Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Score Asia Cup 2022: HKG keeps it tight in PowerPlay; Babar Azam falls early

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE Coverage of the Pakistan vs Hong Kong Group A match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Aizaz with the ball now. Slower one outside off, Rizwan waits a bit before flicking it for one on the leg side.


Ehsan to bowl the last over of the PowerPlay. Zaman steps out and pierces cover and point for a couple. Rizwan looks for a cheeky nudge to third man with open face but misses. He then whips one to deep midwicket for one. Defended back to the bowler and that’s the end of the PowerPlay.


Shukla bowls his second. Back of a length, Rizwan shuffles across the stumps and misses this heave as the ball thuds high on his thigh. A single each for Rizwan and Zaman. FOUR! Width outside off and Rizwan doesn’t miss out. Cuts this through point for a boundary. The keeper comes up to the stumps now. Shukla bowls it wide outside off and this is just under the tramline and Rizwan misses trying to steers this behind square with open face. FOUR! Goes for the same shot and this time beats third man to the boundary.


Arshad back for his second. Wide and full outside off and Zaman drives it straight to extra cover. FOUR! Similar delivery wide outside off but this time the ball goes through the cover for a boundary. This one is too far outside off and will be called wide. Arshad comes from around the wicket now and bowls another wide outside off. The buzzer goes off and it will be a no-ball too. Free hit coming up for Zaman. Arshad comes back from over the wicket to the left-hander and darts a slower one. Zaman swings across the line and misses. Zaman drives this full and wide outside off delivery straight to cover again. Huge change for run out missed as Rizwan darts off for the single and Zaman leaves it to fate and gives up halfway down the pitch. No direct-hit luckily for him. FOUR! Imperious shot for four to end the over by Zaman.


Spin into the attack as Ehsan comes on to bowl. Flighted a bit and driven down to long-on by Babar for a single. Just two runs from the first three balls of this over. FOUR! First boundary of the match. Babar waits for this length ball and pulls this very flat to the backward square leg boundary. OUT! And this is driven straight bat to the bowler by Babar and Ehsan holds on to it. Huge wicket for Hong Kong. Babar Azam c & b Ehsan Khan 9(8b 1×4). Fakhar Zaman flicks this flighted delivery off his toes for a single and gets off the mark.


Ayush Shukla from the other end. Babar drives this full and straight delivery down the ground for a single. A bit of inswing and Rizwan gets a bit of inside edge as he cross-bats this to square leg for a single. One more for Babar with a punch to deep mid wicket. Rizwan drives this well, perhaps the best connection today so far, but straight to cover for another dot ball. Single to third man next ball. Babar flicks it off the pads for a single at deep midwicket. Another tidy over.


Haroon Arshad starts off. Rizwan defends this length ball outside off to cover for a dot ball. Three dots to start with. Rizwan gets off the mark off the fourth ball as he steers a length delivery wide outside off behind point for a single. Babar on strike. Length ball in the channel and Babar defends it back to the bowler, with a bit of the toe end of the bat. A cautious start so far from the openers. This length ball outside off stays low and Babar awkardly pokes it to point for a quick single. Just two runs from the first over.

The Hong Kong players in a huddle. Can they pull off an upset here? We’ll know soon as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan skip onto the field.

7:25 PM IST

Time for the national anthems in Sharjah. It is Hong Kong’s that plays first. Done with the anthems. Live action soon…

TOSS: Hong Kong wins the toss and elects to bowl. Both teams are unchanged from their previous game.

Pakistan Playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani.

Hong Kong Playing XI: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Zeeshan Ali, Scott McKechnie (wk), Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Ayush Shukla, Mohammad Ghazanfar.

Babar Azam: We would have batted first. We wanted to put runs on the board and put them under pressure. We have the same team.

Nizakat Khan: We are gonna bowl again. We are very good at chasing. We are going to make sure today that we stick to our plans and execute them. Back in Hong Kong, we play on slow, low wickets. This is very similar and we also rely on spin. We bowled well till the 13th over. Today, we have a very good plan and I am sure that the boys will do well. We are going with the same team.

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Pakistan will take on Hong Kong in a Group A game in Sharjah on Friday for a place in the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup. Both teams lost their respective campaign openers against India, which makes this a virtual knockout.

Although Hong Kong lost its first match to India, there were a few positives. Hong Kong had kept India down to only 70 in the first 10 overs with Ehsan Khan and Yasim Murtaza, although wicketless, conceding less than seven runs per over.


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Hong Kong’s death bowling is an issue, which was acknowledged by skipper Nizakat Khan. His bowlers leaked 58 runs in the last four overs.

Pakistan endured a similar shortcoming against India after its death bowlers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf cramped up. Hasan Ali, who has replaced an injured Mohammad Wasim, did not play against India but could get a look-in against Hong Kong.


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Hasan was earlier dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the ODI series in the Netherlands and for the Asia Cup after a poor run of form with the ball although skipper Babar Azam, on the eve of India v Pakistan, insisted that “Hasan was not dropped, he was rested.”


Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali


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Hong Kong Squad: Babar Hayat, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Kinchit Shah, Nizakat Khan (c), Aizaz Khan, Yasim Murtaza, Zeeshan Ali, Scott McKechnie, Haroon Arshad, Aftab Hussain, Ehsan Khan, Dhananjay Rao, Ayush Shukla, Wajid Shah, Mohammad Waheed, Ahan Trivedi, Ateeq Iqbal

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