Hong Kong takes the lead on gruelling day- ICC ICUP Round 7 Day 2 Update

Hong Kong Captain Babar Hayat smash an unbeaten century to help guide Hong Kong to a first innings lead against the Hebou PNG Barramundis on Day 2 of the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) Round 7 Fixture in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates yesterday.

Resuming the day at 2/50, Hong Kong lost Anshurman Rath (22), caught and bowled off the bowling of Chad Soper, before Hayat and Nizakat Khan (35) put on 82 runs for the fourth wicket in over 30 overs. Hebou PNG Barramundis’ bowlers bowled tight lines and length, not letting the Hong Kong batsmen get away with the run-rate hovering around the two (2) mark all day and getting wickets throughout the day.

Hong Kong managed to eventually crawl to stumps on day two (2) at 8/269 after Ehsan Nawaz was bowled off the last ball of the day by Mahuru Dai. Hayat was undoubtedly the star of the day, playing a magnificent innings, to be unbeaten on 140 runs at the end of the day. Hayat batted all day, combating the discipline bowling of the Hebou PNG Barramundis, hitting twenty (20) boundaries and two (2) massive sixes to help guide Hong Kong to a first innings lead of  32 runs with two (2) wickets remaining.

Chad Soper was the best with the ball for the Hebou PNG Barramundis, picking up incredible figures of 3/26 off a marathon 24 overs. Damien Ravu, playing only his second ICUP fixture picked up 2/40 off 17 overs while Norman Vanua, Mahuru Dai and Lega Siaka all picked up a wicket each.

Going into the final round of the ICC ICUP Fixtures, the Hebou PNG Barramundis were sitting in sixth place on 43 points after recording victories over Netherlands (Round 1) and Namibia (Round 4) while Hong Kong are in seventh (7th) place on 39 points.

Match Summary (Day 2 Stumps)                                                                  

1st Innings

Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/237 (77.3) Tony Ura 62, Kipling Doriga 40, Assad Vala 40, Lega Siaka 32, John Boge Reva 25, Nadeem Ahmed 5/72 (29.2), Ehsan Khan 3/66 (23)

Hong Kong 8/269 (112.4) Babar Hayat 140*, Nizakat Khan 35, Ehsan Khan 30, Chad Soper 3/26 (24), Damien Ravu 2/40 (17), Lega Siaka 1/20 (8)

Hong Kong lead by 32 runs on the 1st innings