Hong Kong on course to force victory

Chasing a massive 507, Netherlands ends penultimate day on 48 for 2
HK Day 3

An all-round display led by Anshuman Rath's 77-ball 88 helped Hong Kong take giant strides towards victory on the third day of its ICC Intercontinental Cup match at the Mission Road Ground in Hong Kong on Sunday (February 12).

Chasing a massive target of 507, Netherlands ended the day on 48 for 2 with Ben Cooper (19) and Wesley Barressi (5) in the middle.

Netherlands began the day on 216 for 5 and was bowled out for 284 in reply to Hong Kong's first-innings score of 527 for 9 declared. Hong Kong then piled on quick runs and declared on 263 for 6 in 53 overs to set Netherlands a huge target with one day and a bit to to go.

A lot of Netherlands' chances in the first innings to reduce the deficit when play began on the third morning depended on Roelof van der Merwe, who resumed on 113. He, however, added just 12 to his tally and was the first to go, opening the gates for Hong Kong. The rest of the innings folded quickly.

Hong Kong's quick dash in the second innings was set up by the top-order with Chris Carter (35), Babar Hayat (31) and Nizakat Khan (32) giving a solid platform. Anshuman, the No. 5, then upped the ante slamming a quick half-century in a knock that saw five fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Waqas Khan (36), the pair adding 93 off 94 balls for the fifth wicket.

Hong Kong declared after Anshuman was run out 12 short of a century.

Netherlands' massive challenge in the second innings got off on a wrong note as it lost Stephan Myburg, caught behind off Tanwir Afzal off the second ball of the chase. Max O'Dowd, the other opener, hung around for a while before being bowled for 22 by Ehsan Nawaz, minutes before stumps.

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