Sharjah, August 3 (SO News/Agency) Pakistan won the Asia Cup 2022 in Hong Kong thanks to the deadly bowling of Shadab Khan (4 wickets) and Muhammad Nawaz (3 wickets) after Muhammad Rizwan’s (78 not out) half-century. defeated Pakistan by 155 runs and entered the Super 4 where they will face India. It should be noted that India had defeated Pakistan in the first match.
Pakistan had given Hong Kong a target of 194 runs in 20 overs, in response to which Hong Kong was reduced to just 38 runs. Leading the Pakistani bowling, Shadab scored eight runs in 2.4 overs, while Nawaz scored four runs in two overs. Got three wickets for five runs.
Hong Kong won the toss and decided to bowl and Pakistan captain Babar Azam returned to the pavilion after scoring nine runs. After that, the pair of Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman added 115 runs for the second wicket and put Pakistan in a strong position. Rizwan played an unbeaten innings of 78 runs off 57 balls with the help of six fours and one six, while Zaman scored 53 runs off 41 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
After Zaman’s wicket fell in the 17th over of the innings, Khushdil came to the crease, scoring 35 runs off 15 balls at a strike rate of 233.33. Khushdal hit four sixes in the 20th over bowled by Mohammad Ijaz, which saw Pakistan score 193 in their 20 overs. Both the wickets of Pakistan were taken by Ehsan Khan while other bowlers disappointed.
Chasing the target of 193 runs, the Hong Kong team was scattered like cards. Nazakat Khan’s team had no answer to the spin of Shadab and Nawaz. Naseem Khan dismissed skipper Nazakat (08) and Babar Hayat (0) in the third over, followed by Shahnawaz Durrani’s Yasim Murtaza (02) in the fifth over. ) sent to the pavilion.
After that, Shadab and Nawaz took over the bowling front and in the next five overs, the rest of the batsmen returned the pavilion. No player from Hong Kong could even touch the 10-run mark and the entire team was all out for 38 runs in 10.4 overs.
Pakistan’s 155-run win is the second-highest by runs in T20 Internationals. 38 runs is Hong Kong’s lowest score in T20 Internationals. Also, this is the lowest score by any team against Pakistan.
With this resounding win, Pakistan have booked a place in the Super 4 where they will face India on Sunday. This match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.