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Zimbabwe trounce Hong Kong to reach Super Six

Hamilton Masakadza played a decisive knock for Zimbabwe against Hong Kong
Hamilton Masakadza played a decisive knock for Zimbabwe against Hong Kong

Zimbabwe 263-9 (Masakadza 84) beat
Hong Kong 174 (Rath 85) by 89 runs
15th Match, Group B, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Bulawayo

Hamilton Masakadza played a decisive 84-run knock to help Zimbabwe complete a 89-run victory in the 15th game of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers against Hong Kong in Bulawayo to claim a spot in the Super Six.

This is Zimbabwe's third win in as many games as they top Group B while Hong Kong are at fourth place and now need to win their final game to make it to the next round at the expense of Afghanistan.

Hong Kong won the toss and opted to bowl first. Cephas Zhuwawo (45) provided a blistering start to the Zimbabwe innings with his 25-ball knock that had six boundaries and three sixes as they reached the 50-run mark in the fifth over.

Ehsan Nawaz (4-47) provided the breakthrough with the wicket of Zhuwauo but Solomon Mire (20) and Masakadza (84) continued from where he left as Zimbabwe ended the first powerplay with a score of 81 for one.

Even though Mire was trapped LBW by Nadeem Ahmed (1-49), Masakadza reached his fifty off 61 deliveries and his 98 run stand with Brendan Taylor (46) put Zimbabwe in a dominant position of 179 for two in 29 overs.

However, Hong Kong made a tremendous comeback in the final 20 overs as Aizaz Khan (2-41), Nawaz and Ehsan Khan (2-51) as they conceded just 85 runs in the final 22 overs and claimed seven wickets as well to keep Zimbabwe down to 263 for nine in the 50 overs.

Kyle Jarvis (20-2) and Tendai Chatara (1-18) bowled one of the best spell with the new ball as they removed Nizakat (13) and Aizaz (1) in the first powerplay to keep them down to 31 for two.

Graeme Cremer (2-42) introduced himself in the 11th over and immediately got success removing his opposite number Babar Hayat (14). Anshuman Rath (85) tried to hold one end up but was lacking support from the other batsmen as Hong Kong were bowled out for 174.

Raza (3-30) picked three wickets while Sean Williams (2-44), Jarvis and Cremer picked two wickets apiece.

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