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Pakistan Vs Hong Kong Live Score (ODI)

Date: Sunday, 16 September, 2018 IST Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Match Status: Match Ended

Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

116/10
Overs
37.1
R/R
3.13
Fours
10
Sixes
1
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Nadeem Ahmed not out 9 11 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Amir 7 1 20 0
Usman Khan 7.3 1 19 3
120/2
Overs
23.4
R/R
5.13
Fours
9
Sixes
3
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Imam-ul-Haq not out 50 69 3 1
Shoaib Malik not out 9 11 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Tanwir Afzal 4 2 13 0
Ehsan Nawaz 4 0 27 0
  • A 53-run stand for the 6th wicket between Kinchit Shah and Aizaz Khan helped their team's cause a bit but it was not enough. Once the partnership was broken, the following batsmen fell like a pack of cards. Usman Khan was the tormenter-in-chief as he took three wickets in an over. The Pakistani bowlers didn't allow the tail to wag as well. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan were in their elements and took 2 wickets apiece. Looks like it will be a cakewalk for Pakistan. Can the Hong Kong bowlers spring a surprise? Join us on the other side of the break.
  • A terrific bowling performance from Pakistan has ensured that Hong Kong have been bundled out for a meager total. No surprise though as it was too much of an ask for the minnows to compete against a team who are at the top of their game at the moment. The Hong Kong openers started cautiously, got off to starts but failed to convert them. The Men in Green continued to take wickets at regular intervals, denying the opposition any sort of momentum.
  • Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is being interviewed near the ropes and he says that his team stuck to the back of a length and kept the lines tight. Adds further that he is happy where his side is at the moment. Feels that the finger spinners did not turn the ball as much last night. Reckons it was a bit more humid and bit more conducive for spin last night as compared to today. States that all his boys have worked hard to improve their fielding standards and applauds his fielders for taking a couple of good catches and making some important run outs. Admits that Mohammad Nawaz is a good bowler and feels that the wickets will get drier as the tournament progresses and Nawaz will come into play more in the later stages. States that they will look to go ahead with a professional batting display today and chase the total down as early as possible. Informs that his team has trained hard in Lahore before coming here and also have gone through three training sessions on this ground. Hence he believes that they cannot complain about the heat and ends by saying that it is what it is and they have to work hard.
  • 37.1 OUT! That's the final nail in the coffin! On a length on middle and off, Ehsan taps it towards mid on and takes off. His partner doesn't respond and turns his back on him. The substitute, Mohammad Nawaz has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Ali is backing up nicely. He picks up the ball and lobs it to Sarfraz as Ehsan is stranded halfway. He tries to get back but the keeper takes the bails off. The Pakistan skipper looks angry. It is taken upstairs. The replay finds the batsman well short. HONG KONG ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 116!
  • Seems that a suicidal run out has taken place. Nawaz is the man in question. Looks like he is a goner.
  • 36.6 Outside off, Ahmed pushes at it but misses. 116/9
  • 36.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 36.4 An appeal for an LBW turned down! Googly around off, Nawaz prods forward to block but is hit on the pads. Shadab is confident but the umpire shakes his head. The impact might have saved him.
  • If Pakistan are not able to pick up the final wicket by 1830 local, then we will have the innings break as and when the innings ends. However, if they do manage to get that final wicket before 1430 GMT, then they will come out to bat till 1900 local.
  • 36.3 Tossed up outside off, Ahmed tries to defend but gets an outside edge past slip for a single.
  • 36.2 Quicker and straighter one outside off, left alone.
  • 36.1 Floated outside off, driven through covers for a single.
  • 35.6 Ehsan taps this one towards covers. There is a direct hit at the striker's end which allows the batsmen to take the overthrow. 113/9
  • 35.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 35.4 A sharp short ball on middle, Nawaz ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • 35.3 Ali pulls his length back a bit. Nawaz hangs back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 35.2 Full length ball, angling in, Ehsan puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 35.1 Overpitched outside off, driven nicely through covers for a single.
  • 34.6 Slower through the air, driven with the spin to sweeper cover for a run. 111/9
  • 34.5 A half-tracker from Shadab, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 34.4 Quicker in pace, pushed down the track.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Shot! Googly around off, Nawaz picks it to perfection and sweeps it all along the carpet through square leg. Beats the man in the deep to pick up a boundary.
  • 34.2 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 34.1 A lot of revs on that one outside off, Ahmed comes forward to block it but the ball spins away past his outside edge.
  • Shadab Khan is back.
  • 33.6 Outside off, Nawaz pushes at it but misses. 104/9
  • 33.5 Full and straight, placed to mid on to rotate strike.
  • 33.4 Overpitched around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 33.3 FOUR! What a shot from the No. 11! He holds his pose for the cameras after playing that one. Full ball on middle and leg, Ahmed with a high backlift lifts it over mid on to find the fence.
  • 33.2 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • Nadeem Ahmed strides out to bat.
  • 33.1 OUT! Hasan Ali gets his second wicket! Hong Kong are sliding downhill in a jiffy. On a length around off, leaving the southpaw. Shah is not quite to the pitch of the ball as he pushes at it and is not in control of the shot as well. It flies towards Shadab Khan at backward point who leaps and takes it with utmost ease.
  • 32.6 Wicket-to-wicket line from Zaman, the batsman comes forward and blocks it. 99/8
  • 32.5 Coming in with the arm, Nawaz tries to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 32.4 Full ball on middle, driven to mid on.
  • Usman Khan is walking off the field. Not good news for Pakistan as he is in really good form and there is an important match coming up against India on 19th September. Hopefully it is nothing serious. Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman will complete his over.
  • 32.3 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 32.2 Good work from Shadab! On a length outside off, placed towards backward point where the all-rounder attacks the ball to cut it off to his left.
  • 32.1 Usman doesn't get the hat-trick! Full ball on middle and leg, kept out defensively.
  • Usman Khan is on a hat-trick. Can he take it?
  • 31.6 Fullish delivery around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off. 99/8
  • 31.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 31.4 On a shorter length outside off, Nawaz pokes at it and edges it but it falls short of the slip fielder.
  • 31.3 On a length outside off, glided down to third man to rotate strike.
  • 31.2 Short ball this time, Shah ducks under it.
  • 31.1 Fullish ball around off, kept out watchfully.
  • Ehsan Nawaz is the new man in.
  • 30.6 OUT! Make that three wickets in the over! Usman Khan is on fire. He is running through the lower order single-handedly. Steams in from around the wicket and bowls a fuller length ball around off. The ball seams in a touch after landing and that is enough to breach the forward defense of Afzal to hit the timber. Usman will be on a hat-trick in the next over. 97/8
  • Tanwir Afzal comes out to bat.
