Afghanistan and Hong Kong will go head to head in what will be a match that will decide which of these two sides join Ireland and Scotland in the World T20 next year. Afghanistan v Hong Kong betting tips can be found at the end of this piece.
Hong Kong won by five wickets off the last ball of the match. World T20 betting tips & odds here.
Afghanistan will be feeling a tad unlucky having to feature in this playoff to get through to the World T20 next year in India instead of being a direct qualifier. They ended the league stage with eight points from six games, which was the same as Scotland and Netherlands but that was because two of their matches were washed off.
Those matches were against Kenya and Canada, both teams who finished below Afghanistan in the table.
That said, they will now know they still have two chances to qualify for the World T20 – win this to make it through to the next stage or even if they lose this one, they could face one of PNG or Oman in their next game to qualify.
Hong Kong finished second in their group behind Ireland, with three wins and a couple of losses. Their equation is the same as Afghanistan – win this or win the next one to make it to the World T20 2016.
Afghanistan’s batting will depend on Mohammad Shahzad who returned to the squad after some time away. He has 179 runs at 44.75 in the tournament, followed by Samiullah Shenwari with 107 runs at 35.66.
Irfan Ahmed’s fine all-round showing has helped Hong Kong no end – he has 158 runs and eight wickets in the tournament and will be player to watch out.
Afghanistan v Hong Kong head to head:
They have played each other twice in T20 cricket and Afghanistan have won both those matches.
Afghanistan v Hong Kong betting tips:
Afghanistan to win: 4/6
Shenwari to be Afghanistan’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 10 am local time (0900 hrs GMT) on July 21.