UAE vs Hong Kong

Hong Kong qualified for the Asia Cup 2022 group stage after beating UAE by 8 wickets in a thrilling match on Wednesday. They remained unbeaten during the Asia Cup qualifiers and topped the table. Hong Kong will join India and Pakistan in Group A, with all six participants now confirmed for the continental tournament.

After defeating Singapore and Kuwait earlier in the qualifiers, Nizakat Khan's Hong Kong needed to ensure a win over UAE to qualify for the group stage. And there were no hiccups as he secured a sweeping victory to extend his stay in Dubai.

Earlier in the day, Kuwait beat Singapore by six wickets in the second qualifier but needed a big margin to spoil the party. But in the end, Hong Kong proved too strong for the UAE side, which had earned the hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2022, when Sri Lanka surrendered due to its ongoing economic crisis.

The Group Stage is therefore set to compete with India, Pakistan and Hong Kong in Group A, while Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka were already confirmed in Group B.

Two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup 2022, in which all four teams will play each other once in a round-robin format. After the conclusion of the Super 4 stage, the top two teams will advance to the final of the Asia Cup. Things are going on in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on Saturday, 27 August, with the finals to be played on 11 September.

Two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup 2022, in which all four teams will play each other once in a round-robin format. After the conclusion of the Super 4 stage, the top two teams will advance to the final of the Asia Cup. Things are going on in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on Saturday, 27 August, with the finals to be played on 11 September.

Talking about the match between Hong Kong and UAE, Nizakat's team won the toss and decided to bowl first. Captain CP Rizwan (49 off 44) and Jawar Farid (41 off 27) helped the hosts reach 147 in 19.3 overs as UAE were bowled out.