LATEST UPDATE: India simply dropping the plot right here, Karthik goes for the slog sweep however holes out to the deep mid-wicket fielder right here. Babar Hayat takes catch in deep right here. India are 248/5 right here and Hong Kong are nearly combating again right here. Karthik departs for 33
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PREVIEW: All of the discuss across the Indian workforce as they put together for the Asia Cup has surrounded on their match towards Pakistan. Earlier than that sport, although, India can 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 yr (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, towards Pakistan. They had been blown away, each with bat and ball, by a cruel Pakistan facet that romped to a straightforward eight-wicket win as anticipated. Batting first, Hong Kong had 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 achieved 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 cope with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. These are the form of alternatives Hong Kong hardly ever get, and even when they do fail, it’ll solely be a useful expertise.
India, then again, should be cautious of two elements. Firstly, overconfidence. Rohit Sharma’s males are clearly the higher facet however they’re up towards 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 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 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 match. Virat Kohli’s absence hasn’t gone down too properly with the broadcasters however it gives India an ideal likelihood to check different choices. Every of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Kedhar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu will likely be utilizing the match as a possibility to seal their locations within the center order. MS Dhoni’s position in one-day cricket can 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