Who Will Win Hong Kong vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018?
Pakistan is set to face Hong Kong in the second match of the Asia Cup 2018. This Group A game will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 16. Live action is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM local time.
Pak vs HK: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, OSN Sports Cricket HD, SuperSport
The wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tends to assist the bowlers more early on in the game and run-scoring becomes a tad easier during the second period of play. This is why the toss-winning captain may decide to bowl first.
Pak Team News
Pakistan’s 16-man squad for the Asia Cup is without Mohammad Hafeez and allrounder Imad Wasim who have been ignored. Haris Sohail has been recalled while Shan Masood, Shaheen Afridi, and Usman Khan have earned call-ups due to their impressive recent performances. There were no injury issues for Pakistan at the time of writing.
Pak Key Players
Pakistan’s batting will rely heavily on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Shoaib Malik. Fakhar is coming off a fantastic ODI series in Zimbabwe where he finished as the leading run-getter with 515 runs in five matches and he is going to be the key man for his side. Babar averaged an impressive 184 in that series while Shoaib is the most experienced batsman in this line-up. Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan are the big threats in Pakistan’s bowling attack. Ashraf bagged the most wickets against Zimbabwe – 9 in 4 matches – and the team will want him to keep up the good work. Hasan Ali has 68 wickets in 33 ODIs and he could trouble Hong Kong early on with the new ball. Conditions should also suit Shadab and he will have an important role to play in the middle overs.
Pak Recent Form
Pakistan has so far played ten one-day internationals this year out of which they have won five and lost as many. Though they have won their last five matches in a row, they won’t be very satisfied as all of those wins came against minnows Zimbabwe. Prior to their 5-0 series victory over Zimbabwe, Pakistan suffered a whitewash at the hands of New Zealand in a series of five matches.