  • 30.5 OUT! Another one bites the dust! The DRS hasn't come into play because of the batsman's mistake. I think however that it would have hardly mattered as it looked dead to the naked eye. Coming back to the ball, it was full and fast around off. McKechnie shuffled across and tried to clip it across but missed to get hit on the boots. Another convincing shout from Pakistan and up went the umpire's finger. Well, Scott walked across to his partner and wanted to signal the 'T' but he was timed out by the umpire. Two wickets in the space of 4 balls for Usman Khan.
  • McKechnie has taken a late call to take the review against an LBW decision. However, the umpire walks across to him and tells that he has exceeded the stipulated time, that is 15 seconds, before he challenged the decision. He has been given the marching orders now.
  • 30.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 30.3 On a length on middle and off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • Scott McKechnie comes out to bat.
  • 30.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! The sound of timber is music to the ears of a pace bower. Usman is absolutely delighted! The promising 53-run stand has been nipped in the bud. Coming back to the ball, it is in the avenue of apprehension. Aizaz is unsure whether to come forward or stay back. Eventually, he takes a step forward gingerly in order to block it but the ball nips in after pitching and the batsman is beaten by pace as well. Misses it altogether to get his stumps shattered. Can Pakistan clean up the tail in a jiffy now?
  • 30.2 Wide! A bit shorter in length but the line is awry. It is down the leg side as Aizaz misses his swipe across the line.
  • 30.1 Full ball on middle and leg, worked away with a closed bat face towards short mid-wicket.
  • 29.6 Straighter on this occasion, fuller in length, helped to the man at square leg. 96/5
  • 29.5 That was a strange shot! A bouncer from Amir. Aizaz Khan goes for the pull but gets it off the bottom edge towards third man. A single taken.
  • 29.4 Pitched up delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 29.3 Short ball but there is not much pace on this track to zip through to the batsman. Aizaz pulls it away towards square leg.
  • 29.2 Aizaz Khan missed out there! Low full toss outside off, the batsman tries to glide it square of the wicket on the off side but gets an outside edge behind towards the keeper who dives to his right to stop it.
  • 29.1 Fullish delivery around off, Aizaz comes forward and defends it nicely.
  • 28.6 Full length ball around off, defended solidly off the front foot. 95/5
  • 28.5 Short ball on middle and leg, this time Aizaz pulls it behind square leg for a single.
  • 28.4 That's hit the batsman on his pads.
  • 28.3 Safe! Brilliant use of the DRS from Hong Kong. Usman comes from around the wicket and bowls a good length ball around off. Aizaz tries to pull it across but is hit high on the back pad. Pakistan appeal in unison and the umpire obliges. Shah tells his partner to challenge the decision and he does so. Time for the replays. The Hawk Eye rolls in and shows that the ball is going over the stumps. Relief for the batsman.
  • Review time! Aizaz Khan has been trapped in front of the wickets but his partner eggs him to take the review instantly to which he agrees. Height can be the only factor which might save him.
  • 28.2 Back of a length outside off, Kinchit guides it past the backward point fielder to rotate strike. The 50-run stand is up between the duo. These two are going along well now and need to carry on the good work.
  • 28.1 Too many deliveries on the pads from the pacers. Shah gets forward and across to flick it through wide mid on. The deep mid-wicket fielder has a lot of ground to cover and by the time he cuts it off, the batsmen take two.
  • Usman Khan is back on.
  • 27.6 Pitched up ball around off, Aizaz places it towards the point region. 91/5
  • 27.5 Amir pulls his length back a touch and lands it in the corridor of uncertainty, Khan camps back and blocks it towards point. Wants a run but there isn't one on offer.
  • 27.4 Straying on the pads, flicked away nonchalantly in front of square leg for an easy single.
  • 27.3 Fullish delivery outside off, Aizaz leans forward and just pushes it through extra cover for a run. These two are rotating the strike well now.
  • 27.2 Too straight and too full, easy pickings for Kinchit as he clips it around the corner to change strike.
  • 27.1 Full ball around off, kept out watchfully.
  • 26.6 Short ball, Khan rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a brace. 88/5
  • 26.5 An appeal for an LBW falls on deaf ears! On a quicker pace and the googly perhaps. Khan kneels and tries to sweep it but misses to get pinged on the pads. Shadab rises up in an appeal but the umpire stays put. The replays rolls in later. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact was outside off and that puts the argument to bed.
  • 26.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.3 Full and quicker in pace outside off, Aizaz leans ahead and blocks it nicely.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Shadab tosses this one outside off, Khan kneels and takes it on the full to slog sweep it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 26.1 Shadab slips in the googly, Aizaz comes forward and defends it off the inner half gingerly.
  • 25.6 On a length, shaping in, defended stoutly off the back foot. 82/5
  • 25.5 Back to hitting the good length area and the natural angle is bringing it into the southpaw. Shah comes forward and pats it towards point.
  • 25.4 Shorter in length and slower in pace probably. Aizaz has ample time to pull it through square leg for a run.
  • 25.3 On a length, angling across Khan. He reaches to the pitch of the ball and taps it towards the point region.
  • 25.2 Fractionally overpitched on the pads, Shah clips it nicely towards fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 25.1 Starts off his second spell with a full length ball around off, Kinchit leans ahead and defends it with a straight bat.
  • Yup. Not for long. Mohammad Amir comes back for a bowl immediately as his captain orders.
  • 24.6 Outside off, Aizaz has a push but misses. The keeper appeals but in vain. 'AAJA AAMIR!' he shouts. Meaning the fast bowler should come in soon. 80/5
  • 24.5 Around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 24.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 24.3 ANOTHER MISFIELD. Usman Khan this time. Short and outside off, Shah cuts it towards point where Khan slides and misses the ball completely. By the time he gets up and looks to return the ball, a single is taken.
  • 24.2 Huge LBW shout, not given. Tossed up on middle, Kinchit looks to sweep but misses. That hit the arm as per the replays.
  • 24.2 WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 24.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 23.6 SIX! BANG! That has come out of the blue. Absolutely against the run of play as Aizaz skips down the track and gets to the pitch of this tossed up ball and swings through the line of the delivery to get it over the mid off fielder. The elevation, and timing is exquisite and the ball sails over the long off boundary for a huge one. Hong Kong will love to get more of these and get some quick runs on the board. 78/5
  • 23.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 23.4 Straighter ball again as Shah tries to flick it but misses the ball and gets rapped on the pads. Luckily he's not in front of the wicket there.
  • 23.3 Khan has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 23.2 A bit straighter this one and is easily turned into the leg side for a single.
  • 23.1 Tossed up around off and Shah prods forward to defend with a dead bat onto the ground.
