Asia Cup 2018: In-form Pakistan Hope to Start their Campaign in Style Against Hong Kong

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Pakistan and Hong Kong have confronted off in a One-Day Worldwide solely twice – in 2004 and 2008 – to date with the Males in Inexperienced successful each encounters quite simply. A lot of the identical will likely 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 towards Zimbabwe, will likely be eager to get their match kicking with a convincing win. They’re taking part in on their adopted residence floor and know the situations higher than anybody. Nevertheless, they’re recognized to blow cold and hot all too usually, one thing their captain Sarfraz Ahmed will wish to hold reminding them.

In truth, their latest One-Day Worldwide report makes for a quite 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 arduous to cease, while additionally declaring that one loss can go a great distance in denting their confidence. With India to come back subsequent, Pakistan will likely be hoping for a optimistic begin of their first sport and have a superb probability of doing so towards Hong Kong.

For starters, they’ve some of the balanced sides within the competitors. Fakhar Zaman just lately grew to become the quickest batsman in ODI historical past to finish 1000 runs whereas Imam-ul-Haq has additionally been in great contact. Babar Azam, who’s ranked second place behind Virat Kohli on the ODI rankings, will look to hold on his glorious type whereas the expertise of Shoaib Malik and Ahmed will go a great distance in bolstering the middle-order.

The bowling division, as typical, 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 quite nicely of late.

Pakistan have type on their facet and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the situations quite nicely. They are going to have large assist behind them and it solely must be seen how nicely the Champions Trophy 2017 winners address the stress and expectations.

Hong Kong, then again, 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, will likely be eager to show some extent after being stripped off their ODI standing publish a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve executed nicely 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 revel in themselves”.

In Rath and Nizakat Khan, they’ve a stable 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.

First Printed: September 15, 2018, 9:06 PM IST


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