Khan and Choudhry lead Germany to victory
An excellent unbeaten 109-run partnership between captain Asif Khan (59*) and hard-hitting Imran Choudhry (60*) led Germany to a convincing 7 wicket victory over Israel in Group B at FB Fields.
Having seen their team stutter to 31-3 chasing Israel's 138, Khan and Choudhry steadied the German ship with some fine clean hitting, regularly chipping the ball over the infield and running hard.
Although Choudhry had to call for a runner in the 7th over, the burly right-hander continued to score freely, hitting legspinner Josh Evans for a straight six and following this up with a beautifully timed straight drive off the bowling of Samson that also cleared the ropes.
With the score at 78-3 in the 10th over the game was still very much in the balance but Israel couldn't stem the continuous flow of runs. Choudhry brought up his 50 in the 14th over with a neat leg glance, coming off only 27 balls, and he then dispatched the next ball for a towering six into the table tennis centre.
Khan reached his 50 a couple of overs later, a streaky edge off Nir Dokarkar going through third man for 4. The German captain then finished the game in style with a classy straight drive off Evans racing to the boundary.
Earlier, Daniel Hyman had been the main-stay of the Israeli innings, making a quick-fire 51. Kashif Haider was the pick of the German bowlers, returning the economical figures of 2-16 from 4 overs.
The win lifts Germany off the bottom of Group B and sees Israel still yet to record a win.