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Afghanistan v Hong Kong in numbers

A look at the key battles and facts ahead of Afghanistan's crucial clash with Hong Kong

Afghanistan v Hong Kong in numbers - Cricket News
Mohammad Shahzad needs three dismissals to become the ninth player to affect 20 wicket-keeper dismissals in T20Is.
With both teams having suffered massive defeats in their opening matches, Afghanistan and Hong Kong will look to gain some much-needed momentum. Here is a look at the key battles, approaching milestones and other facts from the crucial Afghanistan-Hong Kong clash.

Facts:

The 72 Afghanistan scored against Bangladesh was its lowest total in T20Is. 
Hong Kong recorded its lowest T20 score of 69 against Nepal in what was its first international appearance in the shortest format.   

In the match against Bangladesh, Samiullah Shenwari joined Hamid Hassan as Afghanistan’s joint-leading T20I wicket-taker – both players have 22 wickets. 
In the same match, Mohammad Shahzad recorded the 10th instance of a batsman being dismissed in the first ball of a T20I match.

The only previous T20 meeting between these teams, in March 2012, saw Afghanistan win by nine wickets, one of two occasions it has won a T20 match by this margin.  

Key Battles:

Samiullah Shenwari v Haseeb Amjad 

The performances of these players were rare highlights on chastening opening day defeats for Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Samiullah Shenwari extracted plenty of turn and bounce in taking the only Bangladesh wicket to fall, whilst Haseeb Amjad’s figures of 3-25 against Nepal showed he has the attributes to restrict teams in the power play and death overs. 

Haseeb’s 5-12 from four overs against Italy were the best figures at the qualifying tournament for this event, whilst Samiullah’s 5-13 against Kenya were the joint-second best. They are potent wicket-taking threats and will be the main concern for batting line-ups that might be low on confidence after their travails on match day one.

Approaching Milestones:

Samiullah Shenwari needs three wickets to become the first player to take 25 T20I wickets for Afghanistan. 

Mohammad Shahzad needs three dismissals to become the ninth player to take 20 wicket-keeper dismissals in T20Is. 

Jamie Atkinson is attempting to become the first player to win 10 T20 matches as captain of Hong Kong.

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