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Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Seamer Usman Khan picked up three wickets in an over as Pakistan dismissed minnows Hong Kong for a paltry 116 in a group A match of the Asia Cup. Catch Pakistan vs Hong Kong live score updates here

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Imam-ul-Haq, Asia Cup 2018
Imam-ul-Haq. Photo: @ICC

In today’s match, Pakistan will begin their campaign with a clash against Hong Kong, a team that has done exceptionally well to make a place in Top 6 cricket teams in Asia after beating Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, two teams with ODI status. The Asia Cup is the third-biggest ODI tournament in the world, given the number of viewers in the continent and the passion of the followers far outstrips any other regional fan base. This would be enough to encourage Hong Kong to show their mettle as they play their first Asia Cup fixture since 2008. Last time when Pakistan and Hong Kong met each other in 2008, Pakistan scored 288/9 in 50 overs after opting to bat first. They then wrapped-up Hong Kong for just 133 in the 38th over to win the match by a whopping 155 runs.

Asia Cup 2018: final scorecard

 
 
ICC gives ODI-status to both Hong Kong fixtures

Meanwhile, ICC has decided to accord One-Day International status to India and Pakistan's group league matches against Hong Kong in Hong Kong, an ICC associate member, is yet to get ODI status but have beaten Nepal, who recently earned the ODI status, to qualify for the Asia Cup. When a country doesn't have an ODI status, the matches aren't counted as official One-dayers. Stay tuned for Asia Cup highlights

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

The Man of the Match @Usmanshinwari6 with his trophy  pic.twitter.com/ShFrWqYu4A — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 16, 2018

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Left-arm pacer @Usmanshinwari6 is the Man of the Match for his match winning figures of 3 for 19.#PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo pic.twitter.com/XUyKhCc14n — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 16, 2018

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets to start their Asia Cup 2018 campaign on a high note. Full Scorecard: https://t.co/wjPou2wbU9 #PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo pic.twitter.com/glueOdOHs1 — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 16, 2018

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan cruise to victory in their #AsiaCup2018 opener! Imam-ul-Haq top scores with 50* as they knock off their target of 117 in 23.4 overs to beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets!#PAKvHK scorecard  https://t.co/m411ePp9Q8 pic.twitter.com/FmHfD3RI6O — ICC (@ICC) September 16, 2018

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Imam-ul-Haq plays it for a single! The first ODI half-century comes up for @ImamUlHaq12 #PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 #HarSaansMeinBolo pic.twitter.com/WFPCXIyLdG — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 16, 2018

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

PAKISTAN WIN THE MATCH BY 8 WICKETS

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan: 120/2 in 23.4 Overs Over Summary: 1 0 1 4 Aizaz Khan (3-0-13-0) is back into the attack and malik takes a single off the first. Imam on 49, guides the 2nd ball to backward point, no run. Imam takes a single to complete his first 50 as he converted all his earlier 50s into 100. He has 4 hundreds and now one 50 under his belt. Malik hit the 4th ball over mid-wicket for FOUR and with Pakistan wins the match

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan: 114-2 in 23 Overs Over Summary: 1 3 Wd 0 1 0 4 Ehsan continues, Malik plays the first ball in the leg side for a single. Imam glanced the 2nd ball to fine leg for a couple of runs. WIDE. DOT ball. Malik takes a single off the 4th ball. DOT ball. Imam dance down the ground and hit the ball for FOUR. 

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan: 104-2 in 22 Overs Over Summary: Wd 6 0 1 0 0 1 Nawaz to Imam-ul-Haq, wide. Imam smashed the short ball for SIX. No run off the next ball. A single off the 3rd ball for Imam. DOT ball. Another DOT. Shoaib Malik nudges the last ball to backward square leg for a single

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Pakistan: 95-2 in 21 Overs Over Summary: 0 W 0 0 1 1 Ehsan Khan to Babar Azam, punches the first ball to mid-wicket. Babr Azam OUT, gets a thin outside edge, esily taken by wicket-keeper. Babar Azam c Scott McKechnie b Ehsan Khan 33(36) [4s-3 6s-1] Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease and Ehsan turns the 3rd ball which kissed the Malik's pad, no run. Another DOT ball. Malik takes a single off the 5th ball. Imam takes a single to keep the strike. 

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Congratulations to @babarazam258 on reaching 2,000 ODI runs! He reaches the milestone in 45 innings, the joint quickest for Pakistan alongside Zaheer Abbas! #PAKvHK #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/LBodTpPoFO — ICC (@ICC) September 16, 2018

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 16:00 IST

Asia Cup 2018 Pak vs HK highlights: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

Seamer Usman Khan picked up three wickets in an over as Pakistan dismissed minnows Hong Kong for a paltry 116 in a group A match of the Asia Cup. Catch Pakistan vs Hong Kong live score updates here

In today’s match, Pakistan will begin their campaign with a clash against Hong Kong, a team that has done exceptionally well to make a place in Top 6 cricket teams in Asia after beating Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, two teams with ODI status. The Asia Cup is the third-biggest ODI tournament in the world, given the number of viewers in the continent and the passion of the followers far outstrips any other regional fan base. This would be enough to encourage Hong Kong to show their mettle as they play their first Asia Cup fixture since 2008. Last time when Pakistan and Hong Kong met each other in 2008, Pakistan scored 288/9 in 50 overs after opting to bat first. They then wrapped-up Hong Kong for just 133 in the 38th over to win the match by a whopping 155 runs.

Asia Cup 2018: final scorecard

 
 
ICC gives ODI-status to both Hong Kong fixtures

Meanwhile, ICC has decided to accord One-Day International status to India and Pakistan's group league matches against Hong Kong in Hong Kong, an ICC associate member, is yet to get ODI status but have beaten Nepal, who recently earned the ODI status, to qualify for the Asia Cup. When a country doesn't have an ODI status, the matches aren't counted as official One-dayers. Stay tuned for Asia Cup highlights

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