LATEST UPDATE: India will lastly begin their Asia Cup marketing campaign in opposition to minnows Hong Kong and can look to start out with a victory. The conflict will even present a glimpse of what to anticipate after they conflict in opposition to Pakistan on Wednesday.
The stay telecast of the match will begin at 5:00PM on September 18 (Tuesday). The match will be seen stay on the Star Sports activities 1 and stay streaming can be obtainable on www.hotstar.com. You too can observe our stay weblog for ball-by-ball updates and evaluation on cricketnext.com.
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 recreation, although, India may have a small hurdle to cross after they face Hong Kong on Tuesday (September 18). In all chance, it will likely be one other David vs Goliath encounter. India are the match favourites and ranked No. 2 within the format by ICC. Hong Kong, then again, are simply blissful 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 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 must drastically enhance their batting in fast time if they’re to check India. Anshuman Rath, their captain and opener, must paved the way as he’s maybe their most completed batsman. Nevertheless it 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 type of alternatives Hong Kong hardly ever get, and even when they do fail, it’ll solely be a useful expertise.
India, then again, must 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 must battle the powerful schedule; they face Pakistan the very subsequent day and must be recent for that encounter given the stakes are a lot increased. A method to do this can be to be ruthless in opposition to Hong Kong. It stays to be seen if India put out their finest XI given the schedule. They could maybe contemplate 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 by way of the match. Virat Kohli’s absence hasn’t gone down too effectively with the broadcasters nevertheless it offers India an important likelihood to check different choices. Every of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu can be utilizing the match 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 handle, contemplating his waning ending expertise. 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 take a look at India’s batting depth. These uncertainties are precisely what India can 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