20 April 2019
Anshuman Rath has played a fine captain’s knock in a player of the match performance to lead Hong Kong home against Canada in their first World Cricket League Division Two match in Windhoek on Saturday.
Hong Kong chased down Canada’s score of 222 with an impressive seven wickets and 16 balls remaining.
In an innings marked with impeccable shot selection and strike rotation, Rath compiled 114 not out from 150 balls during which he struck four boundaries and one glorious six over extra cover.
After the game he spoke of how important this was to the squad and that he was particularly happy with the chase considering Hong Kong’s struggles with chasing in recent times.
He was well supported by the returning Jamie Atkinson in an opening stand of 90 before the former captain was unluckily adjudged LBW by a ball that appeared to take an inside edge first.
Kinchit Shah and Ashan Abbasi scored a pair of 27s putting on 60 and 63 with Rath, respectively. When Abbasi was stumped, Hong Kong required twenty runs – and the final six of them came from a booming Babar Hayat lofted drive that cleared the rope, the media tent, and continued on sailing out of Wanderers Affies Park.
Shah continued his form on from the Asia Cup with the ball earlier in the day when he made the first breakthrough. In the second over, Gunasekara went to turn a ball to the legside from a ball Shah bowled a little slower. The front edge looped back to the bowler for Hong Kong’s first scalp.
Dhaliwal 44 (86) and Wijeyeratne 44 (64) then put on a steady 81 from 22 overs before Ehsan Khan broke the partnership in his first over.
Some typically miserly bowling form Tanwir Afzal complemented the economical off spin of Shah and Ehsan Khan, while debutant Jhatha Subramanyan took his first wicket for Hong Kong in a spell of six over that went for 36.
Kinchit Shah came back on for the death overs – and was rewarded for his accurate bowling by taking a hattrick from the final three balls of the innings; LBW, stumped and the third was a great effort from Babar Hayat running in from long on to take a low catch diving forward.
Tomorrow Hong Kong face a PNG side who will be desperate for a win after going down to the hosts yesterday in a low-scoring thriller at the Wanderers Ground. After being sent into bat the Barramundis collapsed to be all out for 119. The did have the Namibian side 88/7 but Frylinck and Smit saw them home.
They play at Trustco United ground where Oman continued their six-game winning streak over the USA, chasing down 148 in the 48th over after earlier being three wickets down for 17.
Hong Kong 223/3 (47.2 overs) defeated Canada 222/8 (5)
Anshuman Rath 114* (150) (POTM)
Jamie Atkinson 35 (50)
Kinchit Shat 4/32 (9)
Ehsan Khan 1/30 10)
Aizaz Khan 1/26 (7)
Game commences at 9.30am local time (3.30pm HKT). Look out for links to coverage.