Asian Games 2010: Afghanistan sets-up clash with Pakistan in semi-final of T20 tournament

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The 12th Day of the Asian Games 2010 saw the Afghanistan cricket team outclassing Hong Kong earlier today as they registered a win by eight wickets to book a place in the semi-finals. becomes the third team to reach the semi-finals in the bid to win the first gold medal for the country.
The match was a one-sided affair as Hong Kong failed to restrict the men from Afghanistan as they neared the finishing line.
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat first but it seemed like the wrong decision as the openers failed to give a strong start with the only top scorer being who scored 31 off 30 balls.
Afghanistan’s bowling attack was very strong as to 63 runs off 17.4 overs
as the players were bowled out.
Afghanistan did not have a hard time in chasing the target as the openers did a mighty good job in stabling the team. Karim Sadiq smashed a brilliant six to make 12 runs whereas Captain Mohammad Shahzad remained not out as he made
20 runs off 29 balls that included a four and a six. was the other batsman who remained unbeaten, scoring 20 runs off 14 balls.
Hong Kong managed to take only two wickets as Afghanistan’s batsmen steered their country to a win in just 13.2 overs. The two wicket takers of Hong Kong were Irfan Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed.
The Guanggong International Cricket Stadium resounded in applause as the lanky men from Afghanistan posted a victory thanks to their superb bowling.
Afghanistan joins Pakistan, later this evening.
Afghanistan has quickly risen to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Division One as they qualified for the World Twenty20 Cup after winning the qualifying round in Dubai earlier this year. However, the country has narrowly
missed out a place to confirm their presence in the World Cup to be held in the Sub-Continent early next year.
The semi-finals round start from Thursday with and Afghanistan battling it out for a place in the Finals.



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