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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 July, 2004, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Pakistan thrash Hong Kong
Asia Cup, Colombo:
Pakistan 343-5 (50 overs) beat Hong Kong 165 all out (44.1 overs) by 173 runs (D/L method)

Shoaib Malik
Malik destroyed Hong Kong with both bat and ball
A huge total by Pakistan's batsmen helped them to an easy 173-run win over Hong Kong in the Asia Cup in Colombo.

Shoaib Malik was the key man, blasting a career-best 118 off 110 balls in Pakistan's 343-5, then taking 4-19 as Hong Kong were skittled out for 165.

Younis Khan also shone, making 144 off 122 balls in a third-wicket stand of 223 with Malik.

A rain break saw Hong Kong chasing a revised total of 339, but they were skittled for just 165 in the 45th over.

Tabarak Dar (36) and Manoj Cheruparambil (30) offered some resistance but Hong Kong's main target appeared to be batting out their overs.

After Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat, Hong Kong enjoyed some early success as Pakistan openers Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat were dismissed rather cheaply.

Khalid Khan trapped Nazir lbw for 10, and when Alexander French caught Farhat off Khan for 20, Pakistan were reduced to 51-2.

But Malik and Younis soon put paid to any faint hopes Hong Kong might have had of causing an upset, blasting the bowling to all corners of the ground.

Malik hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 118, while Younis clobbered three sixes and eight fours as he registered his maiden one-day international ton in style.

By the time Malik was run out by Afzaal Haider, Pakistan were 273-3 and well on their way to a big score.

Quickfire innings by Abdul Razzaq (18 off 17 balls), Moin Khan (11 off six) and Mahammad Sami (nine off three) boosted the total to 343.

Hong Kong lost Nasir Hameed lbw to Sami in the first over, but steadied the ship afterwards, moving to 95-2 after 25 overs.

However, a collapse saw them slump to 102-7 as Malik and Farhat - who took 3-10 - ripped through the middle-order, leaving Hong Kong facing an impossible task.

The result knocked Hong Kong out of the Asia Cup, with Pakistan topping Group A and Bangladesh coming second.

Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Inzamam-ul-Haq (Capt), Shoaib Malik, Yousuf Youhana, Moin Khan (Wkt), Younis Khan, Mohammad Sami, Abdul Razzaq, Shabbir Ahmed, Naved-ul-Hasan.

Hong Kong: T Smart (Wkt), M Cheruparambil, AN French, Tabarak Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, R Sharma (Capt), Ilyas Gul, Najeeb Aamer, Nasir Hameed, Afzaal Haider, Khalid Khan.


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