LATEST UPDATE: Usman Khan is enjoying simply his seventh ODI and is wanting actually spectacular right here. Wraps Anshuman on the pads and there’s a big attraction, however that will have been happening the leg facet. The Hong Kong skipper struggling a bit. He occasions the subsequent one effectively although by the covers to choose three runs. Hong Kong are 17/Zero after four overs
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Preview:Pakistan and Hong Kong have confronted off in a One-Day Worldwide solely twice – in 2004 and 2008 – to this point with the Males in Inexperienced successful each encounters relatively simply. A lot of the identical might 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, might be eager to get their event kicking with a convincing win. They’re enjoying on their adopted dwelling floor and know the circumstances 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 reality, their latest One-Day Worldwide document makes for a relatively fascinating learn. Of their final three collection, Pakistan have swept Zimbabwe 5-0, been whitewashed by New Zealand 5-Zero after which have overwhelmed Sri Lanka 5-0. The pattern suggests, as soon as Pakistan are within the groove they’re just about been exhausting to cease, while additionally declaring that one loss can go a great distance in denting their confidence. With India to come back subsequent, Pakistan might be hoping for a optimistic begin of their first sport and have an excellent likelihood of doing so in opposition to Hong Kong.
For starters, they’ve one of the vital balanced sides within the competitors. Fakhar Zaman not too long ago grew to become the quickest batsman in ODI historical past to finish 1000 runs whereas Imam-ul-Haq has additionally been in super 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 relatively effectively of late.
Pakistan have type on their facet and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the circumstances relatively effectively. They are going to have large assist behind them and it solely must be seen how effectively the Champions Trophy 2017 winners deal with the strain and expectations. Hong Kong, then again, have little to lose. They’re returning to the Asia Cup after a spot of ten years and with new skipper in Anshuman Rath on the helm, might be eager to show some extent after being stripped off their ODI standing submit a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve accomplished effectively to succeed in 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 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.
Taking part in XI:
Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (capt.), Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Aizaz Khan, Christopher Carter, Nadeem Ahmed, Scott McKechnie (wk), Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Kinchit Shah
Pakistan:: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan