Hong Kong must be in high spirits after winning the qualifiers of the Asia Cup and beating UAE in the finals. Their performance has certainly improved since they lost their ODI status.
However, they are up against one of the best bowling lineups in the tournament and on the the Dubai International cricket stadium wicket which initially assists the bowlers, their batsmen would be up for a task.
Pakistan's batting lineup consisting of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik has been in sensational form and would be hungry to add to their tally of runs. Fakhar Zaman has been specially in great nick, becoming the first Pakistani player to score a double century in ODIs recently. They have a lot of variety with the ball in Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir all-rounders Fahim Ashraf and Shadab Khan.
For Hong Kong, Anshuman Rath has now become the captain in place Barbar Hayat. Anshuman was the team's leading scorer in the Asia cup qualifiers and would open the batting along with Nizakat Khan followed by Babar Hayat in the middle order. Nadeem Ahmed, Ehsan Khan and Tanvir Afzal will shoulder the responsibility with the ball.
Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Sarfraz Ahmed (c,wk), Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan
Hong Kong - Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath (c), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Pakistan
Head to Head – Matches 2, Pakistan 2, Hong Kong 0
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Babar Hayat (Hong Kong)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Nadeem Ahmed (Hong Kong)
Most Sixes – Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan), Anshuman Rath (Hong Kong)
Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 300+, Hong Kong 120+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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