Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup: Pakistan Enter Super 4 With Record Win Over Hong Kong | Cricket News | ANewsHub

Pakistan arrange a second showdown in opposition to arch-rivals India in as many weeks with a report 155-run win over Hong Kong in a must-win Asia Cup match in Sharjah on Friday. Mohammad Rizwan needed to work onerous for his 78 off 57 balls as Pakistan obtained a much-needed last flourish to put up 193 for 2 in opposition to Hong Kong. Hong Kong had been merely blown away within the run-chase with Pakistan’s bowling assault proving to be too good for them. Their innings folded up for simply 38 in 10.4 overs, sending Pakistan into the Super 4s because the second positioned crew from Group A. It was Pakistan’s greatest win within the shortest format.

Pakistan will meet India, who topped Group A, on Sunday.

Hong Kong had proven a little bit of potential with the bat in opposition to India however they merely surrendered to the Pakistan bowling assault.

It was a procession after Naseem Shah struck twice within the third over of the innings. Then it was the flip of the spinners, Shadab Khan (4 for eight) and Mohammad Nawaz (three for 5), to do the harm as they shared seven wickets.

Shadab’s googlies had been far too good for the opposition batters earlier than he ended Hong Kong’s innings with a straighter one to dismiss Mohammad Ghaznafar.

The outing was an excellent studying expertise for Hong Kong, a crew filled with amateurs who needed to qualify for the match. Like they’d executed in opposition to India, Hong Kong bowlers did properly to maintain Pakistan quiet for majority of the innings earlier than shedding their method. With Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman (53 off 41) struggling to search out the boundaries, Pakistan reached 64 for one in 10 overs.

Khushdil Shah got here up with a 15-ball 35 in direction of the top to make sure Pakistan put up a robust whole.

Skipper Babar Azam (9 off 8) endured his second failure in as many innings within the match. Attempting to speed up, Babar went for an aerial stroke over the bowlers’ head however ended up hitting straight again to spinner Ehsan Khan, who dived to his proper to take a advantageous catch.

Rizwan might solely discover the ropes within the fifth over as he sq. reduce medium pacer Ayush Shukla earlier than guiding it in direction of third man for again to again fours.

The primary six of the innings got here within the eleventh over when Rizwan stepped out to to leg-spinner Ghazanafar to tonk it straight for a most.

With Pakistan in dire want for large hits, Fakhar was capable of launch some strain by smashing the spinners for couple of sixes within the cow nook area.

Struggling amid the warmth and humidity, Rizwan was capable of change gears after finishing his half-century.

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Missing expertise in crunch conditions, Hong Kong bowlers as soon as once more misplaced the plot within the dying overs, permitting Pakistan to gather 77 runs off the final 30 balls.

The twentieth over bowled by Aizaz Khan alone yielded 29 runs and it included 5 byes and 4 sixes from Khushdil Shah’s bat.

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