Pakistan rout Hong Kong to qualify for Super 4s

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Pakistan bowlers obliterated a youngster Hong Kong batting line-up and conveyed a 155-run triumph in the Asia Cup installation at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, getting a spot in the Super Four and a rematch with India this Sunday.

Pakistan scored 193-2 in a must-win Twenty20 global with Rizwan (78 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (53) putting on 116 subsequent to being welcome to bat first on a sluggish and low Sharjah pitch.

Pakistan spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz then, at that point, shared seven wickets to package out Hong Kong in 10.4 overs and win by 155 runs.

It was Hong Kong’s least T20 worldwide absolute after their 69 against Nepal in 2014 and furthermore their most reduced against Pakistan, who had bowled out West Indies for 60 of every 2018.

Pakistan join Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka in cycle two of the six-country competition that goes about as a check up to the T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia.

Pace bowler Naseem Shah struck two times in the third over of the Hong Kong innings including the wicket of captain Nizakat Khan for eight.

Hong Kong, who made the fundamental draw by winning all their three matches in the qualifiers, couldn’t recuperate.

Shadab returned figures of 4-8 from his leg turn and Nawaz took three wickets with his left-arm standard.

Prior, Khushdil Shah hit five sixes remembering four for the last over to wrap up with a twist in his unbeaten 35 off 15 balls as Rizwan watched the rush from the non-striker’s end in an organization of 64.

Hong Kong’s bowlers held the Pakistan openers under control with a trained line and length and spinner Ehsan Khan got the critical wicket of captain Babar Azam for nine in the third finished.

Azam hit a four off Ehsan’s off turn however the bowler before long got payback with a captured and bowled to quietness a favorable to Pakistan swarm.

The left-given Fakhar joined Rizwan, a wicketkeeper-batsman, and the two reconstructed the innings.

Rizwan arrived at his fifty off 42 balls to raise the bat in the midst of rowdy praise structure the group.

Fakhar likewise switched gears and arrived at his fifty with a transcending six off Murtaza’s left-arm turn, however got out next over to Ehsan after a 41-ball stay.

Khushdil then attacked the resistance bowling and finished the innings with three progressive sixes.

Afghanistan will meet Sri Lanka in the Super Four opener on Saturday in Sharjah while India conflict with rivals Pakistan for the second time in the competition on Sunday.

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