Pakistan v Hong Kong at Karachi Asia Cup Cricket 2008


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PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 155 runs

Pakistan made Hong Kong realise the gruels of top-level international cricket, handing them a crushing 155-run defeat in a Group B match of the Asia Cup at National stadium on Tuesday night.
Electing to bat, Pakistan overcame early hiccups to post an imposing 288 for nine and then stopped Hong Kong at 133 for nine in 37.2 overs to make an easy winning start. Hong Kong innings folded without losing all ten wickets as Zain Abbas did not complete his innings after retiring at individual score of 26, which was also highest for them.
Hong Kong, led by Tabarak Dar, did well in the first part stopping Pakistan from reaching 300 but scoring against experienced attack was the real test of their batting line up. Sohail Tanvir put up a brilliant all round show in Pakistan's victory as he first played a crucial 59-run knock and then picked up two wickets to pile up agony for Hong Kong.
The pace trio of Tanvir (2/20), Umar Gul and Iftikhar Anjum (2/18) intimidated, bruised and then devastated the opponent batting. Tanvir, Anjum and spinning all rounder Shahid Afridi, who once again failed with the bat, shared six wickets among them.
Earlier, Fawad Alam (63 not out) and Tanvir (59) shared a crucial eight-wicket 100-run stand to propel Pakistan to 288 for nine. Pakistan, electing to bat, were struggling at 161 for seven against minnows before the spin-pace combo of Alam and Tanvir joined hands to lift the hosts from what appeared to be an embarrassing situation.
Their top-order failed to build on to good starts and surprisingly struggled to negotiate a nascent attack, which did exceptionally well to put their fancied opponents under pressure.
Nadeem Ahmed ripped apart the Pakistan middle order to return brilliant figures of four for 51 after Afzal Ahmed and Irfan Ahmed removed openers. Paceman Irfan (2/59) chipped in with two wickets. Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik (35) opened the batting with Salman Butt (0).
Malik sizzled for a while, hitting seven boundaries in his short stay, before becoming the victim of Irfan. The hosts batsmen did not build up partnerships and only Younis Khan, who struck a superb 67 showed will to stay at the crease.
Younis played crucial knock, adorned with eight fours and one six, up the order to save his team from blushes. After big hitter Shahid Afridi (4) and Misbah-ul Haq (2) failed to wield the magic of their batting prowess, Alam and Tanvir ensured they put enough runs on the board for themselves.
While Alam played patiently, building his innings ball after ball, Tanvir's knock was mixture of aggression and calm. Alam consumed 77 balls for his unbeaten 63 and helped himself with three boundaries. Tanvir contributed a useful 59, aided by six boundaries, to give his team relief.
PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 288 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat Hong Kong 133 for 9 (37.2 overs) by 155 runs

Pakistan v Hong Kong at Karachi

Score Card

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
288 for 9 (50.0 overs)
133 for 9 (37.2 overs)

Pakistan Innings - Close
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Butt c Atkinson b Haider
0
3 0 0
Malik c Butt b Ahmed
35
32 7 0
Younus st Atkinson b Ahmed
67
65 8 1
Yousuf c Haider b Ahmed
28
28 5 0
Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Ahmed
2
8 0 0
Alam not out
 
63
77 3 0
Afridi c and b Ahmed
4
6 0 0
Ahmed run out
 
7
15 1 0
Tanvir c sub b Abbas
59
55 6 0
Gul c Ahmed b Ahmed
8
9 0 0
Anjum not out
 
3
2 0 0
Extras
 
10w 2lb 12
 
Total
 
for 9 288 (50.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Haider 7.0 0 51 1
Ahmed 10.0 0 59 2
Abbas 6.0 0 56 1
Ahmed 9.0 1 51 4
Amar 10.0 0 35 0
Dar 8.0 1 34 0
Fall of wicket
 
0 Butt
67 Malik
121 Yousuf
135 Younus
140 Misbah-ul-Haq
150 Afridi
161 Ahmed
261 Tanvir
283 Gul

Hong Kong Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Dar lbw b Afridi
24
51 3 0
Ali c sub b Tanvir
8
20 1 0
Ahmed
 
b Anjum
0
1 0 0
Butt
 
b Anjum
4
13 0 0
Kruger
 
b Tanvir
0
4 0 0
Abbas retd hurt
 
26
54 2 0
Atkinson
 
b Afridi
18
30 2 0
Dar run out
 
14
12 3 0
Amar lbw b Younus
21
25 2 0
Ahmed c Misbah-ul-Haq b Alam
2
14 0 0
Haider not out
 
0
0 0 0
Extras
 
13w 1b 2lb 16
 
Total
 
for 9 133 (37.2 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Gul 6.0 1 19 0
Tanvir 6.0 1 20 2
Anjum 6.0 1 18 2
Afridi 8.0 0 31 2
Malik 8.0 0 31 0
Alam 2.2 0 8 1
Younus 1.0 0 3 1
Fall of wicket
 
28 Ali
28 Ahmed
32 Kruger
45 Butt
76 Atkinson
102 Dar
126 Dar
133 Amar
133 Ahmed

Umpires: A L Hill, B G Jerling
Pakistan: Alam, Butt, Younus, Misbah-ul-Haq, Yousuf, Malik, Afridi, Ahmed, Tanvir, Gul, Anjum
Hong Kong: Dar, Kruger, Haider, Butt, Amar, Ali, Abbas, Atkinson, Ahmed, Ahmed, Dar


Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.