LATEST UPDATE: Usman is just too good for the tailenders. Once more comes across the wicket, will get the ball to seam again in earlier than clattering into the off stump. Afzal did not have an excessive amount of clue what occurred there. Hong Kong are 97/eight right here
Preview: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 slightly 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 in opposition to Zimbabwe, will likely be eager to get their match kicking with a convincing win. They’re enjoying on their adopted residence floor and know the situations higher than anybody. Nevertheless, they’re identified to blow cold and warm all too typically, one thing their captain Sarfraz Ahmed will wish to hold reminding them.
In actual fact, their latest One-Day Worldwide file makes for a slightly 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 development suggests, as soon as Pakistan are within the groove they’re just about been arduous to cease, while additionally mentioning that one loss can go a good distance in denting their confidence. With India to return subsequent, Pakistan will likely 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 some of the 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 wonderful type whereas the expertise of Shoaib Malik and Ahmed will go a good distance in bolstering the middle-order. The bowling division, as ordinary, 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 slightly nicely of late.
Pakistan have type on their aspect and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the situations slightly nicely. They’ll have huge assist behind them and it solely must be seen how nicely the Champions Trophy 2017 winners address the stress and expectations. Hong Kong, however, 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, will likely be eager to show a degree after being stripped off their ODI standing publish a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve achieved 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.
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