Pakistan vs Hong Kong, 6th Match, Group A
When: Friday, September 2 at 2 PM GMT | 6 PM local
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
ASIA CUP 2022 Hong Kong Squad:
|Hong Kong Squad|
|Nizakat Khan (c)|
|Scott McKechnie (wk)|
ASIA CUP 2022 Pakistan Squad:
|Babar Azam (c)|
|Mohammad Wasim Jnr|
Winless in T20s so far in Asia cup 2022 and under pressure after their Asia Cup opener loss to India, Pakistan will still be hot favorites when they take on Hong Kong for a first-round exit in Sharjah on Friday (September). 2).
Pakistan were disappointed in their batting against India, with the opponents using short-ball tactics to restrict them to just 147, topping the top and middle order. Once Mohammad Rizwan rejected the threat – he has a tendency to explode in the slug. -Over, going to SR 211.39 from 2021 – Pakistan could not recover.
In part, this boils down to their relatively under-tested middle-order which has faced just 26% of deliveries since the start of 2021 compared to their in-form top-three, who have done most of the scoring (69%).
Hence, the onus will once again be on the middle order to step up when needed. And the prospect of playing with the bowlers in Sharjah – notorious for its short boundaries – will inspire a lot of confidence in this must-win contest.
The same is true for Hong Kong, which has given a glimpse of the threat they could pose. India were leading in just 7 overs before Suryakumar Yadav’s whirlwind knock proved a game-changer to set Hong Kong a formidable target. In reply, their batting didn’t make it look like a one-sided contest, as expectations might have been from a clear mismatch on paper. Pakistan will also rely on it.
When: Friday, September 2 at 2pm GMT 6 pm local
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
What to Expect: Another hot and humid day in store. Chasing has proved successful across the UAE venue and India are the only team to defend a total against Hong Kong in this Asia Cup.
Injury/Unavailability: Naseem Shah was visibly in pain as he completed the second half of the last over in India’s chase. If Pakistan decides not to risk him, Mohammad Hasnain will be seen.
Tactics and match-ups: As the Asia Cup pitches are, runs become important against the hard new ball. And when it comes to scoring goals in the UAE, runs at the top are doubly valuable. Since 2021, Babar Azam has struck just 113 in the Powerplay. Rizwan fares slightly better at 123. Hong Kong will want to exploit this further.
Probable XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah/Mohammed Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Injuries/unavailability: After giving a good account of themselves in their first T20I against India, Hong Kong could be unchanged for the do-or-die clash barring a last-minute injury.
Tactics and match-ups: Against India, Hong Kong’s spinners (1-72 in 10 overs) outballed their pace counterparts (1-119 in 10 overs), so we can expect the likes of Ehsan Khan and Yasim Murtaza to bowl where Pakistan’s. Power lies, which is at the top. Hong Kong’s pacers can be a soft target for Pakistan’s batsmen, leaking runs at an economy of around 10 in the Asia Cup (including qualifiers) which has gone to just 6.42 against spin.
Probable XI: Nizakat Khan (c), Yaseem Mortaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Zeeshan Ali, Scott McKenney (wicketkeeper), Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla
do you know
– The Hong Kong squad has at least five players of Pakistani origin
– Naseem Shah has taken a career-best 21 wickets with 5 for 20 in his 14 T20s this year, but gives away runs at 8.14. He was the leading wicket taker for Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2022
what did they say
“We will look at our death bowling. We will improve.” – Nizakat Khan
Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain. , Haider Ali
Hong Kong Squad: Nizakat Khan (C), Yaseem Mortaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Zeeshan Ali, Scott McKenney (W), Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Ayush Shukla, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Wajid Shah, Aftab Hussain, Dhananjay Rao , Mohammad Wahid, Ahan Trivedi, Ateeq Iqbal