Asia Cup: Pak get big win over Hong Kong

Asia Cup: Pak get big win over Hong Kong

Easily done: Pakistan’s Usman Khan is congratulated by a team-mate after dismissing Hong Kong batsman Scott McKechnie during their Asia Cup match on Sunday. AFP

Usman Khan took three wickets before opener Imam-ul-Haq hit an unbeaten fifty as Pakistan notched up a dominating eight-wicket win over minnows Hong Kong in a Group A match of the Asia Cup ODI tournament here on Sunday.

Electing to bat, Hong Kong folded for a paltry 116 in 37.1 overs, courtesy Usman’s 3 for 19 and two-wicket hauls by Shadab Khan (2/31) and Hasan Ali (2/19).

Pakistan then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 120 for 2 in 23.4 overs, built mainly around opener Imam’s 69-ball unbeaten 50 that was laced with three fours and a six.

Chasing 117 to win, Pakistan made a good start with Imam and Fakhar Zaman sharing a 41-run partnership in 8 overs for the opening wicket.

Pakistan lost their first wicket when Fakhar was caught by McKechnie off Ehsan Khan’s ball in the 9th over.

Imam and new man Babar then added 52 runs to take the team close to the target.