Rizwan smashes unbeaten fifty in Pakistan’s win

KARACHI: Muhammad Rizwan smashed a sparkling unbeaten half century as Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by 64 runs in a warm-up match at ICC Academy Ground Dubai on Monday.

Match was part of Pakistan team’s preparations ahead of three match Twenty20 International series against England starting from Thursday.

Rizwan cracked five boundaries and hoisted two sixes as Pakistan recovered from 84-5 in the 14th over to post 167 for the loss of 167 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs after choosing to bat


Rafatullah Mohmand slammed 25 in 19 balls with three fours and a six. Aamer Yamin in his customary 27 off in 13 ball cameo with three towering sixes and one four.

Pakistan lost opener Ahmed Shahzad for first ball duck while captain Shahid Afridi made five runs after facing six balls.

Rawalpindi-born paceman representing Haseeb Amjad Hong Kong snapped three wickets for 38 runs in four overs. Ansuhman Rath captured two wickets for 30 runs.

Hong Kong in reply was bowled for 103 at the start of 18th over. Mark Chapman slammed an enterprising 50 in 39 balls studded with five sizzling boundaries and brace of sixes.

Off-break bowler Bilal Asif took two wickets for 13 runs and Shahid Afridi captured two for 21 in three overs.

Summarized scores: Pakistan  167-7 in 20 overs (Muhammad Rizwan 55 not out, Aamer Yamin 27, Rafatullah Mohmand 25, Sohaib Maqsood 25,  Haseeb Amjad 3-38, Anshuman Rath 2-30) Hong Kong 103 all out in 17.1 overs (Mark Chapman 50, Anshuman Rath 18,  Waqas Khan 10, Bilal Asif 2-13, Shahid Afridi 2-21).