  • 22.6 A bit slower and fuller in length. Khan comes forward looking to keep it out but the ball turns away from him and takes the thick outside edge to roll towards the short third man fielder. No run and no harm done. 69/5
  • 22.5 A bit slower and on the batsman's pads, Shah flicks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 22.4 Fires this in a bit quicker around off, Shah rocks back and blocks it onto the ground.
  • 22.3 Tossed up on the stumps, defended off the back foot.
  • 22.2 Googly on the stumps, flicked into the square leg region but no run on offer.
  • 22.1 Shadab fires this one on the batsman's legs. Shah waits for it and nudges it late fine down the leg side and the batsmen have run well to take a brace.
  • 21.6 Similar to the first ball of the over, Shah drives it crisply to mid off for yet another single. 66/5
  • 21.5 Fuller on the stumps again, flicked again to exchange strike.
  • 21.4 Shah flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 21.3 Tossed up and a bit slower. Defended off the front foot.
  • 21.2 A bit straighter in line with the stumps, worked into the square leg region for another run.
  • 21.1 Tossed up on off, driven smoothly to mid off for a single.
  • 20.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 61/5
  • 20.5 That was dead had there been no bat. On middle, Shah just about gets his bat down in time to work the ball to the leg side. A single taken. Shadab started to appeal but then bailed out.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Lovely shot. Tossed up outside off, Kinchit drives this straight down the ground. Mid off is a bit wide and cannot get across in time.
  • 20.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 20.2 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 20.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.6 Full and down the leg side, flicked towards square leg. 55/5
  • 19.5 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 19.5 HOWZZZZAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT? Not out, says the umpire. Sarfraz does not take the review. Wide signalled instead. Full and down the leg side, Kinchit looks to sweep but misses. Sarfraz collects and immediately appeals but does not meet any response. Aaah... Snickometer detects a spike when the ball passes the bat!!!
  • 19.4 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 19.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 19.2 Khan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 19.1 The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
  • Shoaib Malik time.
  • 18.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 52/5
  • 18.5 Oops, lucky. Full and on middle, Khan looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits the back of his bat and the keeper is blinded, hence does not realize that there is a catch in the offing. First slip is a bit late to react and hence cannot get to the ball in time as well.
  • 18.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.3 MISFIELD, FOUR! Poor from Fakhar. Full and wide outside off, this time Aizaz picks the spin and lofts it wide of Imam-ul-Haq at short extra cover. The ball should have been cut off by the fielders in the deep but Zaman reaches, dives and tries to pull the ball back in but it rolls back into the ropes.
  • 18.2 Now the leggie from the leggie, Khan looks to drive but misses.
  • 18.1 The googly, spins in from outside off sharply, Aizaz misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 17.6 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 48/5
  • 17.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.4 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a run.
  • 17.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.2 Full and outside off, Aizaz looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. No LBW shout.
  • 17.1 Outside off, steered to third man for a single.
  • 16.6 Dishes this one a bit wide of off, Khan shoulders arms. 44/5
  • 16.5 Khan has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. The fielding side are asking the question. The impact was an issue and that is why, may be, the umpire decides the batsman is not out.
  • 16.4 Tossed up on the off stump, kept out off the front foot.
  • Aizaz Khan walks in.
  • 16.3 OUT! LBW! What a trap this from Shadab. Beat him with a tossed up leggie on the previous ball and then fires in a perfectly executed googly in line with the stumps. Khan is completely beaten by pace as he rocks back looking to turn it into the leg side off the back foot. The batsman expected the ball to turn away but to his shock it comes in and that too a bit quicker on landing. The ball beats his inside edge and raps the pads in front of the wickets. Pakistan go up confidently and the umpire obliges immediately. Very very smart spin bowling from Shadab. He completely foxed Ehsan there. Half the side back in the hut.
  • 16.2 Beaten! We have some spin here. Shadab tosses this one up and wide of off. Ehsan looks to tentatively push at it but the ball lands, grips and spins sharply beating the outside edge of his bat.
  • Ehsan Khan is the new man in at number 6, replacing Hayat.
  • 16.1 OUT! Easy as chalk and cheese. Shadab strikes with his first ball. Tosses this one outside off and Hayat, without even having the patience to try and read him first, wildly jumps down the track. Looks to swing wildly but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and misses as it turns away slightly. Sarfraz doesn't. Easy stumping.
  • First sign of spin. Shadab Khan into the attack.
  • 15.6 A full pitch ball around off, Shah defends it off the front foot. 44/3
  • 15.5 Fuller again a bit outside off. Shah does well to get his front foot ahead and across, drives this well but again straight to the man at covers. These strokes will surely increase his confidence. It's time to find the gaps more often now.
  • 15.4 Fuller in length and in line with the stumps. Shah drives this crisply but straight to mid off.
  • 15.3 Lands this one a bit wide of off and fractionally shorter in length. Hayat waits and opens the bat face to glide it into the vacant gully region to scamper through for a single.
  • 15.2 A length ball around off is blocked out off the back foot.
  • 15.1 Ali starts with a good length ball attacking the body of Shah. Kinchit works it down well into the leg side to change strike.
  • Drinks time. So as expected, Pakistan have managed to keep things tight and have also sent three Hong Kong batsmen packing. Hong Kong will look to build a partnership and form a strong base. The two batsmen will hope to bat until the next drinks break. Their lower order could then launch an attack during the final overs of the innings. Pakistan will be keen on entering the Hong Kong tail as soon as possible.
  • 14.6 Bumper again, good height this time. Hayat does well to get under it and let it go. 42/3
  • 14.5 A bit short this one around off. Hayat seems surprised as he goes back quickly to keep this one out. Well bowled by Ashraf.
  • 14.4 Ashraf keeps it tight by landing this one a bit outside off on a good length. The ball has an inward angle to it which cramps the batsman for room as he blocks it out onto the ground.
  • 14.3 Lands it in the corridor around off, Hayat pushes it to the cover region off the back foot.
  • 14.2 Fuller ball in line with the stumps is impressively flicked to the square leg region for a single.
  • 14.1 Keeps it a bit behind a good length around off, Hayat opens the bat face at the last moment to guide it into the point region to take a run.
  • 14.1 Wide! Bumper bumped in a bit too high. Ashraf starts the over with a wide.
  • 13.6 Pulls the length back and keeps it around off. Shah watchfully blocks it under his eyes. 39/3
  • 13.5 Fuller length ball on off, Kinchit leans forward and drives this one sweetly to the left of mid off. The fielder there, substitute Nawaz, does excellently to run across and dive to stop the ball with one hand. He has saved four runs for his side.
  • 13.4 Dishes this one a bit fuller in length. Gets the batsman to come forward and defend solidly.
