Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath said after his side’s defeat to Pakistan in their first game at the Asia Cup 2018 was largely down to their batsmen not putting enough runs on the board despite the surface being a good one to bat on.
"There were lots of soft dismissals for us and 116 was not enough. It was a good wicket; credit goes to the Pakistan bowlers. Our off-spinners are top class, but we just didn't have enough runs on the board,” Rath said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“I think early on it swung a bit and there was a bit of bounce. We got starts but we couldn't convert them. One fifty-run partnership is not enough to post a good total," he added.
Pakistan won the game by eight wickets after dismissing Hong Kong for 166 in 37.1 overs after the associate nation won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan chased down the target in 23.4 overs.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was happy with his side’s “complete performance” but added that they can still improve and will have to be at their best if they are to beat India.
"This was a complete performance by us. But as captain I saw a couple of things that we will have to work on as well. For us to go the distance in the tournament, we need to get early wickets,” said Sarfraz.
“Early on the ball didn't swing and we seemed alarmed by that. We have time to adjust to this before the India game. It's good to win, but to win against India, we have to be at our very best," he signed off.
Pakistan pacer Usman Khan was awarded the Man of the Match for his spell of 3-19. He allayed concerns about his fitness and added that he feels confident going into the next match.
“When I came on to bowl I just tried to take a wicket with the new ball. But luck was not with me today. In the second spell, I tried, and with the ball reversing I was able to take wickets,” Usman stated.
“Fitness is fine; there was just a little bit of bleeding in my toe. I'm happy with my bowling today and it's given me plenty of confidence."