Samiullah Shenwari
Samiullah Shenwari appeals for a LBW against Tamim Iqbal. [Reuters]

Afghanistan face Hong Kong at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, on Tuesday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the next round of the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Where to Watch Live

The play starts at 9:30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPNCricinfo.


Afghanistan were annihilated by Bangladesh in the opening game of the T20 World Cup as the hosts managed to wrap up the game in 12 overs with nine wickets remaining.

Mohammad Nabi's side had to bat first as Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to field. But the Afghans could manage to score only 72 runs as they ran out of wickets in the 18th over.

Gulbadin Naib was their highest scorer with 21 runs while Shafiqullah and Karim Sadiq were second and third highest run-getters with 16 and 10 respectively.

Bangladesh then cruised to a comfortable win losing only one wicket as Samiullah Shenwari dismissed Tamim Iqbal leg before wicket.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong suffered an 80-run defeat against fellow associates Nepal in the second game of the competition on Sunday.

Despite losing eight wickets, Nepal posted a total of 149 runs in the opening innings. Haseeb Amjad took three wickets, while Nadeem Ahmed and Najeeb Amar took two and one respectively.

Aizaz Khan and Amjad were also responsible for two wickets as they quickly reacted to run out Sharad Vesawkar and Naresh Budayair.

However, Jamie Atkinson's side failed to salvage any challenge against their opponents as they were all out for just 69 runs. Babar Hayat, Waqas Barkat and Mark Chapman were the only batsmen for Hong Kong to hit double-digit runs with 20, 18 and 13 runs respectively.

Afghanistan and Hong Kong are currently third and fourth without any points in the Group A standings and both sides need a win if they are to stand a chance of finishing top of the group.

Team News


Probable Lineup: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Karim Sadiq, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf
Hong Kong

Probable Lineup: Irfan Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Jamie Atkinson (c & wk), Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Munir Dar, Tanwir Afzal, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Najeeb Amar