LATEST UPDATE: Dhawan bisects backward level but once more because the ball rushes away for an additional boundary. 7 runs from the over and India are edging nearer to 100 right here, they’re 84/1 after 16 overs right here
The dwell telecast of the match will begin at 5:00PM on September 18 (Tuesday). The match will be seen dwell on the Star Sports activities 1 and dwell streaming might be obtainable on www.hotstar.com. You can even comply with our dwell weblog for ball-by-ball updates and evaluation on cricketnext.com.
PREVIEW: All of the discuss across the Indian crew as they put together for the Asia Cup has surrounded on their match in opposition to Pakistan. Earlier than that recreation, although, India could have a small hurdle to cross after they face Hong Kong on Tuesday (September 18). In all probability, will probably be one other David vs Goliath encounter. India are the event favourites and ranked No. 2 within the format by ICC. Hong Kong, however, are simply completely happy to be right here. They even misplaced their ODI standing earlier within the 12 months (their matches in Asia Cup have been granted ODI standing although) and the actual fact that they’ve made it this far is a hit. That was telling of their first recreation, in opposition to Pakistan. They had been blown away, each with bat and ball, by a cruel Pakistan facet that romped to a straightforward eight-wicket win as anticipated. Batting first, Hong Kong had been bowled out for simply 116 in 37.1 overs with solely 4 batsmen crossing double-digits. Pakistan chased down the goal in 23.four overs. Hong Kong must drastically enhance their batting in fast time if they’re to check India. Anshuman Rath, their captain and opener, must prepared the ground as he’s maybe their most achieved batsman. But it surely received’t be simple as India too have a robust bowling assault. If Hong Kong do cross Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they’ll should take care of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. These are the form of alternatives Hong Kong not often get, and even when they do fail, it’ll solely be a useful expertise.
India, however, must be cautious of two components. Firstly, overconfidence. Rohit Sharma’s males are clearly the higher facet however they’re up in opposition to unknowns, which might show harmful. Extra importantly, India must battle the robust schedule; they face Pakistan the very subsequent day and must be contemporary for that encounter given the stakes are a lot increased. A technique to do this might be to be ruthless in opposition to Hong Kong. It stays to be seen if India put out their greatest XI given the schedule. They may maybe take into account resting Bumrah for uncapped Khaleel Ahmed, the left-arm pacer.
India have a largely settled crew however nonetheless have points within the center order, which they’ve to handle by the event. Virat Kohli’s absence hasn’t gone down too nicely with the broadcasters but it surely offers India an ideal probability to check different choices. Every of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu might be utilizing the event as a chance to seal their locations within the center order. MS Dhoni’s function in one-day cricket can also be an space India will wish to deal with, contemplating his waning ending abilities. Whether or not they get to start their auditions in opposition to Hong Kong stays to be seen. Even when they do get a recreation, it’s unsure if Hong Kong can check India’s batting depth. These uncertainties are precisely what India might be cautious about.
India: Rohit Sharma(capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Ok Khaleel Ahmed
Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath(capt), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain