It went according to script. Afghanistan demolished Hong Kong in the first day’s play of ICC Intercontinental Cup on Friday and then put up a big first-innings total and counting. After bowling out Hong Kong for 142, Afghanistan posted 270/2 when stumps were drawn on the first day’s play.
Rashid Khan, Javed Ahmadi were the star performers for Afghanistan on the first day’s play. Rashid took a five-wicket haul, while Ahmadi cracked a ton opening the innings.
Choosing to bat first, Hong Kong were bowled out for 142 with Rashid Khan doing the most damage taking 5/65. It was Dawlat Zadran though who provided the first breakthrough. He induced an edge off Matt Stiller’s bat to keeper Afsar Zazai for 6.
Rashid then came to the party, dismissing opener Christopher Carter LBW for 21. He then dismissed Hong Kong skipper Babar Hayat LBW for 39 who top-scored for his team. Hayat’s 39 came off 47 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Waqas Khan and Waqas Barkat provided late resistance with a score of 23 each. But Rashid and Zadran made sure they bowled out Hong Kong for below 150. Zadran took 3/15 to complement Rashid’s efforts.
In reply, Afghanistan openers Javed Ahmadi and Ihsanullah provided a first-wicket stand of 124 with both punishing the bowling attack. Ihsanullah fell for 63 off 82 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. Ahmadi was run-out for 108 off 113 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes. Rahmat Shah (34*) and skipper Asghar Stanikzai (58*) were batting when stumps were drawn.
Brief scores: First day’s play: Hong Long 142 (Babar Hayat 39, Rashid Khan 5/65) vs Afghanistan 270/2 (Javed Ahmadi 108)