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Rizwan half-century sets up 64-run win for Pakistan over Hong Kong

Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten fifty for Pakistan against Hong Kong in the tour game.
Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten fifty for Pakistan against Hong Kong in the tour game.
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Pakistanis 167-7 (Mohammad Rizwan 55no) beat
Hong Kong 103 (Chapman 50) by 64 runs
Twenty20 tour game, Dubai 

Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 38-ball 55 as Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by 64 runs in their Twenty20 warm-up game in Dubai.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan lost Ahmed Shehzad (0) early, to the first delivery he faced. 

The uncapped Rafatullah Mohmand (25) unleashed himself on the bowling with a 19-ball knock while adding 35 runs with Sohaib Maqsood (25) for the second wicket.

However, Hong Kong's bowlers did well to pull the momentum back snaring four wickets for 53 runs to leave Pakistan reeling at 88 for five in the 14th over. 

Playing their first game in the tour, Shahid Afridi (5) and Umar Akmal (10) failed to get going.

The innings was resurrected by a 50-run stand between Rizwan (55 not out) and Aamer Yamin (27). The duo managed to plunder 32 runs in 12 deliveries as the momentum shifted towards Pakistan.

Yamin was dismissed in the 18th over with the score reading 138 for six but Anwar Ali (16) joined forces with Rizwan in a quick 29-run stand.

Rizwan brought up his fifty in 37 deliveries as Pakistan managed 167 for seven in their 20 overs. Haseeb Amjad (3-38) and Anshuman Rath (2-30) were the pick of the bowlers for Hong Kong. 

Chasing more than eight an over, the Hong Kong innings was powered by the 52-run third-wicket stand between Mark Chapman (50) and Rath (18).

Just as they crossed the 60-run mark in the 10th over, Rath was run out by a direct hit from Imran Khan (1-21) when he attempted a second run.

Chapman reached his half-century in 38 deliveries, but was dismissed off the very next ball by Afridi (2-21). With his wicket the entire innings collapsed as Hong Kong were skittled for 103, handing a 64-run victory to Pakistan.

Afridi and Bilal Asif (2-13) picked up two wickets each for Pakistan while Yamin (1-29), Sohail Tanvir (1-8) and Khan managed a wicket apiece.

Pakistan will now face England in a three-match T20I series which begins on Thursday in Dubai. 

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