Hong Kong beat United Arab Emirates (UAE) by eight wickets to qualify for the Asia Cup 2022 T20 tournament on Wednesday.
Hong Kong chased down a target of 148 to secure its third successive win in the Asia Cup qualifiers held at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat, Oman.
Ahead of the final league match, Hong Kong and UAE were put in a must-win situation after Kuwait’s whirlwind win over Singapore helped it to take the lead on Net Run Rate.
Their match against India will be on August 31 in Dubai, followed by the clash against Pakistan in Sharjah on September 2. Co-incidentally, Hong Kong had defeated UAE in the 2018 qualifiers to join India and Pakistan in the same group of the ODI Asia Cup event.
HK ASIA CUP 2022 Team
Hong Kong Full Squad
This is Hong Kongs 4th Asia Cup
Nizakat Khan (c)
Scott McKechnie (wk)
Hong Kong’s disciplined bowling effort after winning the toss then helped it to restrict UAE to 147. Skipper Nizakat Khan and opener Yazim Murtaza then powered the side to a quick start in the chase. The duo recorded Hong Kong’s highest-ever T20I opening partnership (85) before Nizakat fell for 39. The chase then went down to the wire before Hong Kong crossed the line with six balls to spare.
For the UAE, their captain CP Rizwan top-scored with 49 from 44 balls, including four fours, while all-rounder Zawar Farid smashed 41 off 27 balls after coming in at number seven, hitting two fours and three sixes, to give their bowling attack something to defend.
It was 37-year-old spinner Ehsan Khan who was named man of the match for his 4-24 in his four overs as the brakes were applied to the UAE innings.
The wait is finally over as the battle for Asian supremacy commences on 27th August with the all-important final on 11th September. The 15th edition of the Asia Cup will serve as ideal preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
|1||Saturday||27th Aug||SL vs AFG||Group-B||Dubai||07:30|
|2||Sunday||28th Aug||IND vs PAK||Group-A||Dubai||07:30|
|3||Tuesday||30th Aug||BAN vs AFG||Group-B||Sarjah||07:30|
|4||Wednesday||31th Aug||Ind vs HK||Group-A||Dubai||07:30|
|5||Thursday||1st sept||SL vs BAN||Group-B||Dubai||07:30|
|6||Friday||2nd sept||PAK vs HK||Group-B||Sarjah||07:30|
|7||Saturday||3rd sept||B1 vs B2||Super-4||Sarjah||07:30|
|8||Sunday||4th sept||A1 vs A2||Super-4||Dubai||07:30|
|9||Tuesday||6th sept||A1 vs B1||Super-4||Dubai||07:30|
|10||Wednesday||7th sept||A2 vs B2||Super-4||Dubai||07:30|
|11||Thursday||8th sept||A1 vs B2||Super-4||Dubai||07:30|
|12||Friday||9th sept||B1 vs A2||Super-4||Dubai||07:30|
|13||Sunday||11th sept||Final [1st super 4 vs 2nd super 4}||Dubai||07:30|