorer of the innings with 16, but the batsman struggled to gain momentum, as the innings finished on 66/7.

Jamie Atkinson struck a swift 20 from just 7 deliveries in reply to give Hong Kong the imputus they needed to gain the upper hand. He eventually perished after Matt Machan completed a catch on the boundary from the bowling of Safyaan Sharif. 

Rath (20*) and Babar Hayat (26*) made sure the result was never in doubt as they reached the total after 6.2 overs. Hayat wrapped up the match in style by depositing the ball out of the ground, much to the delight of the home supporters. 

Following Hong Kong's nine wicket win Scotland batsman Munsey said, “It was a bit of a frustrating day after waiting for the conditions to improve. A 10 over game is tricky at the best of times, and after being put in to bat we always knew it was going to be tough. 

Credit to the Hong Kong bowlers who made it difficult restricting us to 67 and it was always going to be a hard total to defend.” 

Munsey was also full of credit for the groundstaff, “They’ve put in a massive effort and we have to thank them for their hard work to make sure we got a game in.” 

Scotland now conclude their tour of Hong Kong with a T20 against their hosts on Sunday. 

Photos courtesy of Bimal 

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