Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong by 155 runs, to face India in Super 4 clash

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Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong by 155 runs, to face India in Super 4 clash
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong by 155 runs, to face India in Super 4 clash

Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong by 155 runs, to face India in Super 4 clash

Asia Cup 2022: Shadab Khan’s four-wicket haul and Mohammad Rizwan‘s unbeaten 78 helped Pakistan defeat Hong Kong by a whopping 155 runs on Friday in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

With this victory, Pakistan booked a clash with India for the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday. With only 38 runs, Hong Kong was easily defeated. None of the players from Hong Kong were able to reach double digits. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan both took three wickets for Pakistan.

In the very first over of the innings, Naseem Shah dealt Hong Kong a twin punch while defending a challenging total of 194, removing right-handed hitter Babar Hayat at zero and Nizakat Khan at eight.

The Hong Kong squad was confined by the Pakistani bowlers’ tight bowling and was unable to play any significant strokes. For Hong Kong, the Miseries just wouldn’t go away, as Shahnawaz Dahani snatched the team’s third victim. When just scoring two runs, Yasim Murtaza returned to the pavilion after Khushdil successfully caught his shot.

As soon as right-handed batter Aizaz Khan entered the crease, Shadab Khan rattled his off-stump and Hong Kong was left teetering at 26/4 because Khan was unable to read the googly.

Mohammad Nawaz struck twice in the eighth over, bowling Scott McKechnie and trapping Kinchit Shah leg before wicket with a superb delivery.

Hong Kong was under increasing pressure as they lost six wickets without even achieving 50 runs. Haroon Arshad was dismissed by Shadab once more for three runs.

Nawaz dismissed Zeeshan Ali for three runs in the tenth over, taking his third wicket of the game. Continual wickets fell for the Hong Kong team. Shadab struck twice in the eleventh over to end the game.

Earlier, Pakistan’s imposing total of 193 for 2 against Hong Kong made possible by Mohammad Rizwan’s explosive 78-ball knock.

The Pakistani batters had a successful day as they amassed a significant total thanks to Rizwan’s performance. When Pakistan given the opportunity to bat first, their openers Babar Azam and Rizwan got off to a sluggish start, scoring just seven runs in two overs.

Ehsan Khan gave Hong Kong an early breakthrough by removing Babar Azam from the game in the third over of the inning. He needed just 8 balls to score 9 runs. Fakhar Zaman, a left-handed hitter, then arrived at the crease.

After the captain’s wicket fell, the Pakistani batsmen were able to release some of the pressure by scoring 12 runs during Haroon Arshad’s session.

Pakistan was at 40/1 after six powerplay overs, with Rizwan (15) and Fakhar Zaman (14) standing at the crease unbeaten. The pair quickly mentioned their 50-run collaboration to put Pakistan in a favourable position.

They played big shots while also batting cautiously. In 40 balls, Mohammad Rizwan reached his half-century. In the 14th over, Fakhar dropped to one knee and also hit a flawless six over deep midwicket.

The pair crushed Mohammad Ghazanfar for 12 runs in the 15th over of the innings. The 116-run partnership eventually ended, however, when Fakhar fell victim to an Ehsan Khan delivery after scoring a respectable fifty runs, playing a shot to the fielder who placed at the edge of the circle. After 41 deliveries, he had scored 53 runs.

Hong Kong tried to rebound, but it was too late because Pakistan’s batters were working systematically. With four wide balls in the 18th over of the game, Ayush Shukla conceded 18 runs. Khushdil Shah hammered three consecutive sixes in the final over to enable Pakistan score an impressive 193/2.

Brief score: Pakistan 193/2 (Mohammad Rizwan 78*, Fakhar Zaman 53; Ehsan Khan 2-28) vs Hong Kong 38 all out (Nizakat Khan 8, Scott McKechnie 4; Shadab Khan 4-8).