Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by eight wickets

Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Pak vs HK Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets to kick-start their Asia Cup 2018 campaign.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 16, 2018 10:50:59 pm
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets. (Source: AP)

Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Pakistan notched up a dominating eight-wicket win over minnows Hong Kong in a group A match of the Asia Cup ODI tournament on Sunday. Electing to bat, Hong Kong folded for a paltry 116 in 37.1 overs, courtesy Usman’s 3 for 19 and two-wicket hauls by Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali. 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.

Asia Cup, 2018Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 24 September 2018

Pakistan 120/2 (23.4)

vs

Hong Kong 116 (37.1)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 2 ) Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

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Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan vs Hong Kong Highlights:

22:30 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan begin their Asia Cup 2018 campaign by beating Hong Kong by 8 wickets. Despite a few hiccups, Imam-ul-Haq's half-century helps his side reach their target of 117 in 23.4 overs.

22:19 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

WICKET! Ehsan Khan picks up his 2nd wicket of the night as Babar Azam departs for 33(36). Babar reached 2,000 ODI runs in 45 innings before departing. 

21:58 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Strange call from the third umpire. Hong Kong thought they had Imam plumb in front. And so it seemed even from the replays but the third umpire rules it not out, going by a little spike. Meanwhile, Pakistan openers are struggling against Hong kong spinners.

21:24 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Fakhar Zaman is caught behind off Ehsan Khan and he walks back, rather unsure, off 24 runs from 27 balls. Fakhar tried to steer it fine towards third man but cramped for room, his bottom edge hits the keeper's thigh and is into the gloves. Looks at Imam for help on the review but opt not to take it in the end. Umpire also takes really long with the decision

21:19 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Back after the break. Imam-ul-Haq on the strike and Aizaz Khan has the ball. Last ball of the four is pounded away for a boundary. Imam came down the track and pummels the delivery through the covers for a four. 

20:36 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Dinner interval in Dubai. Pakistan are 35/0 at the break and need 82 runs more to beat Hong Kong

20:34 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

SIX! FOUR! Fakhar Zaman getting into the groove now. Tanwir Afzal bears the brunt. Crowd applauds and cheers. Goes down on his knees to clear the leg and hammers a full length delivery down the ground for first maximum of the chase. A ball later, another hammering blow down the ground that despite the attempted stop runs for a four.

20:25 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Slow and steady start by the Pakistan openers. They're taking things slowly in the chase. After 5 overs, they're 19/0 with Imam-ul-Haq on 4 and Fakhar Zaman on 13. 

20:11 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are out to open Pakistan's account and get the chase underway. Tanwir Afzal and Ehsan Nawaz share the new ball

19:52 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

RUN OUT! Hong Kong are all out for 116 runs in the 38th over. Massive mix-up between Nawaz and Nadeem and it is the former who is short of the striker's end. Tries to get back but too late. Sarfraz takes off the bails. TARGET FOR PAKISTAN: 117 runs

19:41 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

FOUR! 100 up for Hong Kong! Nadeem Ahmed's confident-looking stroke over the mid on fielder brings up the hundred runs for Hong Kong. Not a bad delivery but a confident stroke to bring up the milestone in the 34th over

19:39 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! NINE DOWN! Kinchit Shah is dismissed for 26 runs from 50 balls and he would be disappointed with that shot. Full delivery outside off, Kinchit tries to drive but only ends up slicing it resulting in a simple catch for Shadab at backward point. 

19:32 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

No hat-trick for Usman Khan! Ehsan Nawaz on strike calmly defends this delivery pitched on middle and leg. Jab back to the bowler

19:26 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

TWO-IN-TWO and now three wickets in an over for Usman Khan! Tanwir Afzal goes for a golden duck. Pitches on a back of a length outside off and jags back in sharply to hit the top of off-stump. Hong Kong go eight down

19:25 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Scott McKechnie walks back for a duck from 3 balls. The right hander walks across to try and glance it away but misses it completely. Consider the review but the final decision comes in touch too late. It would have been futile it seems. Would have gone on to hit middle and leg. 

19:19 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Commentator's curse! Just as I say that, Aizaz Khan walks back having scored 27 runs from 47 balls. BOWLED by Usman Khan. Pitched on the off stump, tried to defend it but the ball breaches the gap. Rattles the off stump. Hong Kong are 97/6 

19:16 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

After 30 overs, Hong Kong are 96/5 with Aizaz Khan on 27 and Kinchit Shah on 25 leading the fightback. Current run rate is of 3.2 per over and it needs to go up for a decent competitive total. So far, despite that, Hong Kong have been sensible to not throw away wickets

19:08 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Aizaz Khan is adjudged to be out leg before. Hong Kong review. Not short enough from Usman Khan as Aizaz went for the pull. No bat involved, the impact is in line but the ball is going over the stumps. Review retained and Hong Kong remain five down on 94 in the 29th over

18:50 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

SIX! First six of the match! Aizaz Khan continues to try and ramp up the run rate. Shoaib Malik goes for the first six of the match. Aiz comes down the track and gets to the pitch of the delivery and reaches out to smack it over wide long-off

18:32 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

FOUR! Last boundary came after 8.1 overs and now after 18.3 overs, Aizaz Khan splits the in-field to send the ball racing to the ropes. Desperate attempt to save it falters. 

