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Asia Cup 2016, Qualifier 2: Babar's ton in vain as Oman beat Hong Kong

Hong Kong batsman Babar Hayat's splendid knock of 122 went in vain as Hong Kong lost to Oman by 5 runs in the second match of the Asia Cup Qualifiers.

Cricketnext Staff |February 19, 2016, 11:19 PM IST
Asia Cup 2016, Qualifier 2: Babar's ton in vain as Oman beat Hong Kong

Hong Kong batsman Babar Hayat's splendid knock of 122 went in vain as Hong Kong lost to Oman by 5 runs in the second match of the Asia Cup Qualifiers.

Oman put up a tricky total of 180/5 in 20 overs and then restricted Hong Kong to 175/7.

Babar, who came out to bat in the first over after Hong Kong lost opener Anshuman Rath for duck, hit 9 fours and 7 sixes during his 60-ball innings.

Babar's ton is now the fourth highest score in Twenty20 internationals after Aaron Finch (156), Shane Watson (124) and Brendon McCullum (123).

Babar kept the scorecard ticking but didn't get enough support from the other Hong Kong batsmen as Oman bowlers kept striking at regular intervals.

For Oman, Bilan Khan, Lalcheta, Ansari, Maqsood and Amir Ali all contributed with one wicket each.

Earlier, Oman who won the toss and opted to bat, were aided by Jatinder Shah's 35-ball 42 and an unbeaten 50-run partnership for the 6th wicket between Mehran Khan (28*) and Amir Ali (32*).

Both Mehran and Ali's blitz in the death overs helped Oman set a strong total on board.

For Hong Kong, Nadeem Ahmed took 3 for 27, while Haseeb Amjad and Chapman took one wicket each.

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