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Hayat, Chapman help Hong Kong end on a high

Duo smash unbeaten half-centuries to help chase down Oman’s 149 for 4 in third and final T20I to give Hong Kong a consolation win

Hayat, Chapman help Hong Kong end on a high - Cricket News
Hong Kong celebrate the win.
An unbeaten 127-run stand between Babar Hayat and Mark Chapman helped Hong Kong register an eight-wicket win over Oman to finish the three-match Twenty20 International series on a high at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (November 26), having come into the game with the series already lost.

Oman had won the first two T20Is, and put up 149 for 4 from 20 overs – the highest score in the series – and then reduced Hong Kong to 28 for 2 within the first five overs.  Signs were suggestive of a tough run chase but the clinical third-wicket alliance between Hayat (65 not out off 45) and Chapman (63 not out off 41) saw Hong Kong reach 155 for 2 from 18.3 overs.

Earlier, Hong Kong’s decision to bowl first was beginning to take turn for the worse as Khawar Ali and Zeeshan Maqsood, the openers, added 34 runs from 3.4 overs. Haseeb Ahmed was able to break the partnership by dismissing Khawar, and Hong Kong also benefitted from Aaqib Sulehri’s retirement after the batsman faced just one delivery.

Jatinder Singh’s stay at the crease was cut short by Aizaz Khan, and the medium pacer struck again in his next over, as he scalped Zeeshan.  Down to 48 for 3, Oman needed of some runs and they came from Adnan Ilyas and Aamir Kaleem.

The duo, who added a crucial 47 runs for the fourth wicket in the second game, once again stepped up to the challenge and added 101 runs before Ilyas fell off the last delivery of Oman’s innings for 49 off 46. Kaleem remained unbeaten on 46 off 37.

Hong Kong has had trouble getting off to a good start, and the problem returned to haunt the side when Kinchit Shah was bowled by Ajay Lalcheta. There was a period of rebuilding as Anshuman Rath and Hayat came together, but Rath handed Sultan Ahmed, the wicketkeeper, a catch off Mehran Khan to leave Hong Kong reeling at 28 for 2.

Hayat and Chapman, however, delivered when Hong Kong needed most, and saw the side through, their partnership stretching across 14 overs with runs scored at better than nine per over.

Hong Kong’s next assignment comes a couple of days from now where it faces Afghanistan at the same venue for a one-off T20I.  Oman plays Afghanistan in two T20Is at the same venue on November 29 and November 30.

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