The Twenty20 portion of Hong Kong's tour of the UAE has got off to a poor start as they lost by 6 wickets to Oman today in Abu Dhabi.
Oman captain Sultan Ahmed won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Before play got underway, players and officials lined the field to observe a minutes silence in memory of Namibia's Raymond van Schoor, who died yesterday in Windhoek after suffering a stroke during a match the previous weekend.
The Hong Kong innings never really got going as they found themselves on 56 when Mark Chapman was the sixth man out during the tenth over. Chris Carter and Waqas Khan were able to last 7.4 overs, but there was to be no repeat of the late big hitting seen in the ODIs against the UAE earlier in the week.
The pair put on 36 for that seventh wicket partnership, and that was the highest partnership in the innings. Bilal Khan was the pick of the Omani bowlers with 3-29 as Hong Kong were restricted to 106-9 from their 20 overs.
The Oman reply initially looked to be going much the same way as the Hong Kong innings. They had only managed 43-4 at the halfway stage, but Zeeshan Siddiqui and Sultan Ahmed were able to put on an unbroken partnership of 64 to secure the six wicket win.
These two sides will meet again in the second match of the three match series on Wednesday at the same venue. Both teams have matches before then though. Oman will play a T20I against the UAE at this venue tomorrow, whilst Hong Kong will take a trip to the ICC Academy ground in Dubai to play Pakistan on Monday.
Oman beat Hong Kong by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 21 November
Hong Kong 106-9 (20 overs, Bilal Khan 3-29)
Oman 107-4 (18.3 overs, Sultan Ahmed 37*)