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In Asia Cup encounter on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Pakistani bowlers demolished a fledgling Hong Kong batting line-up. And delivered a 155 run victory, ensuring a position in the Super Four and a rematch with India this Sunday.

Highlights  from the Cricket Match

In a crucial Twenty20  Cricket match, Pakistan scored 193-2, thanks to a 116-run partnership between Rizwan (78 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (53), who were given the opportunity to bat first on a flat Sharjah surface.

After that, Pakistani spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz shared seven wickets to dismiss Hong Kong for 155 runs in 10.4 overs.

 

In addition to being their lowest score against Pakistan, who had dismissed West Indies for 60 in 2018, it was Hong Kong’s lowest T20 international total since their 69 against Nepal in 2014.

In round two of the six-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup Cricket match in Australia in October-November, Pakistan joins Afghanistan, India, and Sri Lanka.

In the third over of Hong Kong’s inning, pace bowler Naseem Shah struck twice, including the eight-point dismissal of captain Nizakat Khan.

Hong Kong, which qualified for the main draw by winning all three of its games in the qualifications, was unable to bounce back.

Nawaz claimed three wickets with his left-arm orthodox while Shadab’s leg spin returned stats of 4-8.

Khushdil Shah earlier scored an unbeaten 35 off 15 balls while hitting five sixes, including four in the last over, while Rizwan witnessed the flurry from the non-end striker during a 64-run partnership.

With a consistent line and length, Hong Kong’s bowlers held Pakistan’s openers in check. In the third over, spinner Ehsan Khan also claimed the crucial dismissal of captain Babar Azam for nine runs.

After Azam scored a four off , of Ehsan’s off spin, the bowler quickly exacted retribution by bowling Azam for a catch and bowled to quiet the Pakistani audience.

Following a 41-ball stay, Fakhar was out over Ehsan after switching up his approach and hitting a huge six off Murtaza’s left-arm spin to reach fifty.

After that, Khushdil pounded the opposition’s pitching and ended the innings with three straight sixes.

On Saturday, in Sharjah, the Super Four will kick off with Afghanistan, taking on Sri Lanka, and on Sunday, India will square off against Pakistan’s adversary for the second time in the competition.

Schedule for India vs. Pakistan; Date, Time, and Location

The Super4 stage of Asia Cup 2022 will feature a match between India and Pakistan on September 4 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The toss will occur at 06:30 PM PST, and the game will start at 07:00 PM PST. If both teams win two of their three games in the Super4 stage then they will be eligible to participate in the 2022 Asia Cup final.

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India vs Pakistan Squads

The following players will represent India at the 2022 Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain) , KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan.

Members of Pakistani Squad at the 2022 Asia Cup

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

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