18:27 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Having beaten the bat on the first ball, Ehsan Khan is dismissed for a duck and Shadab Khan it is once again. Another googlt and it pins the Hong Kong player in the crease. Hit below the knee roll and the finger goes up instantly. Hong Kong go five down and are yet to reach 50 runs

18:25 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Shadab Khan gets his spell off to a great start. First ball wicket. Shadab Khan is dismissed for 7 runs from 29 balls. Hayat walked down the track but ends up getting deceived by the googly. Sarfraz whips off the bails. 

18:05 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

GONE! Hasan Ali strikes and Christopher Carter is dismissed for 2 runs from 14 balls. Walked down the track to the seamer, looked to play the ball on the up and hands Imam-ul-Haq a simple catch at cover. Had been 30 balls since the last delivery, pressure piling and it was time to take chances. 

17:44 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

WICKET! Faheem Ashraf takes a wicket and it is the skipper Anshuman Rahat who is dismissed for 19. Full length delivery and he has edged it to the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Hong Kong 32/2

17:24 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

RUN OUT! Nizakat Khan is caught short and is run out for 13 runs from 11 balls. Looked to save himself from being hit with the ball and in the process fails to drag his bat into the crease. That's poor from the Hong Kong opener

17:12 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Usman Khan testing Anshuman in the first over. Left arm seamer from over the wicket beats the outside edge twice. Good bowling from him 

17:08 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Agree?

17:04 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

First ball, double. Second ball, boundary. Third ball, edged and just short of fielder in the slips. Fourth ball, boundary. Interesting start to the contest. Nizakat Khan is not buckling down to the occassion at hand. 11 runs from the first over

17:01 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath open for Hong Kong. Nizakat on strike. Mohammad Amir opens the bowling attack

16:55 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Teams are out on the field for the anthems followed by some memorable photos for the Hong Kong squad. First up is the anthem of Hong Kong followed by that of Pakistan. 

16:45 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018: TEAMS

TEAMS: 

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan

Hong Kong (Playing XI): Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath(c), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed

16:41 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018
16:35 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018: TOSS

CAPTAINS AT THE TOSS: 

Anshuman Rath (Hong Kong): "We'll have a bat. We saw the game yesterday. Pitch stayed true throughout. Hoping it will roughen up a bit through the course. No better place to do it than in the Asia Cup. We're ready, we deserve to be here. Especially on the back of losing ODI status in March. We've beaten top teams before, hope we could do it again. It's more of a confidence thing. After the Qualifiers, a lot of our players have taken confidence. Hopefully we can put runs on the board."

Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan): "Wanted to bat first, but that's not in our hands. Congrats to Hong Kong, this is a big event for them. Won't take them lightly, won't relax. Long tournament, we'll go match by match. If you see the last match, didn't see much spin. We're going in with four pacers and one spinner."

16:31 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018: TOSS

Tails is the call and Hong Kong have won the toss. Hong Kong have decided to bat against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. 

16:25 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Hong Kong team: They're a team with as many as nine players under the age of 23 led by a 20-year-old captain (Anshuman Rath). They lost their ODI status earlier this year after keeping it for four years. Their combined experience is 174 ODIs - 92 ODIs lesser than Shoaib Malik alone. 

16:21 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

PRE-MATCH TALK

Sarfraz Ahmed: "The weather is hot, so it becomes difficult to bat in humid conditions under lights as the fast-bowlers get to swing the ball in humidity. Of course, every side will look to bat first and put runs on the board due to the hot weather."

Anshuman Rath: "It's not every day that you get to walk out against India and Pakistan. I look to take it ball by ball and look to enjoy myself. At the end of the day, I am having a smile on my face when all those bowlers are running in."

16:16 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Head-to-head: Pakistan have faced Hong Kong twice before in ODIs - both in Asia Cup. In 2004, Pakistan won by 173 runs while in 2008 the winning margin was 155 runs.

15:47 (IST) 16 Sep 2018
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Cricket Score, Asia Cup 2018

Hello and Good Afternoon! Welcome to our live coverage of the Asia Cup with the second ODI today pitting Pakistan against Hong Kong in Dubai. Not the way Hong Kong would have liked to warm up for the tournament but they've made it to the big league and somehow, just somehow, if they win against either Pakistan or India (or both?) then it would be a huge boost to their chances of getting an ODI status. They'd be excited to be here enough though. 

For Pakistan, it has been a long break since they played and beat Zimbabwe rather convincingly away. But now begins the hard part of their season. Asia Cup, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, PSL and then the World Cup. Things get underway today and maybe this is the easiest of the assignments. 

Pakistan squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir

Hong Kong squad: Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain