World Cup Qualifiers: Hong Kong hand Afghanistan third loss

Mar 09, 2018, 08:43 IST | Agencies

Afghanistan crashed to their third straight World Cup qualifying defeat at the hands of Hong Kong yesterday, while captain Jason Holder led the West Indies to victory over Papua New Guinea

Afghan skipper Rashid Khan
Afghan skipper Rashid Khan

Afghanistan crashed to their third straight World Cup qualifying defeat at the hands of Hong Kong yesterday, while captain Jason Holder led the West Indies to victory over Papua New Guinea. After losses to Scotland and Zimbabwe, new Test side Afghanistan's hopes were hanging by a thread, but they collapsed to 195-9 in pursuit of 242 to beat Hong Kong, with rain ensuring a 30-run defeat on D/L method. Victory for Hong Kong in either of their two remaining Group B matches against Scotland and Nepal would see Rashid Khan's much-fancied Afghan outfit fail to even reach the Super Six stage.

Scotland became the first team to book their spot in the next round after beating Nepal by four wickets to make it three wins from three. An excellent unbeaten 99 from Holder led the Windies to a six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea, after they slipped to 58-4 while chasing 201 for a second consecutive victory.

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