  • 13.3 A bit shorter of a good length on the batsman's body. Shah turns this around into the square leg region.
  • Kinchit Shah is the next batsman in.
  • 13.2 OUT! Three down. Hasan strikes! No celebration though. Oh there it is... a mild one. A length ball outside off, Carter walks down the track and tries to hit it through the covers. However, he does not keep it down. Imam-ul-Haq at extra cover takes a sharp catch and Hong Kong have lost another. Whenever such dismissals are seen, I remember the great Ian Chappell on air during the 2007 ODI World Cup. Ian Bell of England got out to Australia during a league game, trying to hit the ball over the top, getting caught in a similar fashion as Carter today. That time, Chappell had remarked, 'Well, there is no point in playing this kind of a shot. You either go over the top and clear the infield or hit the ball along the ground. Not the in-between shots which are neither over nor along.'
  • 13.1 Starts the over with a short of a length ball around off, Hayat taps it into point for a quick single.
  • 12.6 Swerving in on a length, too straight for the bowler's liking. The batsman tucks it with a closed bat face towards wide mid on. Another tidy over, only 1 from it. 38/2
  • 12.5 Back of a length around off, Christopher hangs back and plays it with an angled bat towards cover-point. Wants a run but it is not there on offer.
  • 12.4 Faheem brings out the shortish delivery and it is pretty well-directed too. Carter drops his wrists, sways away from the line and evades it nicely.
  • 12.3 Ashraf again bowls on the middle and leg line. Carter covers it and defends it besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 12.2 Straying on the hips this time, tucked towards fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 12.1 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Hayat leans ahead and drives it nicely to the extra cover fielder.
  • 11.6 A shorter one attacking the stumps. Carter goes back and blocks it with a straight bat. 37/2
  • 11.5 A good length ball on off, Hayat pushes at it and gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls down towards square leg and the batsmen pinch a single.
  • 11.4 Banged in short. Hayat looks to pull but the ball bounces a bit more than he expected and is beaten. Sarfraz behind pouches it with his fingers pointing upwards. Effort ball from Ali, he's known to produce these from time to time.
  • 11.3 This time Carter steers it a bit to the left of point and gets a single.
  • 11.2 A similar delivery is tapped towards point. The batsmen look for a single but it's not on offer.
  • 11.1 A short of a length ball on off is punched towards covers for a single.
  • Hasan Ali into the attack.
  • 10.6 Ends the over with a back of a length delivery around off. Hayat dabs it into the point region for a single. He will retain the strike. 34/2
  • 10.5 Ashraf dishes this a bit wide of off stump and a bit shorter of a length. Carter slashes at it, gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies towards third man, but they take just a single. The batsman and bowler both would feel a bit unlucky.
  • 10.4 Fuller ball on the legs, flicked but straight to the man at square leg. No run again.
  • 10.3 Carter shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Fuller ball on his pads and Carter flicks it to square leg. No run on offer there.
  • 10.1 Carter defends it from within the crease.
  • PowerPlay 2 time. Four fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle until the 40th over.
  • 9.6 Good ball to end the over as this length ball on middle and off is kept out with a straight bat. 32/2
  • 9.5 Good wrists there from Hayat as he flicks it well but straight to the man at square leg. Needs to find the gaps more often.
  • 9.4 A shortish length delivery is defended off the back foot by Hayat.
  • 9.3 Fast and straight by Usman. Hayat tries to flick again but is beaten in pace and is rapped on his thigh pad.
  • 9.2 Hayat misses out here as he flicks this length ball straight to square leg. The timing was good there but the placement wasn't. No run there.
  • 9.1 Usman starts with a good length ball around off, Hayat defends solidly from the crease.
  • 8.6 Ashraf angles this outside off, left alone watchfully by Carter. 32/2
  • Christopher Carter is the new man in.
  • 8.5 OUT! Nicked and pouched! The angle away from the left-hander does the trick. Ashraf continues with the good length delivery around off. Rath is enticed into playing at it but the ball lands and moves further away from the skipper who is looking to push at it with no real positive intent. The half-hearted attempt without any foot movement does him in as he gets a faint edge and Sarfraz behind is safe as a house. Two down, Hong Kong.
  • 8.4 A fuller length ball around off is blocked out off the front foot.
  • 8.3 A bit short and wide again. Rath cuts it hard but this time does not find the gap. The fielder at point does well to react quickly to his left to stop the ball from going past him. Rath misses out this time.
  • 8.2 A short of a good length ball on middle and off is defended off the back foot.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Cracker of a cut! Ashraf starts off with a loosener as he dishes this one on a shorter length and well outside off. Rath has enough time to rock back and across and cut it fiercely through point. The ball zips across the outfield and to the boundary. Ideal start to the over by Hong Kong.
  • Faheem Ashraf into the attack.
  • 7.6 Dishes this one on a length attacking the stumps with a bit of inward angle on it. Rath leans across and flicks it into the square leg region for a single. Good over this for Hong Kong. 28/1
  • 7.5 FOUR! BLAST! Short and outside off, Rath flays his arms and crashes this uppishly, over point for a boundary.
  • 7.4 Full and around off, AR looks to drive but the ball swings in and goes off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 7.3 That is quick. Perhaps the Hong Kong batsmen would not have faced so much pace back home. A quick bouncer, outside off, Anshuman looks to hook but misses.
  • 7.2 Comes in again, Rath misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
  • 7.1 A length ball around off, coming in, defended from the crease.
  • 6.6 A good length ball around off is kept out with a straight bat. 23/1
  • 6.5 Bouncer again, Hayat not taking him on so early in the innings. He ducks down and lets the ball go behind.
  • 6.4 BUMPER! Surprisingly, the first one of the innings. Hayat watchfully ducks under it.
  • 6.3 Tries a bit too hard and in the process strays on the pads, Rath stays in his crease, lets the ball come near him and flicks it to the square leg region for a single.
  • 6.2 Full and fast ball attacking the stumps, Rath leans forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 6.1 Good length ball on off, Rath comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 5.6 Length ball on middle and leg, doesn't bounce that much. Hayat camps back and dead-bats it. 22/1
  • 5.5 Hangs back to the good length ball and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 5.4 Short ball attacking the body of the batsman as he pulls it through square leg for an easy run.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Not that convincing but he will take it! Back of a length and some room on offer, the Hong Kong skipper stays back and with minimal footwork guides it past the slip region to the third man fence.
  • 5.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 5.1 Good length ball around off, Rath hangs back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 4.6 Pulls the length a bit to finish the over, Hayat is upto it as he rocks back and blocks it out with a straight bat. 17/1
  • 4.5 A fuller length ball on off is defended off the front foot.
