LATEST UPDATE: Hong Kong win the toss and so they have elected to bowl first right here
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PREVIEW: All of the speak across the Indian workforce as they put together for the Asia Cup has surrounded on their match in opposition to Pakistan. Earlier than that sport, although, India can have a small hurdle to cross once they face Hong Kong on Tuesday (September 18). In all chance, 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 glad 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 successful. That was telling of their first sport, in opposition to Pakistan. They have been blown away, each with bat and ball, by a cruel Pakistan facet that romped to a simple eight-wicket win as anticipated. Batting first, Hong Kong have 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 should drastically enhance their batting in fast time if they’re to check India. Anshuman Rath, their captain and opener, should prepared the ground as he’s maybe their most completed batsman. However it gained’t be simple as India too have a powerful 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 type of alternatives Hong Kong hardly ever get, and even when they do fail, it’ll solely be a useful expertise.
India, however, should be cautious of two elements. 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 should battle the powerful schedule; they face Pakistan the very subsequent day and should be recent for that encounter given the stakes are a lot increased. A technique to try this will probably 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 think about resting Bumrah for uncapped Khaleel Ahmed, the left-arm pacer.
India have a largely settled workforce however nonetheless have points within the center order, which they’ve to deal with via the event. Virat Kohli’s absence hasn’t gone down too nicely with the broadcasters but it surely offers India an awesome likelihood to check different choices. Every of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu will probably be utilizing the event as a possibility 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 tackle, 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 sport, it’s unsure if Hong Kong can check India’s batting depth. These uncertainties are precisely what India will probably 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