Web Desk (September 16, 2018): Hong Kong on Sunday after winning the toss against Pakistan choose to bat first in Asia Cup.
Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath opened the Hong Kong innings. For Pakistan Mohammad Amir opened the bowling attack.
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After the 10th over, Hong Kong scored 32 on two wickets. Babar Hayat and Christopher Carter were on the crease. Pakistan’s medium pacer Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf took one wicket each.
Earlier, in their bid to lift their third Asia Cup title, Pakistan expected to face stiff competition from the defending champions India, apart from four other Asian rivals – Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh. The men in green will start their campaign against debutant Hong Kong on September 16 and will take on arch-rivals India on September 19.
The Pakistan squad that features in the tournament is blended with both fresh faces and experienced campaigners.In their most recent clash back in 2008 Asia Cup, Pakistan scored 288/9 in their 50 overs after electing 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.
Here is a look at Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad
Pakistan’s squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi.
Hong Kong Squad: Anshuman Rath (C), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie, Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed and Nizakat Khan.
Asia Cup 2018 full schedule
15 September: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai) 16 September: Pakistan vs Hong Kong (Dubai) 17 September: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
18 September: India vs Hong Kong (Dubai) 19 September: India vs Pakistan (Dubai) 20 September: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi) Super Four21 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai) 21 September: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 September: Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai) 23 September: Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 September: Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 September: Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
28 September: Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)