Cricket teams of India and Hong Kong will meet on August 31
Team India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in the first match
Hong Kong have made it to the main draw through the qualifiers
Dubai. The Indian cricket team, captained by Rohit Sharma, will take on Hong Kong (India vs Hong Kong) on Wednesday in their second and last league match of the Asia Cup 2022. By winning this match, Team India would like to reach the Super 4 stage. After beating Babar Azam & Co in their first match, the spirits of the Indian team are high. India had earlier defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 5 wickets in their first match. Team India can change the batting order or team combination in the second match.
The Hong Kong team will play their first match in the current tournament. Team India will not make the mistake of taking the opposition team lightly. There will also be a golden opportunity for batsmen like opener KL Rahul to return to the rhythm. After defeating Pakistan in the last over on the back of a brilliant all-rounder performance from veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya, the focus will now be on batting practice.
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KL Rahul would like to focus on batting practice
KL Rahul played the first T20 match this year against Pakistan. He would like to focus on batting practice. In T20, 45 runs in 20 balls are more important than scores like 90 not out in 65 balls. The emphasis will be on how the innings has been played and its importance in the match. India’s eyes are also on finding the right team combination for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from October 16 to November 13.
Virat Kohli will try to get into the rhythm
Hong Kong does not have a bowler like Pakistan but it cannot be taken lightly because the performance of an unknown team cannot be speculated. Captain Rohit has clearly said that the experiments will continue, so the change in the batting order will not be a matter of surprise. For Virat Kohli too, this match will be good for batting practice so that he can return to the rhythm due to which the opposing teams keep terrorizing him. Rohit, who could not do anything special against Pakistan, will also be expected to play a good innings.
Who will get a chance between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant?
It remains to be seen whether Ravindra Jadeja is dropped at number four or Rishabh Pant gets a chance in place of Dinesh Karthik. Despite the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Pakistani team, the Indian top order could not do much. Against teams like Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand, India’s attacking strategy from the very beginning will be the real test. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi can be fielded in this match by resting Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja.
India : Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Hong Kong : Nizakat Khan (Captain), Kinchit Shah, Aftab Hussain, Aijaz Khan, Ateeq Iqbal, Babar Hayat, Dhananjay Rao, Ehsan Khan, Haroon Arshad, Scott McKennie, Gazanfar Mohammad, Mohammad Wahid, Aayush Shukla, Ahan Trivedi, Wajid Shah, Yasim Mortaza , Zeeshan Ali.
Tags: Asia cup, hong kong, India cricket team, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Team India, Virat Kohli
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 30, 2022, 15:31 IST