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Afghanistan end day 1 well on top against Hong Kong

Afghanistan end day 1 well on top against Hong Kong

Oct 21, 2017 - 00:34

KABUL (Pajhwok): Rashid Khan’s five-wicket haul and Javed Ahmad’s ton put Afghanistan in the driver’s seat on the day one of their four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup clash against Hong Kong in Mong Kok on Friday.

Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat first at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground but the hosts were bowled out for just 142 in 47 overs. By the close of play, Afghanistan reached 270 for two wickets in 50 overs, with a lead of 128 runs.

The 19-year-old legspinner, Rashid Khan, dismissed five Hong Kong batsmen by conceding 65 runs while Dawlat Zadran clinched three scalps.

Anshuman Rath, Ehsan Khan and Aizaz Khan failed to survive for long and Hong Kong slumped to 97 for seven inside 33 overs.

Waqas Khan (23) and Waqas Barkat (23 not out) added some runs later on to the Hong Kong total before Rashid returned to finish off the innings.

In reply, Ahmadi and Ihsanullah Janat shared a 124-run opening-wicket stand to put Afghanistan in the driver’s seat.

The two scored at a decent pace before Rath dismissed Ihsanullah. The right-hand batsman smacked eight fours and a six in an 82-ball 63. 

Despite losing his partner, Ahmadi carried on to complete his century. His 108 came off 113 balls and was studded with 16 fours and two sixes, and his knock finally ended in form of a run-out. 

Rahmat Shah (34 not out) and Asghar Stanikzai (58 not out) then made sure that Afghanistan ended the day well on top.