Asia Cup 2022: Hong Kong has been turned over for 38 after being blown away by pace and torn apart by spin. It’s Pakistan‘s largest T20I victory, and what a way to head into the match with India on Sunday, which has now been confirmed. After scoring 193 earlier in the evening, it only took them 64 balls to end the Hong Kong innings.
Before Khushdil entered with the fireworks while Naseem, Shadab, and Nawaz simply played with the opposition, Rizwan and Zaman set the stage. Hong Kong demonstrated some resistance against India the other day while pursuing a somewhat identical target, but the situation has been completely different in Sharjah.
A little Hong Kong déjà vu. For the first 15 overs or so, they kept a tight lid on the scoring rate, but once the floodgates burst, there was no stopping the onslaught. After losing Babar Azam early on, Pakistan started cautiously on a slow-moving surface and reached 129/1 at one stage after 16 overs.
Although Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman scored fifty, it appeared like they consumed too many deliveries. The outcome was nicer for Pakistan, though, as Khusdil Shah stepped out and played an innings akin to Suryakumar Yadav after Zaman was out. Raising the target. The young Hong Kong team’s anxieties were evident as Pakistan scored 55 runs in the final three overs.
Asia Cup 2022: Match Summary of Pakistan vs Hong Kong
Pakistan advanced to the Asia Cup Super 4 stage by defeating Hong Kong on 38 while defending a total of 194. With the dismissals of Nizakat Khan and Babar Hayat, Naseem Shah sent Pakistan on its way to victory.
After Yasim Murtaza mistimed his pull, Shahnawaz Dahani placed Hong Kong three down. Together, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz grabbed seven wickets to cheaply dismiss Hong Kong’s middle and lower orders.
Earlier, in an Asia Cup encounter that was essentially a knockout. Pakistan overcame the early removal of Babar Azam to record a total of 193 for two against Hong Kong.
Ehsan Khan defeated the Pakistani captain in the third over, giving Pakistan’s innings the worst conceivable start.
However, Pakistan had a solid foundation to advance their innings thanks to Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman’s 116-run partnership. Rizwan continued to stay unbeaten at 78 after Zaman was eliminated by Ehsan at 53. Khushdil Shah led Pakistan above the 190-run threshold with an undefeated cameo of 35 off 15 balls.
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“Most important thing for us is to assess conditions. Our effort is to forget the format and assess conditions. Plan in the first 10 overs was to play with straight bat. Ball was keeping low. Being the main player, you have to take responsibility. You look at what the team demands,” said Mohammad Rizwan.