It's been a rough few days for Hong Kong and Nepal in Sri Lanka. With the rain putting paid to the originally scheduled three match T20I series in Dambulla, the teams decamped to Colombo for a one-day match and a one-off Twenty20 International.
The one-day match was rained off yesterday in weather that also put paid to an England warm-up game, but the Twenty20 match scheduled for today fortunately was played to a finish.
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bowl first. To say the batsmen struggled would be an understatement. When the eighth wicket fell in Nepal's 12th over, they had only scored 25. Had it not been for number 10 batsman Sompal Kami, Nepal were in danger of setting the lowest T20I score.
Kami scored 40 from 31 balls - the highest ever T20I score by a number 10 - with 36 of those runs being the only boundaries hit in the entire innings. Nobody else scored over five. The final total for Nepal was 72 as they lost their final wicket from the final ball. Four Hong Kong bowlers took two wickets, but the best of the bunch was Aizaz Khan, who conceded just four runs from his four overs, giving him the most economical four over spell in any Twenty20 International.
Hong Kong then showed that the low scoring was perhaps more down to the conditions than the infamously often brittle Nepal batting line-up, as they were quickly reduced to 21-5 by the ninth over. They however had two batsmen able to reach double figures, with Aizaz Khan and Anas Khan providing some stability in the middle order.
They both scored 21 - Anas Khan being unbeaten - as Hong Kong completed a two wicket win with one ball to spare. Hong Kong have two first-class three-day matches scheduled to round out their tour, and they will be hoping for a much improved weather forecast.
Hong Kong beat Nepal by 2 wickets
P Sara Oval, Colombo, 24 November
Nepal 72 (20 overs, Sompal Kami 40)
Hong Kong 73-8 (19.5 overs)