Pakistan kick started their Asia Cup with a bang as they annihilated Hong Kong by 8 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Hong Kong began their proceedings steadily, but the Pakistan bowlers wrecked their batting line up with a magnificent display.
Wickets continued to tumble as their bowlers showed no mercy on the Hong Kong batsmen who were looking to rebuild their innings.
Hong Kong at one stage were reduced to 44/5, but a 53 run stand between Kinchit Shah and Aizaz Khan for the 6th wicket helped them get past the 100 run mark.
Usman Khan was the most impressive bowler as he snared three wickets for 19 runs.
Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan between them chipped in with 2 wickets each while Faheem Ashraf ended with figures of 1/10, as they routed the Hong Kong side for 116 runs in 37.1 overs.
Chasing a mere target of 117 runs, the opening pair of Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman added 41 runs for the first wicket, before Zaman fell to off spinner Ehsan Khan for 24 runs.
Babar Azam (33) was yet another victim of Khan.
Ul-Haq with his unbeaten knock of 50 runs was the highest scorer, as his team cruised to a 8 wicket victory and with 26.2 overs to spare.
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be locking horns in the third match of the Asia Cup at Abu Dhabi on 17 September.