The Match No.6 of the Asia Cup 2022 was played between Group A teams – Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team and Nizakat Khan-led Hong Kong National Cricket Team – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, on Friday, September 2.
Pakistan National Cricket Team defeated Hong Kong National Cricket Team by 155 runs in their first-ever T20I meeting to advance to the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup. This was Pakistan’s first T20I victory in 2022. Also, the 155-run win over Hong Kong is Pakistan’s biggest victory margin in T20I history and Hong Kong’s 38/10 against Pakistan is the lowest T20I score for a match featuring a Full Member Nation.
Earlier, Hong Kong National Cricket Team won the toss and opted to field first in the do-or-die match against Pakistan National Cricket Team. Both the teams made no changes to the playing XI in the crucial game.
Pakistan were off to a poor start in the match as they lost the wicket of Babar Azam in the 3rd over itself at the score of 13. The Pakistan skipper was cleaned up for 9 by senior off-spinner Ehsan Khan, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Men’s T20 Asia Cup Qualifier. At the end of the powerplay, the Men In Green were at 40/1.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman completed the 50-run partnership in 43 balls and the 100-run partnership in 73 balls. Senior off-spinner Ehsan Khan broke the 116-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman by dismissing the latter for 53 on the first ball of the 17th over.
In the end, Pakistan scored 193/2 with the help of Mohammad Rizwan’s fine 78 runs knock and Khushdil Shah’s quickfire 35 runs stunning knock. Notably, Hong Kong bowler Aizaz Khan leaked 29 runs in the 20th over.
Chasing the target, Hong Kong were off to a miserable start as they were unable to survive against the strong pace-bowling unit of Team Pakistan. Young pacer Naseem Shah dismissed Babar Hayat and Nizakat Khan while Shahnawaz Dahani cleaned up Yasim Murtaza and at the end of the powerplay HKG were at 25/3.
The Nizakat Khan and Co. lost the next 5 wickets in no time and they were at 38/8 after 10 overs. The Pakistan bowlers kept dominating and they were able to bowl out HKG for 38.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Pakistan vs Hong Kong Asia Cup Encounter:
Pakistan was simply OUTSTANDING todayy!! Bowling was absolutely kamal specially the spinners @76Shadabkhan and @mnawaz94 were FIRE the Batting side was also great today..
Good luck for the next one #PAKvsHK @TheRealPCB
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 2, 2022
— Huزaifa MuغaL (@huzaifa_mughal_) September 2, 2022
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 2, 2022
— Zain Ali KHAN (@ZainJiskani01) September 2, 2022
Biggest margin of victory for Pakistan in T20Is
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 2, 2022
Hong Kong no match for Pakistan. India vs Pak, Super 4 on Sunday #AsiaCup2022
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 2, 2022
In 70 years history of Pakistan's cricket, this is first time they have bowled out the opponents in 64 balls or less. #AsiaCupT20
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 2, 2022
Hong Kong all-out for 38 against Pakistan.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 2, 2022
Hong Kong bowled out for just 38 against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 2, 2022
Hong Kong's 38 all out against Pakistan is the lowest T20I score for a match featuring a Full Member nation.
Previous lowest was 39 (NZ v SL)
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) September 2, 2022
Hong Kong scored 152 against India, and here Pakistan winning against them by 155 runs. Hari Om guys.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 2, 2022
— Notaiman (@Notaiman9) September 2, 2022
— saud ale (@saudale11) September 2, 2022
Dear Pakistani Cricket fans! You were scared of Hong Kong and thinking of an upset just because Hong Kong played well against India and India didn't defeated HK comprehensively? Why undermining your team? Pakistan is better than India in AsiaCup! 28th August was just a fluke!
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 2, 2022
— Ravi LTB (@loansthrubanks) September 2, 2022
— Yaar Ali Chup Karjao. (@AliHusnain_17) September 2, 2022
— Taha Malik (@wickedXbeast_69) September 2, 2022
— Ammaz Durrani (@AmmazDurrani) September 2, 2022
Never seen a one sided match this much interesting #PAKvHKG
— Haleema Saqib (@haleema_saqib) September 2, 2022
— TumToChupKro (@manan_chaudary) September 2, 2022
— Papi (@ChaudryEinstein) September 2, 2022
All things aside, the fast bowling heritage of Pakistan cricket is unmatched and unparalleled. We are truly superior
— harrïs (@shaheens_era) September 2, 2022
— Fath khan armani (@Fathkhanarmani3) September 2, 2022
List of active fast bowlers in Pakistan who can bowl at 140plus km/h. Arguably, the biggest fast bowling roster in the world.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 2, 2022
The boys are on fire rn. Playing so well, MashAllah MashAllah! #PAKvHKG
— Hijaab (@hijaab_442) September 2, 2022
— Muhammad Faheem (@Faheem_Malik786) September 2, 2022
— shabi (@shaoibx) September 2, 2022
— 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐡𝐳𝐚𝐝| |𝐁𝐀𝟓𝟔 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤. (@BBARMY56) September 2, 2022
— Samra q (@SumariaQ) September 2, 2022
— Alienliza| PCT STAN ACCOUNT (@iEllie_56) September 2, 2022
UFF UFFF UFF WHAT A VICTORY BOYS #PAKVHKG
TABAH HI KAR DIYA
— Pixiedust94 (@Pixiedust941) September 2, 2022
Shadab Khan after his performance today. He’s marriage material #PAKvHKG
— WAX (@waqas_bey) September 2, 2022
One sided game, Brillant performance by Pakistan #PAKvHKG
— Sehar Gull (@Seharilli_says) September 2, 2022
— ︎︎ (@alinaather48) September 2, 2022
We won. Yayyyyyyyy Bestest bowling showed by bowlers after ages I think so. #PAKvHKG
— ñ (@7Sdumbo) September 2, 2022
What a match Mashallah
An amazing game by the boys #PakvsHongKong
— 𝓦𝓑_𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓱𝓾𝓼𝓲𝓪𝓼𝓽| Behind you skipper (@DieheartWb) September 2, 2022
— Naseem Akram (@naseemakram100) September 2, 2022
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