  • 4.4 Tapped towards point, no run on offer.
  • Babar Hayat comes out to bat.
  • 4.3 OUT! Lack of experience showing here. Hong Kong have gifted away a wicket. Nizakat will be kicking himself as he won't be getting such chances more often. Coming back to the dismissal, Amir lands this a bit shorter of a good length around off. Rath taps this towards point and takes off. Nizakat responds but is a bit slow to start. Shadab quickly moves across, picks up the ball and has a shy at the batting end. Nizakat is seen jogging to the crease and does not even drag his bat as the ball hits the stumps directly. There is a run out appeal and it has been referred upstairs. Replays show that as the ball hits the stumps, Nizakat's bat is in the air and he is also not inside the crease. May be he was trying to avoid getting hit and that has cost him his wicket, not very smart.
  • Direct hit! Is Nizakat in trouble? Referred upstairs...
  • 4.2 Fuller length ball around off is driven straight to covers.
  • 4.1 Good start by Amir as he has seemed to hurry the batsman into the block. He keeps it a bit outside off and shorter than a good length. Rath gets his bat down in time to defend this one off the back foot.
  • 3.6 A shorter of a good length ball around off is pushed towards point. 17/0
  • 3.5 Shot! That is impressive from Rath as he stands tall to this short of a length delivery around off and punches it through the cover region. He finds the gap but the timing is not enough as the fielder stops it to just three.
  • 3.4 Usman from over the wicket is angling these from a wide angle and the batsman seems to have beaten by the acute angle into him. Usman fires this one a bit fuller but on the middle and leg line. Rath looks to flick this onto the leg side but is beaten due to the inward movement and is rapped on the pads. Pakistan appeal, but the umpire is unmoved. Missing leg probably.
  • 3.3 Usman Khan looks to have found his rhythm as his pace looks to be increasing with every ball. He keeps this on a length attacking the stumps. Rath shows respect and defends it onto the ground.
  • 3.2 A bit shorter again but Rath keeps it out solidly from within his crease.
  • 3.1 Lands this one a bit shorter outside the off stump line. Rath gets on the back foot and taps it towards the point region.
  • 2.6 A good ball in the corridor of uncertainty is blocked out well by Khan to end the over. 14/0
  • 2.5 A fuller length ball is driven crisply to mid on and the batsmen scamper through for a quick single.
  • 2.4 Good tight bowling this from Amir. Not much of movement but he needs to keep it tight and build some pressure on these Hong Kong batsmen. Rath defends this one of the front foot.
  • 2.3 A good length ball on the middle stump line is blocked out with a straight bat.
  • 2.2 Similar delivery but this time Khan drives it to the right of mid on and takes a quick single.
  • 2.1 Starts his second over with a fuller and straighter ball attacking the stumps. Khan leans forward and pushes this one to mid on.
  • 1.6 Good length ball on off is defended off the front foot. 12/0
  • 1.5 A bit shorter of a good length and just outside off. Rath, initially looking to play at it, pulls his bat inside the line at the last moment.
  • 1.4 Keeps it a bit wide of off and Rath leaves it alone.
  • 1.3 Similar delivery and a similar result. The batsman is beaten again by some extra pace and bounce.
  • 1.2 Beaten! Good start from Usman. He keeps it a bit shorter of a length just outside off. He's getting good bounce off the surface. Rath looks to tentatively push at the ball but misses completely.
  • 1.1 Khan fires this one on the legs of Khan who nudges it to fine leg to get another single.
  • Usman Khan to bowl with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 Keeps it a bit fuller on the off stump line. Khan pushes it into the cover region to retain strike for the new over. Good start for Hong Kong. 11/0
  • 0.5 Good this from the top quality bowler. He keeps this on a good length around off. Well defended by Khan off the front foot.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Amir misses his line again and strays down the leg side. Khan gets some bat on it which is more than enough to take the ball racing to the fine leg boundary. Amir not getting it right here. He needs to focus and come back strong now.
  • 0.3 Edged but falls short. Good line and length this from Amir. He keeps it on a length around off angling across the batsman. Khan plays for the inward movement and edges it. But the loose hands ensure the ball does not carry to the second slip fielder.
  • 0.2 FOUR! If they dreamt of a start, it would have been similar to this. Classic timing there by Khan as he flicks this full length delivery angling onto his pads. The ball races across the deep square leg boundary and Hong Kong have started on a high.
  • 0.1 Nice shot to get things underway. Amir dishes out a fuller length delivery just outside off. Looking for some inswing but not much there. Khan, elegantly drives on the up and finds the gap in the cover region. They take a brace to get going.
  • The players are getting ready to pose for the team photographs. It is now time for the national anthems. After the completion, we are ready to get rolling. Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath will open the batting for Hong Kong. Mohammad Amir to steam in with the first new ball. Two slips in place. Here we go...
  • Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they also wanted to bat first but the toss is not in their control. Adds further that they will try to restrict Hong Kong to the lowest possible total and chase down the target at the earliest. Congratulates the Hong Kong team for qualifying for this tournament. States that his team will not relax even a bit and will look to play some hard cricket. Mentions that this a long tournament and they are just focused on playing well. Also reckons that as the tournament will progress, the surface will start to get slower and will turn more. Ends by saying that they are going in with four pacers and one spinner.
  • Hong Kong captain, Anshuman Rath, says there is no better place to perform for them than the Asia Cup. Adds further that as a team they are fit, in good form, full of confidence and raring to go out and perform. Reckons that they have beaten top teams in the past and are confident of repeating it. States that at this level it is all about confidence. Ends by saying that they will look to continue with their good form and confidence with which they won the Qualifiers a few days ago.
  • TOSS - Hong Kong have won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the second match of the tournament between the 2017 Champions Trophy winners, Pakistan and the winners of 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers, Hong Kong. Even though Pakistan are expected to roll over Hong Kong, if yesterday's match is of any relevance, a fighting performance from the underdogs is a strong and exciting possibility. Pakistan will be keen on taking their ODI form into the tournament and kick start their 2018 Asia Cup journey with a bang. Hong Kong, on the other hand, will look forward to enjoy this experience of playing against one of the top sides in world cricket and will be keen on putting in a competitive performance and make a match out of today's game.

Pakistan Vs Hong Kong Live Score (ODI) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Game 2 done and dusted. Cannot really say we have made the most of our weekend, can we? But Monday's match promises to be a cracker. It is a do-or-die game for Sri Lanka as they take on Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi at 1530 local (1130 GMT). Do join us. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • USMAN KHAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He too, thanks the almighty and also his parents for supporting him throughout. Says that he always tries to take wickets when he comes on to bowl but today, luck was not with him when he bowled with the new ball. When he came back for his second spell, that time the ball was reversing and he made full use of that. On his injury while bowling, Usman says that it was not anything serious but just a bit of bleeding around the toe which he did not want to ignore. Hopes he continues to do well in his career.
