Pakistan’s bowlers destroyed the Hong Kong
In the Asia Cup encounter on Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Pakistan’s bowlers destroyed the Hong Kong batting lineup and delivered a 155-run victory, ensuring a position in the Super Four and a rematch with India this Sunday.
In a crucial Twenty20 match, Pakistan scored 193-2 thanks to a 116-run partnership between Rizwan (78 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (53), who were given the opportunity to bat first on a sluggish, low Sharjah surface.
After that, Pakistani spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz shared seven wickets to dismiss Hong Kong for 155 runs in 10.4 overs.
In addition to being their lowest score against Pakistan, who had dismissed the West Indies for 60 in 2018, it was Hong Kong’s lowest T20 international total since their 69 against Nepal in 2014.
T20 World Cup in Australia
In round two of the six-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November, Pakistan joins Afghanistan, India, and Sri Lanka.
In the third over of Hong Kong’s inning, pace bowler Naseem Shah struck twice, including the eight-point dismissal of captain Nizakat Khan.
Hong Kong, which qualified for the main draw by winning all three of its games in the qualifications, was unable to bounce back.
Nawaz claimed three wickets with his left-arm orthodox while Shadab’s leg spin returned stats of 4-8.
Rizwan witnessed the flurry
Khushdil Shah earlier scored an unbeaten 35 off 15 balls while hitting five sixes, including four in the last over, while Rizwan witnessed the flurry from the non-end striker’s during a 64-run partnership.
With a consistent line and length, Hong Kong’s bowlers held Pakistan’s openers in check. In the third over, spinner Ehsan Khan also claimed the crucial dismissal of captain Babar Azam for nine runs.
After Azam scored a four off of Ehsan’s off spin, the bowler quickly exacted retribution by bowling Azam for a caught and bowled to quiet the Pakistani audience.
Together with wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan, left-handed Fakhar rebuilt the innings.