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Washout gives Hong Kong T20I series win

Second match against Ireland abandoned without a ball being bowled

Washout gives Hong Kong T20I series win - Cricket News
A washout in the second T20I meant Hong Kong took the series 1-0.
The second and final Twenty20 International between Ireland and Hong Kong was abandoned without a ball bowled at Bready Cricket Club in Magheramason on Tuesday (September 6), giving Hong Kong the series 1-0 after its 40-run win in the first T20I on Monday.
 
In the first match, Hong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan’s brisk half-century and good hands from Babar Hayat (49) and Ehsan Khan (29 not out) to post 169 for 5 in 20 overs. Ireland’s reply suffered due to lack of substantial partnerships as Hong Kong bowled the home side out for 129 in 19.3 overs.
 
Opting to bat, Hong Kong got off to a swift start with Nizakat and Aizaz Khan, the openers, putting on 41 in just 4.4 overs. Craig Young, the right-arm pacer, dismissed Aizaz for 5, but Hayat and and Nizakat added 56 for the second wicket to steady the innings. 
 
Hong Kong was jolted by a couple of wickets, but Hayat stood firm, racing to a 31-ball 49 with two fours and as many sixes. Ehsan’s unbeaten cameo then took Hong Kong past the 150-run mark. Young was expensive, going for 56 runs in four overs while scalping just one wicket.
 
Ireland’s chase got off to a disastrous start as it lost its top four batsmen inside the Power Play with just 24 runs on the board. A 59-run fifth-wicket stand between Kevin O’Brien and Greg Thompson steered Ireland back on track. But Ehsan ended the stand by dismissing O’Brien for a well-made 24-ball 32 that included three fours and a six.
 
Wickets continued to tumble from then on, and once Aizaz got rid of Thompson for 44, Ireland completely lost the plot and folded for 129 as the last four wickets went down for the addition of just seven runs.
 
Aizaz was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers, returning 3 for 10 in three overs, while Afzal, Nadeem and Tanveer picked up two wickets each.

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