LATEST UPDATE: Pakistan have made a gradual 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 will. Each are freely enjoying their pictures after getting nicely settled.
Preview:Pakistan and Hong Kong have confronted off in a One-Day Worldwide solely twice – in 2004 and 2008 – up to now with the Males in Inexperienced profitable each encounters fairly simply. A lot of the identical can 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, can 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 usually, one thing their captain Sarfraz Ahmed will wish to preserve reminding them.
The truth is, their latest One-Day Worldwide document makes for a fairly 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 exhausting to cease, while additionally stating that one loss can go a good distance in denting their confidence. With India to return subsequent, Pakistan can be hoping for a constructive begin of their first sport and have an excellent probability of doing so towards Hong Kong.
For starters, they’ve one of the balanced sides within the competitors. Fakhar Zaman lately 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 kind 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 fairly nicely of late.
Pakistan have kind on their aspect and a very good set of gamers who’re acclimatised to the situations fairly nicely. They are going to have huge assist behind them and it solely must be seen how nicely the Champions Trophy 2017 winners deal with the stress and expectations. Hong Kong, then again, have little to lose. They’re returning to the Asia Cup after a niche of ten years and with new skipper in Anshuman Rath on the helm, can be eager to show a degree after being stripped off their ODI standing put up a disappointing World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They’ve executed nicely 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 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 number 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