28 January 2014
Hong Kong eases to victory over Namibia
Nizakat and Chapman help side post 283 for 9 and bowlers then restrict Namibia to 207 in Super Sixes clash
Nizakat Khan scored 85 and put on a 155-run stand with Mark Chapman.
Nizakat Khan (85) and Mark Chapman (82) starred with the bat, and Haseeb Amjad and Tanwir Afzal then shared seven wickets between them as Hong Kong registered a 76-run win against Namibia in a Super Sixes clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013-14 on Tuesday (January 28).
Hong Kong put up 283 for 9 in 50 overs, and then dismissed Namibia for 207 in 43.3 overs at the Mainpower Oval in Rangiora.
Nizakat and Chapman came together in the seventh over, with Hong Kong slipping to 37 for 3 after electing to bat first. The duo turned the match around with a 155-run stand off 202 balls to stabilise the innings and set the platform for a match-winning total. Chapman was caught off Bernanrd Scholtz in the 41st over after a 111-ball innings, but Nizakat carried on with brief partnerships of 37 and 26 with Babar Hayat (24) and Tanwir Afzal (21) respectively, before he was caught off Christi Viljoen with 19 deliveries remaining in the innings. Chapman’s innings included seven boundaries, while Nizakat, who had batted for 114 balls, hit six boundaries and a six.
Louis Klazinga, the right-arm pacer, took four wickets, but was expensive, going for 65 runs in 10 overs. JJ Smit and Viljoen chipped in with two wickets each, while Scholtz accounted for the crucial wicket of Chapman.
Namibia started the chase well but lost too many wickets, slipping to 94 for 5 in 21 overs. Craig Williams and Viljoen then came together for a 70-run stand off 99 balls, but were faced with a mounting required rate. Nadeem Ahmed, the left-arm spinner, broke the stand when he caught Williams off his own bowling. The dismissal of Williams, who scored 59 off 91 balls, triggered a collapse and with Viljoen (40 off 55 balls) too departing soon after, Namibia lost its final five wickets for just 43 runs.
Amjad was the pick of Hong Kong’s bowlers, returning 4 for 33 off eight overs. Tanwir Afzal took three wickets while giving away 41 runs off 8.3 overs.
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