Asia Cup 2018: Usman, Imam shine as Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

first_imgPakistan got their Asia Cup 2018 campaign off to a flier with a comprehensive win over minnows Hong Komg at Dubai on Sunday.In the second match of the tournament and the first of Group A, Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by eight wickets.The victory was scripted with the help of an unbeaten 50 off 69 balls from opener Imam-ul-Haq as Pakistan successfully chased down the target 117 inside 38 overs.It was the first ODI fifty for Imam, who has four centuries to his name in the 50-over format.Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets to start their Asia Cup 2018 campaign on a high note.Full Scorecard: #PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo Official (@TheRealPCB) September 16, 2018Pakistan made a good start with Imam and Fakhar Zaman sharing a 41-run partnership in 8 overs for the opening wicket.Pakistan lost their first wicket when Fakhar was caught by McKechnie off Ehsan Khan’s ball in the 9th over.Imam and new man Babar then added 52 runs to take the team close to the target.Babar hit three fours and a six in his 36-ball 33 before being caught behind by Mckechnie for Ehsan’s second wicket.His three wickets in an over broke the back of the Hong Kong innings – @Usmanshinwari6 is the Player of the Match! #PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 (@ICC) September 16, 2018Shoaib Malik (9) hit the winning runs, blasting Aizaz for a boundary in the 24th over.Earlier, seamer Usman Khan picked up three wickets in an over as Pakistan dismissed Hong Kong for a paltry 116 after they won the toss and decided to bat.advertisementUsman (3/19) was the highest wicket-taker, while Shadab Khan (2/31) and Hasan Ali (2/19) snapped two wickets apiece and Faheem Ashraf accounted for one as Pakistan thoroughly exposed the weakness of Hong Kong, who won the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier to make it to the tournament.Kinchit Shah (26) and Aizaz Khan (27) were the main scorers for Hong Kong, while skipper Anshuman Rath contributed 19 as they couldn’t negotiate the top quality bowling from Pakistan.Electing to bat, Hong Kong failed to put up a resistance, losing wickets in regular intervals to end up with a lowly score.It started with a run-out as Nizakat Khan (13) walked back to the pavillion after failing to make ground with Shadab Khan knocking the stumps off from point in the 5th over.Skipper Anshuman Rath (19) was the next to go when he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Faheem Ashraf as Hong Kong slipped to 32 for 2 in the ninth over.Hasan Ali then got into action, removing Christopher Carter (2) cheaply in the 14th over. Looking to chip it over extra cover, Carter ended up giving an easy catch to Imam-ul-Haq as Hong Kong lost their third wicket.Leg-spinner Shadab Khan then struck twice in three balls — dismissing Babar Hayat (7) and Ehsan Khan (0) — as Hong Kong lost half their side in 16.3 overs.Hayat couldn’t pick up Shadab’s googly and was stumped by a huge margin by Sarfraz when the batsman danced down the pitch. One ball later, another googly earned Shadab another wicket as Ehsan was trapped in front of wicket.Kinchit and Aizaz then shared a crucial 53-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Hong Kong closs to the 100-mark.In the 31st over, Usman Khan picked up three wickets in five deliveries, removing Aizaz, SS Mckechnie (0) and Tanwir Afzal (0) to further reduce Hong Kong to 97 for 8.Last specialist batsman Kinchit too was back to the hut after he hit a Hasan Ali ball to Shadab at backward point.Ehsan Nawaz (9) and Nadeem Ahmed then took Hong Kong past the 100-run mark before the former was run out to be bundled out for 116.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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