“It’s really touch and go,” Rashid Khan, Afghanistan skipper, said on Thursday (March 8) after their 30-run loss to Hong Kong by the DLS method. “If we can gain something in the Nepal game, and then something happens between Hong Kong and Nepal anything can happen. But the way we played in the last three games, it’s not what you expect from Afghanistan. But we’ll come back positive.”
A mathematical possibility exists, but that’s too much of an ask now. Their loss to Hong Kong on Thursday has made their chances of qualifying way too complicated for their liking.
Chasing 242, they got off to a steady start but a bit of hara-kiri sent things off track for them. Offspinner Ehsan Khan bagged three wickets in one spell to begin the early carnage. Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi steadied the chase, but three wickets fell in quick succession to leave Afghanistan reeling at 142 for 7.