Pakistan enjoyed a stupendous winning streak in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament before facing South Africa in the final, which ended the winning streak in a nail-biting thriller.
ProPakistani has compiled a complete review of Pakistan’s 2017 Hong Kong Sixes campaign.
What Are Hong Kong Sixes?
Hong Kong Super Sixes Cricket tournament is an annual cricketing event which is played at Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong every year.
8 teams are placed into two groups of four: Pakistan’s pool included South Africa, Hong Kong and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Group B had the likes of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India did not send in their team this time around.
Pakistan was well-equipped, particularly on the bowling front.
- Sohail Tanvir (c)
- Sohail Khan
- Sahibzada Farhan (wk)
- Anwar Ali
- Mohammad Sami
- Hammad Azam
How Well Did Pakistan Perform?
Pakistan was unstoppable in the group stages, winning all their matches. Hammad Azam top-scored for Pakistan with 144 runs at a strike rate of 342.85, while Sohail Tanvir closely followed him with 142 runs at 355.00.
Here’s run-down of Pakistan’s performance.
1st Match vs Hong Kong
Pakistan 92/2 (5/5 overs); Hong Kong 66/1 (5/5 overs)
Pakistan won the game easily by 26 runs.
2nd Match vs South Africa
South Africa 74 (5/5 overs); Pakistan 78/2 (3.3/5 overs)
Pakistan chased down a target of 74 in the 4th over.
3rd Match vs MCC
Marylebone Cricket Club 83 (5/5 overs); Pakistan 85/2 (4/5 overs)
After bowling out the opposition for 83, Pakistan hunted down the target with some massive hitting.
4th Match vs MCC
Pakistan 112/2 (5/5 overs); Marylebone Cricket Club 95/1 (5/5 overs)
Pakistan easily defended their score of 112/2, winning by 17 runs.
Semi-Final: Pakistan vs Australia
Pakistan 115/2 (5/5 overs); Australia 80/3 (5/5 overs)
Against a red-hot Australia team, Pakistan were simply brilliant and stayed on top right from the word go.
Final: Pakistan vs South Africa
Each over consists of 8 balls in the final match.
Pakistan 123/6 (4.5/5 overs); South Africa 124/4 (5/5 overs).
Pakistan failed to utilize their allotted quota of bowling, getting bowled out with three balls to spare. Sohail Khan smashed 46 from 14 (while batting all alone) while Hammad Azam scored 41 off 12 balls.
It proved to be a nervy chase when Sohail Khan was at his prime best, having to defend only 17 from 8 balls. South Africa needed 4 runs from the last ball when the hero of the chase Swanepoel scooped the ball straight over the bowler’s head and the ball trickled down to the fence, courtesy of the field-set by Pakistani captain. No one was fielding straight and South Africa walked away with the Trophy for the 5th time.
Plate Final: Hong Kong vs MCC
In the other category, the Plate trophy, Hong Kong defeated MCC by 4 wickets.
Marylebone Cricket Club 113/1 (5/5 overs); Hong Kong 116/1 (4.2/5 overs)
Pakistan has won the tournament 5 times, which is the joint highest along with England and South Africa.