Asia Cup 2022: Hong Kong qualifies for main round, joins India, Pakistan

Hong Kong certified for the main Asia Cup occasion after defeating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by eight wickets on the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.

With Hong Kong ending the Qualifiers because the top-ranked facet, they are going to now be a part of India and Pakistan in Group A of the Asia Cup T20 occasion. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in Group B of the competitors.

Their match towards India might be on August 31 in Dubai, adopted by the conflict towards Pakistan in Sharjah on September 2. Co-incidentally, Hong Kong had defeated UAE within the 2018 qualifiers to affix India and Pakistan in the identical group of the ODI Asia Cup occasion.

Ahead of the ultimate match of the Asia Cup qualifiers, Hong Kong and UAE have been put in a must-win scenario after Kuwait defeated Singapore by six wickets and accomplished their chase of 105 in 7.5 overs to be on prime of the desk on the idea of Net Run Rate.

Electing to bowl first, off-spinner Ehsan Khan shined for Hong Kong with the ball, choosing 4-24 in his 4 overs. He was well-supported by right-arm medium pacer Ayush Shukla, picked three for 30 in his three overs, whereas Aizaz Khan (2-8) and Yasim Murtaza (1-17) chipped in with very important contributions to bowl out UAE for 147 in 19.3 overs.

For the UAE, their captain CP Rizwan top-scored with 49 from 44 balls, together with 4 fours, whereas all-rounder Zawar Farid smashed 41 off 27 balls after coming in at quantity seven, hitting two fours and three sixes, to present their bowling assault one thing to defend.

In reply, Murtaza and skipper Nizakat Khan powered Hong Kong to a fast begin, sharing a stand of 85 runs in 10.5 overs, recording the facet’s highest-ever T20I opening partnership. Nizakat fell for 39, together with 5 fours, whereas Murtaza made 58 off 43 balls, smashing seven fours and a six.

Babar Hayat (38 not out) and Kinchit Shah (six not out) ensured Hong Kong crossed the road with six balls to spare to seal the final remaining spot for Asia Cup. Hong Kong, ranked twenty third within the ICC T20I rankings, might be making their first-ever Asia Cup T20I look and fourth general after enjoying in 2004, 2008 and 2018 editions in ODI format.

Brief Scores: UAE 147 all out in 19.3 overs (CP Rizwan 49, Zawar Farid 41; Ehsan Khan 4-24, Ayush Shukla 3-30) misplaced to Hong Kong 149-2 in 19 overs (Yasim Murtaza 58, Nizakat Khan 39; Basil Hameed 1-31, Junaid Siddique 1-35) by eight wickets –IANS


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