Hong Kong on Thursday defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team during the ICC World Cup qualifiers match by 30 runs.

Yesterday’s defeat against Hong Kong was the third consecutive loss of the Afghan team in ICC World Cup Qualifiers which follow after two straight losses against Scotland and Zimbabwe.

The Afghan team won the toss in their match against Hong Kong and elected to field first.

Hong Kong set 242 runs target from 50 overs and by losing 8 wickets with Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking three wickets each.

Sharafuddin Ashraf and Shapoor Zadran also took one wicket each on the bowling side but the Afghan batsmen once against fell short to chase the target.

The target and overs of the game was reduced after the match was affected by rain and Afghanistan needed 226 runs from 46 overs as per the D/L method.

However, the Afghan team managed to score only 195 runs from 46 overs and by losing 9 wickets with Dawlat Zadran scoring the highest runs. He scored 40 runs from 30 balls.

Other batsmen, Javed Ahmadi scored 22 runs, Ihsanullah 20 runs, Rahmat SShah 11 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 9 runs, Mohammad Nabi 38 runs, Najibullah Zadran 32 runs, Sharafuddin Ashraf 1 run, and Rashid Khan 14 runs.