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Afzal inspires Hong Kong to massive win

Allrounder smashes 73, then picks up 3 for 31 as UAE goes down by 136 runs

Afzal inspires Hong Kong to massive win - Cricket News
Hong Kong put on another convincing show to get the better of United Arab Emirates on Wednesday (November 18) and finish on top of the points table in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.
A clinical effort with both bat and ball resulted in Hong Kong notching up a 136-run win at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai to muster six points from four games. UAE is seventh on the table after suffering its third successive loss in the championship.
Hong Kong, coming into the game after an 89-run win against the same opponent a couple of days ago, elected to bat first and made 282 for 8 from 50 overs, courtesy a smashing 73 from Tanwir Afzal.
Afzal the medium pacer was then in the thick of things as he bagged three wickets and conceded a mere 31 runs from his 10-over spell to help his side bowl UAE out for 146 from 40.1 overs.

Afzal’s impact on the result was felt later, but Hong Kong’s control of proceedings started early in the day. 
Anshuman Rath and Waqas Barkat, the openers, got the side off to a quality start as they added 63 runs in 15 overs. Following Barkat’s dismissal, Hong Kong was not able to stitch solid partnerships but Rath made 53 to keep one end going.
But the real burst came when Afzal arrived at the crease and cut loose. The right-hand allrounder came up 73 from 33 deliveries with seven sixes and a four. Aizaz Khan’s unbeaten 37 late in the order too helped Hong Kong’s cause.
The task was daunting for UAE, and that it was down five wickets with just 80 runs on board didn’t help its cause, but Shaiman Anwar kept its hopes alive by holding one end up. 
Unfortunately, Anwar’s 99-ball 71 couldn’t stop Hong Kong from taking wickets at the other end as Afzal and Nadeem Ahmed finished with three wickets apiece. Haseeb Amjad and Rath bagged a couple each to ensure UAE’s innings came to an end with just under ten overs to spare. 

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