Hong Kong U16 cricketers set to square off with Afghanistan

Hong Kong U16 cricketers set to square off with Afghanistan

Easy win over Iran makes it three out of three for Hong Kong's young cricketers, and sets up a title decider against Afghanistan

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Raag Kapur on his way to a century.
Raag Kapur on his way to a century.
Photo: SCMP photos

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Raag Kapur was named man of the match.
Raag Kapur was named man of the match.
Photo: SCMP photos

Hong Kong’s all-rounder Raag Kapur smashed a century to set up a 250-run win over Iran. It was Hong Kong's third consecutive victory in the ACC U16 Elite Cup in Qatar and sets up a title decider against Afghanistan.

In Monday's match against Iran, Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat. Hong Kong dominated the innings, with a hundred scored by Raag Kapur and a fifty by skipper Jhatha Subramanyan. Kapur reached a blistering 112 off 104 balls, including 5 fours and 6 sixes, while Subramanyan hit a well-played 74 after opener Mohammad Usman was dismissed for 38.

Following the 162-run partnership between Kapur and Subramanyan in the first innings, Haroon Arshad (30) and Hamed Khan (13 not out) also added valuable runs towards the end. Iran was set a mammoth target of 294.

Hong Kong’s bowling proved to be excellent again, and it showed from the start as Karandeep Singh clean-bowled Iran’s opening batsman for a diamond duck. Singh then successfully sent the next two Iranian batsmen packing cheaply. Iran was never comfortable at the crease throughout their innings, eventually being bowled out for just 43, even after Hong Kong conceded 17 extras.

Hong Kong won by 250 runs for their third successive victory of the tournament. 

Hong Kong U16’s Head Coach Asif Hussain said: “I am very proud of Raag Kapur’s hundred. What makes it more special is that he worked very hard over the past four months to be a great opener.

“This is the kind of performance I was expecting from the boys and they achieved it. We`re on to the big one now. Afghanistan has demolished every team that has come in their way.  The two teams haven't met each other before. Our Hong Kong boys are well prepared to take on the Afghans in the coming final match.”

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