Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and South Africa were sensationally knocked out of the Hong Kong Sixes on day two of the tournament in Kowloon at the expense of unfancied sides such as Scotland and the hosts Hong Kong.
Pool C: Hong Kong 92-3 beat Pakistan 87 all out by 3 wickets
Pakistan became the first team to be bowled out inside their five overs during this year’s competition as they suffered defeat at the hands of Hong Kong in the day’s first match. Munir Dar bowled the opening over, which went for only four runs, after Pakistan had chosen to bat and when Peter Wooden followed that up with the wickets of Abdul Razzaq and Sohail Tanvir in the second over the visitors looked like they might be humiliated. However, Umar Akmal got things back on track with a nine-ball 44 as they were dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings for 87. The home side were never really troubled in the run chase as Nizakat Khan anchored the innings with a thrilling seven-ball 34 and they got home in the final over.
Pool B: Bangladesh 101-0 beat Australia 97-1 by 6 wickets
Australia were condemned to a last-ball defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the second match of the day. They made 97 for one after batting first with openers Jason Floros (34 from 11 balls) and Rhett Lockyear (24 from 10) getting the innings off to a good start before Scott Coyte added late impetus with a six-ball 30. Both Bangladeshi openers, Enamul Haque and Rony Talakdar, were forced to retire in the run chase after passing 30, with wicket-keeper Shabbir Rahman seeing them over the line with an unbeaten 32 from eight balls.
Pool A: Scotland 80-1 beat Woodworm All Stars 77-1 by 5 wickets
The much-heralded All Stars team were humiliated by an efficient Scotland side in their first match of the tournament. The in-form Calum MacLeod hit an 11-ball 37 in the Scotland run chase and was aided by a brisk 23 from seven balls from fellow opener Preston Mommsen as the Saltires eased home by five wickets. Earlier, Sanath Jayasuriya had top-scored for the All Stars with 34 from 13 balls, but Gordon Goudie (none for six) and Safyaan Sharif (none for nine) both bowled tidily to restrict them to 77 from their five overs.
Pool C: India 100-2 beat South Africa 95-3 by 5 runs
India maintained their 100 per cent record with a closely fought five-run win over an underperforming South Africa side in the day’s fourth match. Mayank Agarwal and Manvinder Bisla were both forced to retire for the reigning 50-over champions as they passed 30, while a late cameo from Shalabh Srivastava (16 from five) ensured that they reached three figures. Opener Lenert van Wyk hit a 16-ball 36 in the South African reply, but it was left to a destructive 31 from six balls from the dangerous Lyall Meyer to get them close as they eventually ended short on 95 for three.
Pool A: Sri Lanka 119-0 beat New Zealand 75-4 by 44 runs
Sri Lanka handed the biggest defeat of the tournament to a dispirited New Zealand side as they racked up 119 before restricting the Kiwis to 75 for four. The opening duo of Kusal Perera and Chamara Kapugedera both eased past 30 with eight sixes between them and Sachith Shanaka added a late unbeaten 23 from seven balls as the Sri Lankans equalled the highest score of the competition to date. All of their bowlers conceded less than 15 from their overs in the New Zealand reply with Derek de Boorder (34 from 14) the only Kiwi batsman to get going.
Pool B: Ireland 88-3 beat England 82-0 by 6 runs
George Dockrell (none for six) and Paul Stirling (none for seven) tied England’s batsmen down with some accurate spin bowling as Ireland overcame them by six runs in Kowloon. Peter Trego top-scored for England with a laboured 33, but it was left to Darren Stevens to hit all three balls that he received for six to haul the Lions up close to the Irish total. Niall O’Brien was once again the batting hero for Ireland as he hit an eight-ball 35, with John Mooney also impressing with 20 from seven balls.
Pool C: Hong Kong 87-1 beat South Africa 85-3 by 5 wickets
Hong Kong confirmed South Africa’s exit from the Sixes with a comfortable five-wicket thrashing. Dillon du Preez top-scored for the Saffers with 31 from 11 balls but Munir Dar again bowled tidily to help restrict them to 85 from their five overs. Dar then hit 33 from nine balls and wicket-keeper Babar Hayat hit 32 from six as the home side eased home with eight balls to spare.
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