Milestone for Babar as Pakistan hammer Hong Kong

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16 Sep 2018, 22:57 IST
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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam

Babar Azam grew to become the joint second-fastest man to 2,000 one-day worldwide runs as Pakistan thrashed Hong Kong by eight wickets of their Asia Cup opener in Dubai on Sunday.

The batsman contributed 33 as Pakistan made gentle work of a victory goal of 117, citing his milestone from simply 45 innings.

That strikes him degree with compatriot Zaheer Abbas, whereas solely South Africa’s Hashim Amla (40) has reached the landmark from fewer knocks.

It was a harsh introduction to this 12 months’s match for Hong Kong, who elected to bat upon profitable the toss however had been swiftly dismissed for simply 116 inside 38 overs.

Aizaz Khan’s 27 proved the highest rating for the affiliate nation, who had little reply to Usman Khan (3-19) and Hasan Ali (2-19).

In reply, Pakistan misplaced Fakhar Zaman (24), earlier than Babar and Imam-ul-Haq placed on 52 for the second wicket, their union ending when the previous was caught behind off Ehsan Khan (2-34).

That left Shoaib Malik and Imam, who completed unbeaten on 50 from 69 balls, to steer their facet dwelling with greater than half of their allocation remaining.

Pakistan’s second Group A encounter, towards fierce rivals and defending champions India on Wednesday, guarantees to be a far sterner check.

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