Asia Cup 2022: Hong Kong register their lowest T20I total
Asia Cup 2022: The Hong Kong cricket team registered their lowest total ever in T20I cricket on Friday.
During their Group A match against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup, Hong Kong registered this terrible record to its name. In the game, Hong Kong was bowled out for 38 runs while needing to score 193. Nizakat Khan, the captain, led the team in scoring with eight runs. But none of their batters even reached the double-digit mark.
Before this, they had a lowest T20I total of 69 all out against Nepal at Chattogram in 2014. 87/9 against Uganda in 2022 and 87 all out vs Oman in 2017 come after it.
Additionally, this is the ninth-lowest total in T20I cricket history. Turkey scored the lowest total in the format when they were bowled out for 21 runs in an August 2019 match against Czech Republic while attempting to reach a 278-run mark.
Lesotho (26 runs), Turkey (28 runs), Thailand (30 runs), and Turkey (32 runs) are the next-lowest totals.
With this victory, Pakistan has advanced to the Super Four round of the tournament, reserving Sunday for another thrilling matchup with India.
Coming to the match, put to bat first by Hong Kong, Pakistan posted a powerful 193/2 in their 20 overs. Mohammed Rizwan (78*) and Fakhar Zaman (53) rebuilt the innings. After the early innings demise of Azam (9) with their half century and a 116-run partnership. Then, hitter Khushdil Shah (35*), who hammered four sixes in the penultimate over to lead Pakistan to a score of over 190, provided the game’s flawless finishing touches.
Hong Kong never seemed to pose a problem as they pursued 194. None of the players from Hong Kong were able to reach double digits.
As his team bowled out for just 38 runs, captain Nizakat Khan scored the most runs for his team with eight, giving Pakistan a 155-run victory.
Shadab Khan, a spinner, dealt Hong Kong the most significant damage, claiming 4/8 in 2.4 overs. With his spin, Mohammad Nawaz also took 3/5 in two overs. Shahnawaz Dahani (1/7) and Naseem Shah (2/7) both put out strong performances for Pakistan.
Mohammed Rizwan’s knock of 78* earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”