Hong Kong inflict huge defeat on UAE

Sport360 staff 08:07 15/11/2015
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Nadeem Ahmed was outstanding for Hong Kong.

Medium-pacer Haseeb Amjad  and left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed shared eight wickets between them to fashion Hong Kong’s massive win over the UAE, their first in the Intercontinental Cup.

At the ICC Academy Oval, Hong Kong won by 276 runs after they bundled out the UAE for just 105 runs in the second innings in 29.2 overs Saturday.

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Resuming at five for no loss, UAE were rocked by regular wickets, with nine of their batsmen failing to get to double-digit scores.

Debutant Laxman Sreekumar (61) and Qais Farooq (26) were the only two who managed to do that and were involved in a 65-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

UAE made a disastrous start to the day, losing Amjad Ali off the first ball of the morning session from Amjad, and they were quickly down to 5-2 when Usman Mushtaq was out of the first ball he faced.

It was virtually over for the hosts in the second over of the day, bowled by Aizaz Khan (2-20) as they lost Asif Iqbal and Swapnil Patil to 6-4 at that stage.

A delighted Babar Hayat, who made 113 in the first innings and set up the win, said: “It’s a great day for Hong Kong, beating the UAE in a first class game – it is a special day for the whole team.”

“The game has pretty much gone to script as far as we are concerned,” Hong Kong coach Simon Cook said. “This was the icing on the cake, to do it so convincingly in the first session.

“We had discussed about how important the first hour was today, and that would really set up the day, and it proved so, with the UAE losing five wickets for one run in the space of about 15 balls.”

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