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ODI hopes still alive despite third loss in WCL2

25 April 2019

Hong Kong fell to their third consecutive defeat in Namibia after going down to USA by 84 runs on Wednesday. Fortuitously, Canada beat PNG in meaning that Hong Kong is still in the fight for the crucial fourth spot, even if they don’t win their last match.

Here’s the table as it stands after four of five matches. Oman and USA have already now qualified:

Team

Win

Loss

Points

NRR

Oman

4

0

8

0.686

Q

USA

3

1

6

1.105

Q

Namibia

2

2

4

0.923

HK

1

3

2

-0.529

Canada

1

3

2

-0.74

PNG

1

3

2

-1.512

Final round matches:

Canada v USA (Wanderers)

Namibia v HK (Windhoek Affies Park)

PNG v Oman (United)

Hong Kong have the better net run rate of the bottom three sides and a win against the hosts on Friday will all but arithmetically guarantee a spot in CWC League 2 and ODI status for HK.

If the three teams on one win at the moment, HK Canada and PNG all lose on Friday, it will all down to net run rate to determine the all-important fourth, fifth and sixth place.

After finally winning a toss Ashy Rath elected to field first and when USA lost Monank Patel to Kinchit Shah in the second over things seemed to be leaning in Hong Kong’s direction, but from then on it was all USA.

That wicket brought former West Indies Test player Xavier Marshall and former skipper Steven Taylor together. After a slow start they put on 184, the fourth-highest-ever partnership for USA in 50 over cricket.

When both batters were dismissed things did quiet down due to some good HK death bowling. But after a runout appeal against Timil Patel was turned down despite replays indicating he was short of his ground, he played a key cameo for USA. He remained unbeaten on 32 from 12 balls – hitting the final two deliveries of the innings for six.

Kinchit Shah was the stand out bowler again taking 4/35 from overs. He now has ten for the tournament.

Hong Kong’s chase got off to what seemed a good start after Atkinson played some sweetly timed boundaries but he was caught by a fielder who appeared to some to be one of three behind square – he had to depart, and not many balls after, a No ball was called for three behind square.

USA’s Ali Khan continued his impressive tournament, trapping the skipper Rath on the back foot right in front of middle stump and from then on – beyond a fighting 45 from 91 from Kinchit Shah, and the unbeaten stand of 66 between Aizaz Khan (35) and Ehsan Khan (31) – which may yet to prove a crucial one if it comes down to NRR after Friday’s matches are completed – Hong Kong’s batting performance left much to be desired.

Skipper Anshuman Rath lamented the performance.

“USA pretty much outplayed us, Xavier (Marshall) and (Steven) Taylor batted really well and we didn’t take wickets in the middle period which was crucial. USA did and (was therefore able) to go big at the end.

“With the ball, they were very disciplined I don’t think we quite accrued partnerships unfortunately, but going into the next game it’s do or die, it’s a simple equation: we win; we have ODI status; and if we lose we are relying on other results.

“There’s definitely a lot of pressure going into the next game but hopefully the lads can perform.”

Hong Kong’s final round match is against the hosts Namibia at Affies Park and will begin at 3.30pm HKT.