Last Update on: August 31st, 2022 at 05:07 pm
India take on Hong Kong in their next group game in Dubai on Wednesday, August 31. They defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a tense contest in their Asia Cup campaign opener on Sunday, August 28. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are placed in Group B. India and Pakistan are placed in group A along with Hong Kong. All the matches will be played in Dubai and Sharjah
Hardik Pandya (33*) and Ravindra Jadeja (35) starred with the bat as India successfully chased down 148 with five wickets and two balls to spare. India lost KL Rahul (1) early in the chase. Rohit Sharma (12) was involved in a 49-run stand with Virat Kohli (35).
Both were then dismissed in quick succession. From 89 for 4, Pandya and Jadeja added a 52-run stand to shape up India’s victory. Pandya was eventually adjudged as the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/25 before his match-winning innings with the bat.
A total of 13 matches will take place during the tournament. India are the defending champions of the tournament, which won the title back in 2018 by defeating Bangladesh in the final. India has also won the most 7 Asia Cup titles so far. Sri Lanka comes next with 5 titles while Pakistan has won 2 titles.
During the group stage, each team will play one match against the teams in their group. The top 2 teams from both groups will qualify for the super four round. During the super 4 round, each team will play one match against the other. The top two teams will qualify for the final which will be played in Dubai on September 11.
India vs Hong Kong Match Preview, Asia Cup 2022, Match 4
The Rohit Sharma-led side are the favourites to win the title. They had a good game against Pakistan in their campaign opener, one which the players will cherish forever. Rohit spoke about the team taking risks whenever it needs to and playing with a particular template. However, against Pakistan, the approach was more sedate and routined. Dinesh Karthik chosen over Rishabh Pant surprised the Indian fans and cricket experts and as it turned out it was not such a bad call.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja yet again proved their importance in the middle-order for India. Hardik especially proved his match-winning potential yet again which will stand him in good stead going ahead in the tournament. After a nail-biting win, it will be interesting to see whether Pant gets into playing Xi in the next game against Hong Kong. The rest of the squad is expected to remain the same.
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Standby: Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer
The side yet again made it to the main round of the Asia Cup. They won all three qualifier games and made it as the third team in group A. They defeated Singapore by 8 runs defending 148 to win. The side defeated Kuwait and UAE by 8 wickets each in their next two games to book a slot in group A.
The likes of Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Chira Suri and skipper Nizakat Khan are the senior players in the side and will need to deliver with the bat. They face India in their very first game on August 31 and need to play out of their skin to beat the defending champions. The side will be led by Nizakat Khan
Hong Kong Squad
Nizakat Khan (C), Kinchit Shah (VC), Aizaz Khan, Zeeshan Ali, Yasim Murtaza, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Ghazanfar Mohammad, Ayush Shukla, Babar Hayat, Aftab Hussain, Scott McKechnie, Ahan Trivedi, Wajid Shah, Waheed Mohammad, Dhananjay Rao, Ateeq Iqbal
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