In order to help Pakistan defeat Hong Kong by 155 runs on Friday and advance to the Super 4 stage of the 2017 Asia Cup, Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 78. Rizwan’s victory earned him the title of “Man of the Match.” Rizwan made a special appeal for Pakistan, which has been devastated by severe flooding, during the post-game press conference. The livelihoods of the people in Pakistan have suffered significant harm, and the death toll has surpassed 1,200. In these trying times, Rizwan implored everyone to come together and pray for Pakistan.
“I want to make one request. Pakistan has been hit by floods and a lot of rescue work is going on currently. I request everyone to help the people of Pakistan, who are in trouble due to the floods. I urge everyone from Pakistan, and other parts of the world to pray for the people, and hopefully things can get better soon,” Rizwan said. Pakistan defeated Hong Kong with a total of 193-2 thanks to a partnership of 116 between Rizwan (78 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (53), who were given the opportunity to bat first on a sluggish, low Sharjah pitch. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz, two Pakistani spinners, then combined seven wickets to dismiss Hong Kong for 38 in 10.4 overs and secure a 155-run victory.
After scoring 69 against Nepal in 2014, Hong Kong’s T20 international total was the lowest ever. It was also the lowest score against Pakistan, who had previously dismissed West Indies for 60 in 2018. In round two of the six-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November, Pakistan joins Afghanistan, India, and Sri Lanka. In their opening Super 4 match, Pakistan will square off against its longtime nemesis India. Earlier in the Group round, India defeated both teams by a margin of five wickets.