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Preview:Pakistan and Hong Kong have confronted off in a One-Day Worldwide solely twice – in 2004 and 2008 – up to now with the Males in Inexperienced successful each encounters fairly simply. A lot of the identical can be anticipated when the 2 sides kickstart their Asia Cup marketing campaign on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium on Sunday. Pakistan, who’re coming off a 5-Zero win in opposition to Zimbabwe, can be eager to get their match kicking with a convincing win. They’re enjoying on their adopted residence floor and know the circumstances higher than anybody. Nonetheless, they’re recognized to blow cold and warm all too usually, one thing their captain Sarfraz Ahmed will wish to preserve reminding them.
In reality, their current One-Day Worldwide document makes for a fairly attention-grabbing learn. Of their final three sequence, Pakistan have swept Zimbabwe 5-0, been whitewashed by New Zealand 5-Zero after which have crushed Sri Lanka 5-0. The pattern suggests, as soon as Pakistan are within the groove they’re just about been onerous to cease, while additionally stating that one loss can go a good distance in denting their confidence. With India to come back subsequent, Pakistan can be hoping for a constructive begin of their first sport and have a great probability of doing so in opposition to Hong Kong.
For starters, they’ve one of the crucial balanced sides within the competitors. Fakhar Zaman not too long ago turned the quickest batsman in ODI historical past to finish 1000 runs whereas Imam-ul-Haq has additionally been in large contact. Babar Azam, who’s ranked second place behind Virat Kohli on the ODI rankings, will look to hold on his wonderful type whereas the expertise of Shoaib Malik and Ahmed will go a good distance in bolstering the middle-order. The bowling division, as traditional, has a good selection with the likes of Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi within the combine whereas Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf have donned the all-rounder’s hat fairly properly of late.
Pakistan have type on their aspect and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the circumstances fairly properly. They are going to have large help behind them and it solely must be seen how properly the Champions Trophy 2017 winners address the strain and expectations. Hong Kong, alternatively, have little to lose. They’re returning to the Asia Cup after a niche of ten years and with new skipper in Anshuman Rath on the helm, can be eager to show some extent after being stripped off their ODI standing put up a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve completed properly to achieve the competitors defeating sides likes UAE and Nepal within the qualifiers to make it to the ultimate six, and like their captain stated will wish to “simply exit and luxuriate in themselves”. In Rath and Nizakat Khan, they’ve a strong opening duo and with the expertise of Babar Hayat and Nadeem Ahmed will hope to trigger a couple of upsets on the multi-nation occasion.
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath(c), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed, Cameron McAulsan, Arshad Mohammad, Raag Kapur, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi