Day 4: Hong Kong v UAE at Tribhuvan University: HONG KONG HIT A HIGH

  • ACC Twenty20 Cup Hong Kong vs UAE at TU Ground: UAE won the toss and elected to bat first.
  • Aizaz Khan bowls good first over giving away only 3 runs. Faizan Asif and Amjad Ali opened for UAE. UAE 3/0 in 1 over.
  • Experienced Munir Dar gives away only 2 runs as UAE ends second over at 5/0. This is important match for Hong Kong in Group B where UAE leads with 2 wins, Nepal has 2 wins, Hong and Kuwait with one win each.
  • SIX & FOURS, Amjad Ali flicks Aizaz Khan at the fine leg boundary; hits a straight four and then nicks another four at third man. UAE 19/0 in 3 overs.
  • WICKET, Asif is gone. cuts Munir Dar but could not keep it low and comfortably caught at point. Asif had given good starts to UAE in earlier matches.
  • Munir Dar is keeping it tight. UAE 21/1 in 4 overs.
  • Today of all days the PA system at the Engineering College has decided to play music (LOUDLY) for every boundary...we've heard him 12 times in 30 balls so far #quitedeafenedalready
  • It must feel amazing for many players from Hong Kong and UAE to play with so many spectators. Half of the spectators from Nepal vs Kuwait match have decided to stay back and cheer good plays. UAE 24/1 in 5 overs.
  • Hong Kong are giving heart out for the match, bowling tight, throwing themselves on the ground to save runs and cheering every now and then. UAE 25/1 in 6 overs.
  • SIX, Amjad Ali hits Nadeem Ahmed for a six at long on. Ali has scored 28 already out of his team's 34 in 6 overs.
  • SIX, Amjad Ali hits yet another six, this time to Aizaz Khan who changed the end. Clean shot that hit the sight-screen. UAE 44/1 in 8 overs. Ali 35 not out.
  • 50 up for UAE as Amjad Ali is going strong. This time he drove Nizakat Khan beautifully to cover for a four. UAE 50/1 in 9 overs with Ali on 40 not out.
  • Amjad Ali nears half-century. He is now at 47 not out and going good. Sweeps Roy Lamsam for a four. UAE 58/2 in 10 overs.
  • WICKET, Shaiman, who was top-scorer in Nepal's win, is bowled by Nizakat Khan. Shaiman tries to play a late cut and could not connect.
  • Khurram Khan cuts Nizakat to four through diving point and slices another though gully for consecutive boundaries. UAE 68/2 in 11 overs.
  • Roy Lamsam goes for 9 runs in the over as UAE finishes at 77/2 in 12 overs. Amjad Ali needs a run to complete his second half-century in Twenty20 career.
  • Congratulations to Amjad Ali who scores his second career fifty in T20 and received huge applause from the players and spectators.
  • UAE 86/2 in 13 overs with Amjad Ali on 51 and Khurram Khan on 18.
  • UAE batting really well. The wicket is somewhat flat offering very little to the bowlers but nothing to take away from the UAE batsmen's approach. Hitting fours every now bisecting fielders spread deep. UAE 98/2 in 14 overs.
  • WICKET, Khurram Khan is out, caught in deep square leg of Irfan Ahmed. UAE are three down.
  • UAE 104/3 in 15 overs. UAE moving towards a good total.
  • Amjad Ali is in brilliant touch today. He is striking the ball neat and clean. Clears Nizakat Khan over the extra cover and has anchored the innings well. UAE 118/3 in 17 overs. Amjad Ali is on 60.
  • Amjad Ali wants to go after every balls now; hits Irfan Ahmed for a four on long-off. He is at 65.
  • WICKET, Nadeem Ahmed strikes as Vikran Shetty goes for 10. Bowled on an attempt to cut backfoot.
  • UAE 125/4 in 18 overs. Two more overs to go. How many more runs can UAE get here? Amjad Ali is still at the center playing on 65.
  • SIX, after failing to score off first three deliveries of Irfan Ahmed, Amjad Ali goes for a really big shot at mid wicket. UAE 133/4 in 19 overs.
  • SIX, Amjad Ali takes a step ahead and hits six to Munir Dar at long-on to become the tournament's highest scorer so far. Karim Sadiq has scored 72 in other match at the Engineering Ground against Bhutan today. He ends up at 79 not out - carrying the bat through the innings.
  • UAE ends the innings at 144/4 in 20 overs. It's a good total at the ground despite the wicket being flat than normal. Hong Kong could fancy a chance if they get someone who can bat like Amjad Ali and/or a few getting big shots.
    UAE 144 for 4 in 20 overs (A Ali 79*, K Khan 26)