  • Victorious Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, thanks the almighty and rates the win as an 'easy' performance. Adds that there are small pieces they need to look into. Now, Ramiz Raja wants to know what are those small pieces. So Sarfraz says they should have won by 9 or 10 wickets while with the ball, his bowlers struggled early on. Given that their next match is against India, the skipper understands that all flaws need to be ironed out before the India game on Wednesday. Is not too happy with a few lapses in the field too. Tough guy, the captain. On the big match, he says that Pakistan will always look to give their best against India and September 19 will not be any different.
  • Hong Kong captain, Anshuman Rath, says that there were a lot of soft dismissals in the first innings. Agrees that their score was not good enough, especially, when they pride themselves in their batting. Credits the Pakistan bowlers, praises them as top class, but still laments the way his batsmen got out. Is disappointed that they did not show up tonight and did not even offer a fight. On the match overall, Anshuman says that early on, there was a bit of swing and there was some movement too but the batsmen struggled.
  • With the bat, well, Pakistan would have wanted to win by 10 wickets but they will be happy that all of Imam, Zaman and Azam got good runs in the middle. They will like to believe that they are in good stead heading into that big clash against India on September 19. And given that this is a game of numbers, how about this - Since 2016, Pakistan have won 14 out of 14 games in white-ball cricket in the Middle East. Please stay tuned for the presentation. Should not be long...
  • A mission which Pakistan would have wanted to achieve tonight. Hong Kong is such an opposition where complacency can cost one team and given that other units would fancy themselves to defeat them by big margins, the Men In Green would have wanted to make a statement. The bowlers struggled initially but then smartly lined to bowling tight lengths and restricted Hong Kong to 116. Usman Khan strut his stuff again, with a 3-fer while Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan took 2 wickets each.
  • 6th consecutive win in ODIs for Pakistan. Agreed that all of those have been against minnows - 5 against Zimbabwe and one tonight. But still, they cannot control whom they play. Before these 6 games, they lost 0-5 to New Zealand and that is how they started 2018.
  • 23.4 FOUR! PAKISTAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND 158 BALLS TO SPARE! A short ball, around off, probably rises a shade but no issues for Malik as he pulls it with authority over mid-wicket to end the game. It has barely lasted 60 overs.
  • 23.3 MAIDEN ODI FIFTY FOR IMAM! This is the 5th time in ODI cricket that he has reached 50 but the previous four have seen him convert those into triple figures. A simple nudge through square leg to reach that small milestone. Scores are level now.
  • 23.2 Could have had his half century there. Outside off, Imam guides it slightly away from backward point and sets off for a single but Malik sends him back.
  • 23.1 Outside off, tapped towards point for a single. Can Imam finish this off?
  • Aizaz Khan comes charging in as the new bowler but Malik is calm as a rock and just puts his hand up to stop him. Reason? Not ready.
  • 22.6 FOUR! Up and over. Good use of the feet. Dances down, gets to the pitch of the flighted delivery and thumps it over mid on. Two bounces and into the fence. Moves to 49. Pakistan need 3 to win. 114/2
  • 22.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 22.4 A short ball again, worked wide of mid-wicket for a run.
  • 22.3 That's hit the batsman on his pads.
  • 22.3 WIDE. Down the leg side, Malik lets it go.
  • 22.2 The quicker delivery now, but down the leg side. Nudged away past short fine leg and it is a bit of a teaser as the fielder jogs after it. Manages to pull it back inside the ropes and three runs are taken. 9 to win now.
  • 22.1 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 21.6 Works this down the leg side for a run. 104/2
  • 21.5 On middle, flicked towards square leg.
  • 21.4 A bouncer on middle, Malik ducks.
  • 21.3 On middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 21.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.1 SIX! What a shot. Seemed like a top edge but dear me, it has gone all the way! A flat hit. A short ball, Imam rocks back and tries to pull. From the first look, it seems like he is hurried into the stroke and gets a top edge. But no messrs, the ball flies over the mid-wicket fence.
  • 21.1 WIDE. That is harsh on the bowler. Nawaz comes charging in and Imam also charges down. Now, seeing that, the bowler drops it short. However, it goes well over the head of the batsman who lets it go.
  • 20.6 Outside off, eased towards cover for a run. 2 runs and a wicket from that over. Ehsan Khan has stood out tonight - 7-0-24-2 so far. 95/2
  • 20.5 On middle, turning in, bunted down to long on for a single.
  • 20.4 Almost a similar shot to the one played by Babar Azam in his dismissal. Again, the length is not all that short but Malik goes deep in his crease and at the last moment, opens the face of his bat to guide the ball towards backward point. Too much risk for a dot ball.
  • 20.3 Down the leg side, Malik looks to flick, but then decides to pad it away. The ball goes towards short fine leg.
  • Shoaib Malik comes in at number 4 for the last rites...
  • 20.2 OUT! Got him! Ehsan Khan has his second wicket. Just keeps the length a bit fuller than the previous one but Babar thinks it is there for the cut. Perhaps the ball stayed a touch low as well. An outside edge is induced and this time, Scott McKechnie behind does not fumble. A clean catch and a good one. He immediately is up in celebration and now, the umpire does not disagree for a change. Nice to see the players celebrating and not being consumed by the match situation...
  • 20.1 A short ball to start the over, punched towards short mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 'AAJA, AAJA, AAJA!' is the call from Babar. This time he gets to do what he wanted to on the third ball, a tap and run behind the wickets, towards where gully would have been. An easy run. 93/1
  • 19.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 19.4 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 19.3 Back of a length outside off, coming in, Babar tries to tap and run to the off side but the ball drops just beside his feet and the bowler gets to it quickly. The thought is aborted immediately.
  • 19.2 Outside off, Imam calmly steers it to third man for a single.
  • 19.1 On a length around middle, defended back to the bowler. Seemed like there was some extra bounce on that.
  • Ehsan Nawaz into the attack now.
  • 18.6 50-RUN STAND IS UP. In just 65 balls. The good thing about this partnership is that the batsmen have not done anything extraordinary to maintain the tempo. A touch short, around off and middle, Imam calmly works it through square leg to bring up that run. 91/1
  • 18.5 Floated outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 18.4 Tossed up around off, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
  • 18.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 18.2 A bit flighted outside off, Imam reaches out and drives it aerially, but wide of any human being around cover. There is a man in the deep and it is a single.
  • 18.1 Full and outside off, Imam jumps down the track and blocks.
