HK vs PAK Dream11 Match Prediction | Who Will Win Today match
Dubai, September 16 at 05:00 PM IST
Pakistan kick-start their Asia Cup 2018 campaign against the winners of Asia Cup Qualifiers, Hong Kong on Sunday.
Pakistan, one of the contenders to win this competition, will look to grab the opportunity to get acquainted with the conditions ahead of the clash against arch-rivals India. Sarfraz-led Pakistan come into this tournament after 5-0 ODI series drubbing of Zimbabwe and would want to produce similar performances her.
On the other hand, Hong Kong cricket have deservedly won the Asia Cup Qualifiers and would be confident ahead of the big challenges from Pakistan and India. However, they must play out of their skins to put a fight against the two Asian cricketing giants.
Pitch and weather conditions: There is no dearth of runs on this surface in the past and might be another high scoring game. There could be some purchase for the slow bowlers.
Last ODI result at the venue: Papua New Guinea 192/8 lost to Scotland 196/6 – 2nd ODI, Papua New Guinea tour of United Arab Emirates at Dubai, November 25 2017
Here's how the two sides may lineup for Pakistan vs Hong Kong clash
Hong Kong Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Scott McKechnie
Batsmen – Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Nizakat Khan (Doubt: Christopher Carter)
All-rounders – Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan
Bowlers – Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal
Pakistan Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed
Batsmen – Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asif Ali
All-rounders – Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers – Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan
Hong Kong squad: Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain, Raag Kapur and Scott McKechnie.
Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi.
Wicket-keeper: You must go with Sarfaraz Ahmed, for he is more experienced than his Hong Kong counterpart and also for the reason Scott McKechnie bats lower down the batting order.
Batsmen: The first two choices would be Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq basis performance in Zimbabwe ODI series in July, where the two batsmen piled 515 and 395 runs respectively. The other options are Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat and Babar Azam.
All-rounders: Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf would be the first picks for the recent shows.
Bowlers: Hasan Ali has been brilliant since making his debut, bagging 68 wickets in 33 ODIs. Hong Kong's Nadeem Ahmed also had an excellent run in Asia Cup Qualifier where he picked 14 scalps in six outings.
Captain/Vice Captain picks:
In-form Fakhar Zaman can be one player who can double your fantasy points. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam can also be backed to come good in the fixture.