Hong Kong bat; Pakistan decide Usman Khan over Junaid Khan

Hong Kong bat; Pakistan pick Usman Khan over Junaid Khan

Asia Cup 2018 Honkong vs Pakistan

Toss: Hong Kong selected to bat v Pakistan


Saqlain Mushtaq and Deep Dasgupta dissect Pakistan’s Asia Cup opener in opposition to Hong Kong, and what they are going to search to remove from the sport

Of their first recreation at this yr’s Asia Cup, Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath determined to bat in blazing situations in Dubai. It’s their first ODI in opposition to a top-eight aspect for the reason that Asia Cup in 2008, which can also be when Hong Kong and Pakistan final met.

Pakistan, seeking to get off to a commanding begin in a gaggle that additionally consists of India, had been additionally seeking to bat first, primarily to keep away from fielding in such uncomfortably scorching climate. They’ve opted for an assault that contains three quick bowlers, with Shadab Khan as a specialist spinner and Shoaib Malik and Faheem Ashraf as further bowling choices. Of the six quick bowlers a part of their squad, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Usman Khan get the nod for this opening fixture.

Asia Cup 2018

Hong Kong: 1 Anshy Rath (capt), 2 Babar Hayat, three Nizakat Khan, four Tanwir Afzal, 5 Aizaz Khan, 6 Christopher Carter, 7 Nadeem Ahmed, eight Scott Mckechnie (wk), 9 Ehsan Khan, 10 Ehsan Nawaz, 11 Kinchit Shah

Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, three Babar Azam, four Shoaib Malik, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt&wk), 6 Asif Ali, 7 Shadab Khan, eight Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Usman Khan