  • 17.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 88/1
  • 17.5 FOUR! Classic shot. Landed outside off, Azam goes back, waits for the ball to come to him and then dabs it behind point for a boundary! Just 29 more to win now...
  • 17.4 On middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 17.3 Short and outside off, cut through point for a run.
  • 17.2 2000 ODI runs for Babar Azam! Joint second-quickest to this landmark. This guy is just taking giant strides in his career. Short and outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Full and outside off, Azam comes down the track and drives it straight down the ground past mid on. No one in the deep and that is a boundary.
  • 16.6 Short and outside off, cut towards backward point. 78/1
  • 16.5 Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 16.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 16.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 16.2 On middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 15.6 Jumps down the track, does Babar, but is not to the pitch of the ball. Forced to defend. 74/1
  • 15.5 Around middle and off, watchfully defended by coming forward.
  • 15.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 15.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 15.2 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 15.1 Massive, massive LBW shout! Oh dear... Imam certainly seems to be riding his luck. This looked stone dead. Nadeem tossed this up from over the wicket and landed the ball in line of the stumps, at least, to the naked eye. Imam seemed to play all around that one as he looked to flick but missed the ball and was hit right in front of the sticks. Nadeem appealed and appealed but umpire George simply shook his head. Hawk Eye shows that to be plumb. Perhaps, the umpire might have thought the ball pitched outside leg. Sad day for Hong Kong. Nothing seems to be going their way.
  • 14.6 FOUR! Nice way to end a good over by Ehsan Khan. Babar shows his class as he rocks quickly onto his back foot seeing the ball a bit short and wide of off, the right-hander cuts it immaculately through the point region. His foot work was classy there as he moved back and across so quickly to get into a perfect position to play that shot. The execution was even better from the world class batsman there. Just 46 more to get now... 71/1
  • 14.5 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 14.4 Comes down the track to defend but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 14.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 14.2 Full on middle, Imam looks to flick it to the leg side but the ball turns a touch and goes off the leading edge towards cover.
  • 14.1 Comes down the track but is not close to the pitch of the ball and defends.
  • 13.6 Another flick, another single. 64/1
  • 13.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 13.4 Defends this watchfully with the full face of his bat.
  • 13.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 13.2 SIX! Fine shot. Tossed up slightly, Azam dances down the track and lofts this effortlessly over mid on. Goes all the way.
  • 13.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 12.6 Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot. 56/1
  • 12.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12.4 Not Out! And that has surprised everyone of us here. Ehsan Khan fires this one from around the wicket and angling into Imam. The length is not short enough for the batsman to go back but that's exactly the mistake Imam has committed. The ball hits the deck and skids on with the arm, hitting the batsman in front of the wickets. It looks very close as Hong Kong go up in a big appeal. The umpire gives it not out though to our surprise. Hong Kong think for a while and then go for the review. The replays roll in and show that the ball is very close to the bat as it passes it and hits Imam's pads. There is no clear evidence of any involvement of the willow. There is a spike on the Snickometer but that seems to be after the ball passed the bat. However, the decision from Rod Tucker upstairs is Not Out. Hong Kong players look stunned but they have to move on with the game. Close call for Imam.
  • Review time! Imam-ul-Haq is the batsman in question. Big moment for Hong Kong.
  • 12.3 Imam gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 12.2 Fires it down the legs and Azam does well to get some bat on it and tucks it into behind the square leg region for a single.
  • 12.1 A bit flighted and shorter and outside off, punched into the covers for a single.
  • 11.6 Fuller ball on the stumps is flicked to square leg. 54/1
  • 11.5 A short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. Good effort by the fielder to ensure the ball does not cross the line at the deep point fence. Good running between the wickets by the Pakistani duo to pick up three runs for their team.
  • 11.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.3 Beaten! Beautifully bowled. He's bowled this a bit slow and gives it more flight than the previous deliveries.
  • 11.2 Ahmed fires this one a bit outside off, Imam waits for the ball to arrive and smartly opens the face of his bat at the last moment to steer it into the third man region to pick up another brace. Pakistan are moving towards their target in a canter.
  • 11.1 Ahmed tosses this one up on off, Azam drives this straight to covers.
  • 10.6 Imam square cuts this shorter ball into the point region and gets a brace as he finds the gap there but the timing is not that good to take it across the fence. 48/1
  • 10.5 A bit quicker and shorter, blocked off the back foot.
  • 10.4 A bit wider of off, Imam looking to guide it behind into the third man region is beaten. On a different day it could have taken he edge and Khan would have got a second wicket for his team. However Imam survives.
  • 10.3 Fuller and slower ball is driven to mid off.
  • 10.2 Shorter and wider, cut straight to point.
  • 10.1 Starts nicely with a tossed up one just around off. Good signs for the spinners as the ball pitches, grips and turns away from Imam who defends off his back foot.
  • 9.6 Unlucky! Full and outside off, Babar drives it straight back down the ground. But it is so straight that it hits the timber at the other end. 46/1 at the end of Powerplay 1. 46/1
  • 9.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.4 Full and outside off, Azam gets a good stride forward and defends it to the off side.
  • 9.3 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 9.2 Comes down the track and drives it straight to cover.
  • 9.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 8.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 45/1
  • 8.5 Tossed up slightly, Azam leans and drives it through the covers for a brace again.
  • 8.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.3 Off the mark in grand style. Full and outside off, Azam leans and drives it through the covers for a couple.
  • 8.2 Fired on the pads, flicked to square leg.
  • Babar Azam is the new batsman in.
  • 8.1 OUT! Well, spin it is then to get that first breakthrough for Hong Kong, a big one at that. Can they build up on this and continue to pile pressure on the Pakistani batsmen? We surely will like to see a fight from the minnows. As for the dismissal, Ehsan Khan fires this one a bit outside off and shorter than a good length. Zaman sees the width on it and goes after the ball to cut it through the point region. However, the ball lands and skids through and Zaman is a bit late on the shot. He gets an outside edge but the keeper behind, Scott McKechnie, is not ready for the catch and is late to get up. As a result, the ball goes past his glove. But this is where luck comes in. The ball does not go past him. Instead, it hits his left thigh, then lobs up to his stomach, hits his right glove and eventually, he pouches it with his left glove! Now that is what is called - in the bread basket. Zaman, for some reason, wants a review but is then sent back. Snickometer detects a fat spike. Why would one review that? Anyways... let's move ahead.
  • Ehsan Khan into the attack from the other end.
  • 7.6 FOUR! A beautiful cover drive. One of the most beautiful sights in cricket. Khan keeps it on a good length around off, a bit wide of off may be because of the angle. Imam drives beautifully on the up and finds the gap in the covers region for the ball to races across the boundary. Nice start after the break and Pakistan. 76 more needed... 41/0
  • 7.5 Keeps it full again and on the stumps. Zaman drives it cleanly to mid off and crosses over for a quick single.
