The Asia Cup teams are lastly full after Hong Kong ended the qualification stage unbeaten and ensured their entry into the primary draw at the price of the United Arab Emirates. This will probably be their fourth look within the match and a second consecutive one having additionally certified in 2018.
Hong Kong have registered their second Asia Cup qualifier in a row and are actually by means of to the group levels of the match the place they’ve drawn in a gaggle with India and Pakistan. The aspect was battling Singapore, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates for the only spot and having crushed the primary two within the opening encounters, qualification hinged upon the results of the ultimate sport. The victor of the identical was just about ensured to undergo and Hong Kong stepped as much as the plate to safe one other main match look.
Batting first, the UAE have been bowled out for a reasonably paltry 147, failing to finish their 20 overs. The star of the present was Ehsan Khan, who bagged 4 wickets in his quote of 4 overs whereas giving freely simply 24 runs and clinching the person of the match award.
In response, Hong Kong’s opening pair of skipper Nizakat Khan and Yasim Murtaza constructed up a robust basis, contributing 85 runs within the first 10 overs. Even after Nizakat fell, Murtaza continued on his solution to find yourself with 58 off simply 43 deliveries. He was ably supported within the second half of his innings by Babar Hayat’s speedy 38, which ensured his staff recover from the road with six balls and eight wickets to spare.
“I’ve no phrases to explain how I really feel. I want to thank Hong Cricket for all their help. Our course of was the identical, we knew we needed to win all three video games to qualify for Asia Cup and that’s what we did. We took it sport by sport and the boys fought again rather well. It is a huge match to showcase our expertise, and it is a nice alternative for everybody on this squad,” the captain was quoted saying by NDTv within the post-match presentation.
The victory got here as a giant upset for the UAE, contemplating they’re ranked a mammoth 11 spots increased within the ICC T20I rankings and are even forward of the likes of Eire and Namibia in twelfth. However, this will probably be Hong Kong’s fourth likelihood to qualify for the knockouts, having beforehand exited within the first spherical in 2004, 2008 and 2018.
“It is a proud second for the Hong Kong staff and for me as properly. An enormous achievement for us. We caught to the staff plan, and we succeeded. I’m concentrating on Virat Kohli within the Asia Cup as a result of he is a good batsman. I will probably be taking part in within the Asia Cup for the second time and that may be a huge achievement for me,” Ehsan Khan revealed.