DUBAI: Pakistan defeat Hong Kong by eight wickets Sunday in the second match of Asia Cup played here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Hong Kong won the toss and opted to bat, scoring 117 runs. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have taken the team to 35/0 without being too expansive with their shot making.
Soon they were 44/5 losing wickets quickly before Kinchit Shah and Aizaz Khan put together 53 runs. Usman Khan took three wickets to bring up the tail. However he went off the field for a foot injury.
Usman Shinwari (3-19), Hasan Ali (2-19) and Shadab Khan (2-31) wrapped up the Hong Kong innings in 37.1 overs after they won the toss and opted to bat in the Group A match.
Top-scorer were Aizaz Khan (27) and Kinchit Shah (26) fought valiantly during their sixth wicket stand of 53 runs to offer some respite after Hong Kong were left reeling at 44-5.
Pakistan then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 120 for 2 in 23.4 overs, built mainly around opener Imam’s 69-ball unbeaten 50 that was laced with three fours and a six.
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.