Bulawayo: 65 runs by Anshuman Rath and four wickets at 33 runs by Ehsan Khan, Hong Kong defeated Afghanistan by defeating Duckworth-Lewis Rules by 30 runs in the rain-affected match in the ICC World Cup Cricket Qualifier Group-B match. Afghanistan, playing in the captaincy of young leg-spinner Rashid Khan, is third in this three match and it is now difficult to qualify for the Super Six. It is noteworthy that in the way international cricketers were showing their affection in Afghanistan, it was the fastest growing team, but suddenly everything seems to be changing for them.
Earlier, batting first, Hong Kong scored 241 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs. Apart from the chariot, five Hong Kong batsmen crossed the 20-run mark but could not play a long innings. Mujib Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi had three successes. Going to chase the target, Afghanistan’s team could score 195 runs in nine overs in 46 overs.
From the beginning, their wickets continued to fall on intervals. Nabi (38) and Najibullah Jadran (32) shared a 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket, the innings was played once more. In the 43rd over of Afghanistan, rain started at 167 for seven wickets and the match was reduced to 46 overs and the target of winning was scored 236.
Before the rain, Afghanistan needed 75 runs in seven overs but after the rain the Duckworth-Lewis rule was 59 runs in three overs that the team could not achieve.