India vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai: India Beat Hong Kong in Hard-fought Encounter

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PREVIEW: All of the speak across the Indian crew as they put together for the Asia Cup has surrounded on their match towards Pakistan. Earlier than that sport, although, India could have a small hurdle to cross once they face Hong Kong on Tuesday (September 18). In all probability, it is going to be one other David vs Goliath encounter. India are the event favourites and ranked No. 2 within the format by ICC. Hong Kong, then again, 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 a hit. That was telling of their first sport, towards Pakistan. They have been blown away, each with bat and ball, by a cruel Pakistan aspect 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 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. Nevertheless it gained’t be straightforward 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 type of alternatives Hong Kong not often get, and even when they do fail, it’ll solely be a useful expertise.
India, then again, must be cautious of two components. Firstly, overconfidence. Rohit Sharma’s males are clearly the higher aspect however they’re up towards 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 greater. A method to do this will likely be to be ruthless towards Hong Kong. It stays to be seen if India put out their finest XI given the schedule. They could 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 deal with via the event. Virat Kohli’s absence hasn’t gone down too nicely with the broadcasters however it gives India an awesome likelihood to check different choices. Every of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu will likely be utilizing the event as a chance to seal their locations within the center order. MS Dhoni’s position in one-day cricket can also be an space India will need to deal with, contemplating his waning ending abilities. Whether or not they get to start their auditions towards Hong Kong stays to be seen. Even when they do get a sport, it’s unsure if Hong Kong can take a look at India’s batting depth. These uncertainties are precisely what India will likely 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


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