  • Hong Kong begins batting with B Hayat and Irfan Ahmed. Amjad Javed to open bowling for UAE.
  • Two fours in the over to end it at 10/0 in 1 over. Irfan Ahmed gets one on the cover and another square.
  • Shadeep Silva bowls a maiden over to Barbar Hayat. Isn't that a bit rare in T20? HK 10/0 in 2 overs.
  • SIX, Irfan Ahmed hits a big boundary at midwicket region off Javed. Clean shot.
  • SIX, another. Irfan Ahmed is punishing Javed. This time flicks to square leg boundary.
  • SIX, one more... Is today a day of No 1 batsmen? Subash Khakurel was topscorer for Nepal with 40, Amjad Ali got 79 not out for UAE and now Irfan Ahmed is already on 22 not out. HK 33/0 in 3 overs. Target 145.
  • SIX, yet another six for Irfan Ahmed, this time to Shadeep Silva.... straight to the sight-screen.
  • Hong Kong 44/0 in 4 overs. Irfan Ahmed 28*, Barbar Hayat 15*.
  • Boundary galore at the TU Ground. Irfan Ahmed hits Ahmed Raza for two fours in an over and Hong Kong ends fifth over at 52/0. Target 145. 10 boundaries so far, four of them sixes.
  • SIX, the fifth one. This time a flat one at square leg off Khurram Khan by Barbar Hayat. The Hong Kong openers are hitting it neat and clean and UAE bowlers largely clueless during the powerplay. Hayat follows up with a four on long-off. Hong Kong 65/0 in 6 overs.
  • WICKET, Hayat is out on 29 as Ahmed Raza gives the breakthrough in the first over after the end of powerplay overs. Thin edge to keeper. Hong Kong 67/1 in 7 overs.
  • DROPPED, Jamie Atkinson was dropped at square leg boundary. Nothing is going right for them. The ball was on the fielder's hand, a straight forward catch, but dropped. Hong Kong 76/1 in 8 overs. Target 145.
  • Oh my god... what's happening to UAE. They are seeping boundaries and now the wicketkeeper Abdul Rehman misses to collect a ball for an easy stumping to Irfan Ahmed, who has reached 48 now.
  • Wow! Wow! I am all praise to Irfan Ahmed who completes a half-century with a clean six to Khurram Khan at the mid-wicket. Well played Irfan Ahmed. He ends the over with another clean hit for six on the long-on. Hong Kong 95/1 in 9 overs, Irfan Ahmed not out on 60.
  • 100 up for Hong Kong in 10 overs, they are batting brilliantly and it looks like UAe has no chance now. Can they conjure some magic here. Target 145.
  • Hong Kong 107/1 in 11 overs. Target 145.
  • Finally, something for UAE. WICKET, Jamie Atkinson goes after making 8 runs. Gives an easy catch to short fine leg fielder off Rohan Mustafa. Irfan Ahmed is not out on 68.
  • Hong Kong 113/2 in 13 overs. Requires another 32 runs in 7 overs for victory.
  • WICKET, Although it seems the match has slipped away from UAE, they can breath a relief now as Irfan Ahmed is gone after making 70. Tries a big shot at mid-wicket and Ahmed Javed takes a very good running catch to give Mustafa his second wicket. Brilliant catch. Hong Kong 119/3 in 14 overs. Target 145.
  • WICKET, Nizakat Khan is taken at short thirdman by Javed, second catch for him and first wicket for Ahmed Raza. Top edge on an attempt to hit on on side.
  • SIX by Kruger off Raza, a little bit short and pulled for a six. Hong Kong 128/4 in 15 overs. Target 145.
  • STUNNER, absolute stunner. Ahmed Raza takes a great catch, full length dive on this right to catch the ball travelling like bullet. Kruger's wicket wicket goes for Khurram Khan. Hong Kong 131/5 in 16 overs. Target 145.
  • WICKET, Barkat is caught at long-on boundary by Faizan Asif. Raza gets a deserving wicket. Is UAE staging a brilliant comeback here?
  • Hong Kong 133/6 in 17 overs. Requires 12 runs off 18 balls for the win. Target 145.
  • SIX, and it's a tie. Roy Lamsam hits a six at long-on to Shaiman Anwar.
  • VICTORY for Hong Kong. Munir Dar takes a single and Hong Kong are 145 for 6 in 18 overs winning by 4 overs. What a batting display by them! Also praises for UAE for their attempt to comeback in the game.

ACC Twenty20 Cup, Day 4
Group B: Hong Kong v UAE at Tribhuvan University
UAE won the toss and chose to bat
UAE: 144 for 4 off 20 overs (A. Ali 79*)
Hong Kong: 145 for 6 off 18 overs (I. Ahmed 70; A Raza 3-20, R Mustafa 2-22)
Man of the match: Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong)

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Filed December 7th, 2011