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Washout gives Hong Kong T20I series win


Tanwir Afzal took 2-18 to dismantle Ireland's top order in Hong Kong's T20I win

Hong Kong won the two-match Twenty20 global series against Ireland 1-0 after the second game was called off without a ball being bowled at the at the Bready Cricket Club in Northern Island on Tuesday (September 6). Aizaz Khan, who opened the batting alongside Nizakat, then led the charge with the ball as his 3 for 10 in three overs helped bowl Ireland out for 129.

Nizakat shared in in 56-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Babar Hayat (49 off 31) – scorer of the fastest T20 hundred by an associate nation; a 50-ball effort against Oman in 2010.

The breakthrough came in the 12th over for Ireland as Nizakat was caught at extra cover. Ireland’s reply suffered due to lack of substantial partnerships as Hong Kong bowled the home side out for 129 in 19.3 overs.

A 59-run fifth-wicket stand between Kevin O’Brien and Greg Thompson steered Ireland back on track. Ehsan then ensured a strong finish to the innings with his 22-ball unbeaten knock that contained two fours and a six. Medium pacer Tanveer Ahmed also took two wickets while Ehsan’s offspin accounted for O’Brien.

It means the visitors win the two-match series 1-0 thanks to their 40-run victory at the same venue on Monday.