Before clashing with their arch-rivals on 19 September, Team India will be taking on minnows Hong Kong for their opening encounter in the Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
India have played against Hong Kong just once in the past where India registered a thumping victory against Hong Kong by 256 runs.
The defending champions will hope for a similar outing this time as well when they meet Hong Kong in Asia Cup. Hong Kong skipper has clearly asserted that they do not have anything to lose against India and has expressed that his team will be looking forward to seeing how a top operates.
Hong Kong lost their last match against Pakistan by 8 wickets and going forward, they would like to learn from their mistakes and give a competitive fight to India in their next header.
Having lost their ODI status last year, even qualifying for the Asia Cup was not a cakewalk for Hong Kong. They missed out an opportunity to make a cut for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and lost their ODI status.
However, they stormed into the Asia Cup after beating UAE in the finals of the qualifiers. They would now look forward to making the best out of it and proving their mettle in the Asia Cup 2018.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(wk), KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.
Hong Kong Squad: Anshuman Rath(c), Babar Hayat, Scott McKechnie, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Aizaz Khan, Tanveer Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Aftab Hussain, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed
Live Cricket Streaming, India vs Hong Kong Asia Cup 2018: Watch India vs Hong Kong on Star Sports Network from 17:00 hrs. Viewers can also enjoy the live streaming of the match on Hotstar.