Hong Kong have been beaten heavily in a Twenty20 friendly against Pakistan today at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and chose to bat first, and the start for his team wasn't a good one as Ahmed Shehzad was trapped lbw by Haseeb Amjad for a golden duck at the start of the second over. Hong Kong were, initially at least, keeping the run rate down and taking wickets.
An unbeaten innings of 55 from 38 balls by Mohammad Rizwan helped get the innings on track. He was assisted by a quickfire 27 from 13 balls by Aamer Yamin. That pair put on 50 for the sixth wicket, followed by Hong Kong leaking 27 from the final two overs. The final total for Pakistan was 167-7.
After losing Waqas Barkat and Babar Hayat early on, Hong Kong recovered in their reply with a 52 run third wicket partnership between Anshuman Rath and Mark Chapman. That partnership ended when Rath was run out for 18, whilst Chapman batted on, perhaps hoping for an innings similar to that of Mohammed Rizwan earlier.
However the runs began to dry up for Hong Kong. The dismissal of Tanwir Afzal in the 12th over and that of Chapman - for 50 - three balls later was the beginning of the end. From A reasonably well placed 75-3, they were bowled out for 103 to lose by 64 runs.
Pakistan now play a three match T20I series against England, which starts on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Hong Kong will return to Abu Dhabi to resume their three match T20I series against Oman. They lost the first match of the series, and the second will take place on Wednesday.
Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 64 runs
ICC Academy, Dubai, 23 November
Pakistan 167-7 (20 overs, Mohammad Rizwan 55*, Haseeb Amjad 3-38)
Hong Kong 103 (17.1 overs, M Chapman 50)