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Pakistan vs Hong Kong, 2nd Match, Group A Match Prediction

Sep 16, Sun 11:30 GMT , Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE

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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Pakistan won by 8 Wickets

ABOUT THE MATCH

The second match of the Asia Cup will also be played at the Dubai International Stadium but will be a mismatch of sorts with the relatively-inexperienced Hong Kong outfit taking on the talented Pakistan team. Hong Kong had their ODI status suspended by the ICC earlier this year and have only been granted temporary readmission because of the quality of their opponents.

Match Preview

The combined ODI experience of the 17-member Hong Kong squad is 174 ODIs whereas in stark contrast, Shoaib Malik alone has played 266 matches for Pakistan. Having entered the tournament through the qualifiers, Hong Kong are in a tough group with Pakistan and India.

iconPakistan Team News

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been left out of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad casting doubts on the 37-year-old’s international career. Another absentee will be Imad Wasim who failed a fitness test before the squad was announced.

Pakistan have chosen to go with 6 pacers in their 16-man squad: Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Junaid Khan. They have high hopes from the 6‘6” Shaheen Afridi though the 18-year-old is yet to make his ODI debut.

iconHong Kong Team News

Anshuman Rath who was made skipper of the Hong Kong team just before the qualifiers is one of the five players who are under 20 years of age. The 31-year-old Nadeem Ahmed is the only Hong Kong player to have played in the Asia Cup before, as a 16-year-old way back in 2004 and as a 20-year-old in 2008.

He took 4 wickets against Pakistan a decade ago, claiming the scalps of Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Shahid Afridi. Nadeem will hope to make the difference again on Sunday.

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Pitch Conditions

 

Another hot day is expected in Dubai with temperatures touching 40 degree Celsius. Humidity will also be a factor with dew affecting the spin later in the day. The dry pitch will offer some turn for the spinners in the first innings.

Toss Prediction

 

Expect the team winning the toss to field first.

Our Match Prediction

Our Prediction:

Pakistan should easily win this match against their vastly inexperienced opponents.

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