"But #Bluetigers, u r still the heroes of the nation thank u for whatever u did till date to the nation. "Sorry beloved nation but we will come strong InnshaAllah." Mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 16, took 3-26 with Mohammad Nabi also claiming three scalps as Afghanistan restricted Hong Kong to 241-8, but they lost regular wickets in the chase.
Gutted, frustrated and extreamly sorry for what ever happened in the @ICC @cricketworldcup qualifier. But #bluetigers u r still the heroes of the nation and thank u for what ever u did till date to the nation. Sorry beloved nation but we will come strong InnshaAllah— Shafiq Stanikzai (@ShafiqStanikzai) March 8, 2018
Tailender Dawlat Zadran struck a spirited unbeaten 40, but it was too little, too late as Afghanistan's dreams of reaching a second straight World Cup were left in shreds in Harare.
Hong Kong ?? have beaten Afghanistan ?? by 30 runs (DLS Method) to round up the action on day three of the #CWCQ! Scorecards ⬇️#NEDvUAE: https://t.co/iChAYUdqKH#WIvPNG: https://t.co/2osOpEuuJP#SCOvNEP: https://t.co/diCa78RKOG#AFGvHK: https://t.co/m5wBcS9npX pic.twitter.com/n3ZjvjQmWD— ICC (@ICC) March 8, 2018
Scotland became the first team to book their spot in the next round after beating Nepal by four wickets to make it three wins from three.
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan speaks to the media after his team fell to a third successive loss at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. #CWCQ @rashidkhan_19 @ACB_Cricket pic.twitter.com/fA2NzPJBwBMarch 8, 2018
"UAE beat Holland the 13th ODI team & #wcl2 @NepalCricket showed lots of skill today vs us! A reduced WC is crazy!" Another triumph for the Scots in their final group game against Zimbabwe would leave them well-placed to claim one of the last two slots for next year's World Cup in England and Wales. An excellent unbeaten 99 from captain Jason Holder led the West Indies to a six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea, after the two-time World Cup champions had slipped to 58-4 while chasing 201 for a second consecutive victory in Group A.
Just to correct my last statement, the Afghans can still qualify. Still great signs for the depth in associate cricket, there will be quality skills on show throughout the #WCQ2018 https://t.co/AcDjiumWFI— Kyle Coetzer (@MeerGoose11) March 8, 2018