Hong Kong beat South Africa and Pakistan to reach quarter finals
The Hong Kong Sixes has become a happy hunting ground for the three associate sides taking part this year. Newcomers Ireland and Scotland have reached the quarter finals, whilst hosts Hong Kong have joined them after wins over South Africa and Pakistan today.
They played India on the opening day and a big total of 117-1 from their 5 overs wasn't enough as India won by 5 wickets, reaching their target from the last ball of their innings.
Hong Kong opened the second day of play against Pakistan. They started well, with Munir Ahmed going for just four runs from the first over, before Peter Wooden took the wickets of Abdul Razzaq and Sohail Tanvir in consecutive deliveries in the second over, leaving Pakistan on 12-2.
A recovery of sorts then took place, led by Umar Akmal. Akmal was required to retire once he reached 30, but came back when Najeeb Amar took the wicket of Hammad Azam in the final over. Yasir Shah was run out two balls later, leaving Akmal to bat on his own under the unique rules of the tournament.
He didn't last long and was dismissed from the penultimate ball of the innings to leave his team on a total of 87.
A partnership of 54 for the second wicket, led by Khan's 34 from just seven balls, was the backbone of the Hong Kong run chase, and they reached their target with two balls to spare when Tanwir Afzal hit his second ball for six.
The afternoon match against South Africa saw Munir Ahmed against start well, going for just seven from the first over. South Africa then scored 31 from the second over, but Hong Kong fought back to restrict them to 85-3, Najeeb Amar taking two wickets in the final over.
Hong Kong's run chase started with with Munir Ahmed scoring 33 from 9 balls and Babar Hayat scoring 32 from 6 balls before both were required to retire. The score was 80 before the first wicket fell. Hong Kong reached their target with 8 balls to spare, Tanwir Afzal again hitting the winning runs.
Hong Kong will now play Scotland in tomorrow's quarter-finals, whilst a Hong Kong Development team will play China between the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The day will open with a match between the Hong Kong and China women's teams.