Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan Beat Hong Kong By 8-Wickets To Register An Easy Win

| September 17 , 2018 , 12:56 IST

Two-time champions Pakistan started off their Asia Cup 2018 campaign on a high note by beating Hong Kong by 8-wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, on Sunday.

Chasing a below par score of 117-run, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side to a comfortable win in merely 23.4 overs with 158 balls remaining, thanks to an unbeaten 50 by opener Imam-ul-Haq.

Registering the 1st win of the tournament, the Pakistan team are now placed at the top of the points table with 2-points.    

While chasing Pakistan lost their first wicket on 41 when opener Fakhar Zaman's fine edge carried to stumper Scott McKechnie off an Ehsan Khan delivery in the ninth over.

Imam and dependable No.3 Babar Azam (33) then went on to add 52 runs stand for the second wicket, taking Pakistan closer towards victory. However, Hong Kong fast bowler Ehsan struck again in the 21st over to dismiss Babar, leaving Pakistan at a score of 93/2.

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Shoaib Malik (9 not out) and Imam then denied the minnows any further damage as they comfortably notched up the needed 24 runs.

Earlier, in the match after electing to bat, Hong Kong received jolts at regular intervals and could only manage to reach 116 runs before being bowled out in 37.1 overs.

Aizaz Khan and K.D. Shah were the top scorers for Hong Kong with contributions of 27 and 26 runs respectively.

While for Pakistan, left-arm pacer Usman Khan picked up three wickets conceding just 19 runs while Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan bagged two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Pakistan: 120/2 in 23.4 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 50 not out, Babar Azam 33; Ehsan Khan 2/34) beat Hong Kong: 116 all out in 37.1 overs (Aizaz Khan 27, KD Shah 26; Usman Khan 3/19) by eight wickets.