ASIA CUP 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Usman Khan bagged a three-wicket haul for Pakistan © Getty
Staying true to the game’s build-up, Hong Kong’s batting proved quite a mismatch for Pakistan’s red-hot bowling attack in the second Asia Cup game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (September 16). Hong Kong were bowled out for 116 in 37.1 overs, Usman Khan leading the pack with three wickets against his name.
It was a good toss to win for Anshuman Rath in very hot conditions but Pakistan’s relentless bowling attack kept striking with the sheer power of its diversity, preying on Hong Kong’s nerves and deficiency. Mohammad Amir was a touch full to start with, rightly trying to extract swing, but Usman Khan found enough bounce to trouble the openers. But that said, it was a run out that got Pakistan going in the wickets column. Nizakat Khan perished to Shadab Khan’s arm at backward point, surprisingly evading the throw instead of trying to get back in the crease.
Faheem Ashraf struck in his first over, having Anshuman Rath edging behind to keep his hot run with the ball intact. Hasan Ali then followed up with Christopher Carter’s wicket, leaving Hong Kong reeling at 39 for 3.
It was Shadab Khan’s double strike in the bowler’s first over that denied Hong Kong an opportunity of a fightback. Babar Hayat and Ehsan Khan fell in a space of three balls, and Hong Kong could never recover from that double-wicket maiden. Aizaz Khan and Kinchit Shah put up some fight, tallying 53 runs for the sixth wicket. Both of them fell in an inspired spell of bowling by Usman, who picked three wickets in an over.
Last wicket fell to a run-out, much like it all started, leaving Pakistan needing a paltry 117 on a pretty flat pitch to win the encounter.
Brief Scores: Hong Kong 116 in 37.1 overs (Aizaz Khan 27, Kinchit Shah 26; Usman Khan 3-19) vs Pakistan