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Hong Kong marches to commanding eight-wicket win

Jamie Atkinson leads from the front to chase down Namibia's 114

Hong Kong marches to commanding eight-wicket win - Cricket News
Nadeem Ahmed was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers bagging three wickets for 18 runs.
Namibia went down to Hong Kong by eight wickets in the 33rd Match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (November 20).

Choosing to bat first, Namibia got off to a steady start before Haseeb Amjad, the medium pacer, struck in the eighth over, dismissing Stephan Baard for 10 to start Namibia's slide. Namibia lost a wicket each in the two overs to follow, struggling at 57 for 4 in 9.2 overs. Sarel Burger, the captain, played a cautious 24-ball knock of 19, but without any other batsman making a significant contribution, the Namibian innings ended at 111 for 9 in 20 overs.

Nadeem Ahmed was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers bagging three wickets for 18 runs. 

Hong Kong's chase was rattled by an early blow as Bernard Scholtz ran out Irfan Ahmed, the opener, off the second ball of the innings. Waqas Barkat and Jamie Atkinson, the Hong Kong captain, consolidated the innings with a second-wicket partnership of 85. Atkinson went on to score a half-century before being dismissed by LP van der Westhuizen in the 14th over. Barkat and Nizakat Khan strung together a mature unbeaten partnership of 26 after Atkinson's departure, to hand Hong Kong a commanding eight-wicket victory.

Speaking about the emphatic victory, Atkinson, who was named the Man of the Match award, said, "I think it was very good after our loss to UAE in the last match. We batted really well, showed lot of character to bounce back. We were very disappointed yesterday when we lost, but it's good to be back on the winning side.”

Hong Kong will take on USA in its next Group A clash on Friday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2 in Abu Dhabi, as Namibia play Canada on Saturday.

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