By Sports Reporter
KARACHI: Pakistan went off to a victorious start in ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup yesterday with a comprehensive 225-run win against Hong Kong in the opening match of the tournament at Karachi’s National Stadium.
19-year-old pacer from Peshawar Mohammad Ilyas claimed his first hat-trick and first fiver of his career to restrict the visitors to 141 runs, after centuries by opening duo of Sahibzada Farhan and Ali Imran helped Pakistan post a mammoth total of 366/3.
Pakistan got the opening stand of 219 runs after they were put into bat first by Hong Kong captain Aizaz Khan who won the toss. Farhan smashed two sixes and stroked 15 shots to the fence for his 130 off 125 deliveries while Ali Imran scored 107 off 105 with the help of one six and 11 strokes to boundary.
Pakistan innings could have got a third century but Khusdhil Shah fell 17 runs short after smashing four sixes and nine fours for his quick 83 that came from just 40 deliveries.
The score set by Pakistani batsmen gave enough confidence to the bowling line to keep opponents under pressure from the first ball.
Hong Kong looked so down that six of their batsmen couldn’t even open their account as five players got out for duck while the number 10 batsman Mohammad Ghazanfar didn’t get an opportunity to face even a single delivery.
Shahid Wasif was only Hong Kong player who showed some resistance against Pakistani bowling and scored 59 before his team was bundled out for 141 runs in 34 overs. Mohammad Ilyas, the man of the match, got five wickets conceding 35 runs from 7 overs while Khushdil Shah got two wickets to his credit.