Pakistan beat Hong Kong after Chapman’s scare


Dubai: Pakistan recorded a convincing 64-run victory against minnows Hong Kong in a practice match here at ICC Cricket Academy Ground but Mark Chapman’s half century off 37 balls must have frightened World No 2 side.

Chasing a target of 168 runs, Hong Kong looked well in the match after having played around 12 overs of their inning. Hong Kong were 81-5, needing another 87 runs to stun Pakistan.

Chapman was playing well and completed his fifty off 38 balls scoring a boundary off Shahid Afridi’s ball. But on the very next ball he lost his wicket to Afridi as Anwar Ali took the catch. Chapman smashed two sixes and five boundaries in his inning.

With Chapman removed, Pakistani bowlers then easily removed the remaining four wickets as Hong Kong was bundled out for 103 in 17.1 overs. Afridi and Bilal Asif took two wickets each.

Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 38-ball 55-run knock helped Pakistan put a competitive total of 167-7 on board. Aamer Yamin scored 27 while Sohaib Maqsood and Rafatullah Mohmand scored 25 runs each.

Experienced opener Ahmed Shahzad lost his wicket without scoring a single run while Afridi also failed make much impact after he lost his wicket for only five runs.