LATEST UPDATE: Pakistan have made a gentle begin to their chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are on the crease and they’ll look to complete the chase as quickly as they’ll. Each had been freely enjoying their pictures and the chase will not final lengthy at this fee. The gamers have now taken their dinner break.
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 profitable each encounters slightly simply. A lot of the identical will probably 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 towards Zimbabwe, will probably be eager to get their match 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 warm all too usually, one thing their captain Sarfraz Ahmed will need to hold reminding them.
In truth, their latest One-Day Worldwide file makes for a slightly fascinating learn. Of their final three sequence, Pakistan have swept Zimbabwe 5-0, been whitewashed by New Zealand 5-Zero after which have crushed 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 stating that one loss can go a good distance in denting their confidence. With India to come back subsequent, Pakistan will probably be hoping for a constructive begin of their first sport and have a very good likelihood of doing so towards Hong Kong.
For starters, they’ve probably the most balanced sides within the competitors. Fakhar Zaman not too long ago turned the quickest batsman in ODI historical past to finish 1000 runs whereas Imam-ul-Haq has additionally been in great 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 good 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 slightly properly of late.
Pakistan have type on their facet and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the circumstances slightly properly. They are going to have huge help behind them and it solely must be seen how properly the Champions Trophy 2017 winners address the strain and expectations. Hong Kong, alternatively, 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 probably be eager to show a degree after being stripped off their ODI standing put up a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve accomplished properly 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 mentioned will need 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 just a few upsets on the multi-nation occasion.
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