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18-Mar-2012 17:06:00 GMT
ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers 2011-12

Irfan Ahmed Leads The Way for Hong Kong

Dubai: Opener Irfan Ahmed's unbeaten 91 off 60 balls with 10 boundaries and two sixes helped Hong Kong beat Denmark by 35 runs in a Group A encounter at the Global Cricket Academy Oval 1, at Dubai.

On Sunday, Hong Kong after choosing to bat first posted 170-5 in its 20 overs. In its reply, Denmark was restricted to 135-9 in its 20 overs.

The key contributor for Hong Kong was opener Irfan Ahmed (91 n.o.: 60b, 104, 2x6). His stands, first worth 76 with Babar Hayat (28) for the opening wicket and later worth 49 with skipper James Atkinson (31) for the second were the key for Hong Kong.

For Denmark, Bobby Chawla (3-19) was the key wicket-taker.

The chase never really took off for Denmark. Kamran Mahmood (25), Aftab Ahmed (39) and Freddie Klokker (27) provided hope but the chase faltered mid-way.

For Hong Kong, Munir Dar (2-18) and Kinchit Shah (4-21) were the key wicket-takers.

Irfan Ahmed was named Man of the Match for his effort.

Irfan Ahmed said later: "I was really waiting for the opportunity to get in and make some runs.

Brief scores
Hong Kong
170 for 5 (Ahmed 91*, Atkinson 31, Chawla 3-19)
Denmark 135 for 9 (Ahmed 39, Shah 4-21)
Result Hong Kong won by 35 runs
MOM: Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong)

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