Pakistan vs Hong Kong Summary & Highlights
The 2nd Match of Asia Cup 2018 was played between Hong Kong and Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 16th September 2018.
Pakistan were the clear favourites to win the match and it was reflected in the betting odds for Hong Kong to win the match – 15.00.
Nevertheless, Hong Kong team has good players who have travelled well around the world playing cricket in Canada, England, and will be playing in New Zealand later this year.
Find here all our predictions for Asia Cup 2018.
Hong Kong innings
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat first. Hong Kong openers, Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath started the innings for Hong Kong and both looked good on the crease.
Nizakat Khan had hit 2 fours and played the Pakistani pacers well until one point when Anshuman Rath pushed for a single, Nizakat Khan who started from the non-striker end quickly, slowed down as he reached the striker’s end and Shadab Khan’s quick throw ran him out.
Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath hit 3 fours and scored 19 runs off 34 balls before getting caught behind on a delivery by Faheem Ashraf.
KD Shah (26) and Aizaz Khan (27) were the only other batsmen who scored above 20. The two put together a 53-runs partnership for the 6th wicket and took the Hong Kong score from 44-5 to 97-6 when Aizaz Khan was out bowled by Usman Khan.
Usman Khan, the pacer from Pakistan was wicketless in his 1st spell, picked 3 wickets in one over dismissing Aizaz Khan, SS McKechnie (0), and Tanwir Afzal (0) and Hong Kong were 97-8 after 31 overs.
Hong Kong were all out for 116 runs in 37.1 overs.
Usman Khan was the top team bowler for Pakistan with bowling figures of 3 for 19.
Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan picked 2 wickets each and Faheem Ashraf dismissed one Hong Kong batsman.
117 was a small target for Pakistan’s formidable batting line-up.
Fakhar Zaman was the first batsman to lose his wicket chasing a low total. He scored 24 runs with 2 fours and 1 six. Imam-ul-Haq remained not out on the crease scoring 50 runs off 69 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
Babar Azam was the next man to be dismissed after a 52-runs partnership with Imam-ul-Haq for the 2nd wicket. He scored 33 off 36 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
Ehsan Khan from Hong Kong was the top team bowler and picked the only 2 wickets that Pakistan lost in the chase.
Shoaib Malik remained not out on 9 with Imam-ul-Haq (50 not out) to see Pakistan cross the target in 23.4 overs.
Pakistan won the match by 8 wickets and 158 balls remaining. Usman Khan was the man of the match.
Pakistan is now at the top of the points table in Group A with 2 points and +2.75 NRR.
Hong Kong next plays India on 18th September and Pakistan meets India on 19th September.