Hong Kong surprised every cricket fan after winning the Asia Cup qualifiers by beating UAE in the final. Both the teams were brilliant in their campaign and it looked like UAE would go through to join India and Pakistan but Hong Kong showed their class at the right time and won the epic final by 2 wickets (D/L Method) at Kuala Lumpur. So here’s the prediction of their first game against Pakistan. Have a glance:
Deep strength in batting – Hong Kong had a good time with the willow during the qualifiers. They outclassed bowlers with their extraordinary batting in almost every game. Though it’s a tough game for them, they have the ability to showcase some of their batting skills against Pakistan.
Irregularity in international cricket – Hong Kong are one of the associate members of the ICC therefore, they can’t play against full-time members like India and Australia. But the good news is that, in April 2018, ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Hong Kong and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.
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No rest, full strength – Unlike India, Pakistan had announced a powerful squad for the Asia Cup with an appropriate mixture of batsmen and bowlers. They have the experience of Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir and Sarfraz Ahmed. Meanwhile, they are also filled with young talent including Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali and Babar Azam.
Speed: A forever advantage – Pakistan have always been a brilliant bowling side. The present guns have been brought up watching Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan and therefore, the habit of producing a fine pace-attack won’t be going anywhere in the near future. In this Asia Cup, they have some of the finest bowlers of this era including Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali.
Cricwizz’s Prediction: Pakistan are having a clear edge in this battle due to Hong Kong’s lack of experience. This is a game of cricket so one can expect a surprising turnaround as well. But practically, Pakistan are favourites.
Who will win the 2nd match of the Asia Cup 2018?
- Pakistan (58%, 22 Votes)
- Hong Kong (42%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 38