  • 7.4 A bit fuller in length on middle, Zaman flicks it but straight to square leg.
  • 7.3 Strays on his pads again but this time Imam flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 7.2 Drags the length a bit shorter and attacking the batsman's body. Imam swivel and short arm pulls it to square leg. No chance of a run there.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a good length ball around off with a slight inward shape on it. Imam waits in his crease and defends off the front foot.
  • The players and the umpires are making their way out to the middle after a satisfying dinner. The Pakistani opening duo of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will resume their innings with the latter taking strike. Aizaz Khan to start the proceedings for Hong Kong.
  • Nearly 30 percent of the target has been ticked off. The ball is not doing much and even if it is, the Hong Kong bowlers simply do not have the pace to trouble their opposition. As Mickey Arthur mentioned during the innings break, Pakistan would wish for a solid victory tonight. A 10-wicket one would be ideal. At the same time, Hong Kong might look to try and take a wicket or two and stall the proceedings a bit. Join us back at 1945 local (1545 GMT).
  • A cautious period of play for Pakistan. They preferred to keep calm than go bang-bang in this small passage. However, towards the end of that 'session', Zaman seemed to lose patience.
  • 6.6 Aahhh... comes down the track again and powers another straight drive, but this hits the stumps at the other end! DINNER BREAK! 35/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! No mercy. Save yourself. A length ball, on middle, Zaman comes down the track and hammers it straight back. Tanwir tries to stop it with his right hand but as an afterthought. The ball bursts through his hands but still has no intention to slow down. Races away to the fence down the ground. Zaman into the 20s now.
  • 6.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.3 SIX! BLAST! What would you do if someone told you that there is 1 minute to go for Lunch, Tea, Stumps, Dinner or Supper? I would certainly put the shutters down. Not this guy though. Not a bad ball at all. It is on a length, around middle, angling away and could have been left alone or defended. But this left-hander, gets down on a knee and swipes across the line to send the ball flying over the mid-wicket fence! 86 more to win now...
  • 6.2 Full on middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 6.1 Straight, on a length, punched towards mid off.
  • Should be the final over before the break...
  • 5.6 On middle and leg, flicked away again but straight to short mid-wicket. 25/0
  • 5.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 5.4 On middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 5.3 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 5.2 Another cracking shot. Fractionally short of a length, Imam cuts it behind point and the ball seems to be racing towards the fence. However, Tanwir Afzal gets to the ball from third man and puts in a desperate slide, managing to stop the ball. Two runs taken which means Imam moves into double figures.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Loosener. Put away. A gentle half volley, down the leg side, Imam flicks it through mid-wicket and the timing takes the ball all the way! The stand moves to 23 from 31 balls.
  • A bowling change. 6 minutes to go for Supper. Aizaz Khan has been introduced.
  • 4.6 Full and straight, driven straight to mid off. ANOTHER MAIDEN!!! Second for Hong Kong in 5 overs. Pakistan bowled 3 in their 37.1. 19/0
  • 4.5 A short ball, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 4.4 Around middle and leg, punched towards mid on.
  • 4.3 Another length ball, around middle and off, Zaman drives this on the up, but straight to cover.
  • 4.2 On middle and leg, clipped straight to square leg.
  • 4.1 Outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 3.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 19/0
  • 3.5 Down the leg side, helped fine for a couple. 98 more needed now...
  • 3.4 A length ball, outside leg, Fakhar looks to whip it away but the fielder at short fine leg dives to his right and makes a half-stop. Just a single.
  • 3.3 FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! The first boundary of the run chase. Full and wide outside off, both openers have been getting plenty of these and finally one has managed to reach the ropes. Zaman reaches out and this time does not use his power. Just timing and placement. Through the covers, in the gap and to the fence. Moves to 12 from 11 balls.
  • 3.2 Fuller now, outside off, Imam reaches out, gets to the pitch of the ball and steers it beautifully behind point towards third man for a run.
  • 3.1 A length ball outside off, coming in a long way, Zaman plays a rash shot, trying to pull without moving his feet and ends up dragging it behind square on the leg side. A single taken.
  • 2.6 A touch wide, half volley outside off, driven crisply but straight to cover. A MAIDEN!!! 10/0
  • 2.5 Fuller and around off, the spectacled man looks to drive it through the covers but perhaps the ball does not move as much as he expected it to. It hits the inner half of his bat and rolls towards mid off.
  • 2.4 Fractionally short of a fuller length, angling away, punched towards point.
  • 2.3 Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 2.2 Around off, tighter defense from Imam.
  • 2.1 LBW shout, but not given. Perhaps it pitched outside leg. It was landed on a length, and Imam looked to play that from the crease, to the leg side. Missed and was rapped on the pads. Height seemed to be an issue too.
  • 1.6 Another one on the pads, clipped through square leg for another couple. 10/0
  • 1.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 1.4 On a length, around off and outside, defended from the crease.
  • 1.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 1.2 Nothing much. Just a couple. Fakhar swings hard and gets it over cover but not enough to make the ball cross the boundary. Two runs taken.
  • FREE HIT coming up!!!
  • 1.2 NO BALL! Nawaz oversteps and bowls it on a length down the leg side, Zaman is surprised by the pace on that and misses his flick. Is hit on the pads. Perfect time to wind up. What's on the Free Hit?
  • 1.1 Oops! Nearly... A length ball outside off, coming in sharply, Zaman looks to defend but the ball hits the toe end of the bat and rolls back. Just evades the stumps behind!
  • Ehsan Nawaz to bowl with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 Full and outside off, Imam walks way too far down the track, probably realizing that Tanwir neither has the pace nor any swing and drives it towards mid off. 3/0
  • 0.5 Lovely cover drive, foot to the pitch of the ball, nice technique, beautiful to watch but is intercepted by a fielder.
  • 0.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 0.3 Full and outside off, Zaman drives it towards mid off and gets off the mark too, with a single.
  • 0.3 WIDE. Wild delivery. Way too far outside off, outside the pitch almost, left alone.
  • 0.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 0.1 Full and outside off, Imam squirts it off the outside edge towards third man for a single. Pakistan are away straightaway.
  • The players are back for the run chase. This is a tricky little period for the batsmen. Around 25-30 minutes to survive before they go in for Supper. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are the openers for Pakistan. Tanwir Afzal to start off the proceedings with Imam on strike...

Pakistan Vs Hong Kong Live Score (ODI) Ball by Ball Commentary






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1 India 4659 119
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 9349 260
6 New Zealand 6056 252