Asia Cup Preview: Team India’s Hong Kong dress rehearsal before Pakistan test

A formidable India will likely be aiming to provide short work of minnows Hong Kong of their Asia Cup opener Tuesday sooner than getting battle-bright for their primary-anticipated conflict against arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday.
The match against Hong Kong will likely be an ‘appetiser’ sooner than cricket junkies are handled to a lavish unfold of main direction which is bright to be the Indo-Pak rivalry. Even with out traditional skipper Virat Kohli, the Indian facet, led by Rohit Sharma, is an intimidating one in the limited-overs layout.
Even supposing Rohit and his colleagues may per chance additionally now not be pleased to score Hong Kong evenly, if truth be told the match will simplest be a pre-cursor or a glorified dress rehearsal sooner than they score on an in-create Pakistan the very subsequent day. Within the searing Dubai warmth, the do the mercury has risen as a lot as Forty three degree Celsius, the main plan for the Males in Blue would be to accumulate their combination fair appropriate sooner than the obedient sport.
Hong Kong misplaced their opener against Pakistan by eight wickets in a thoroughly one sided showdown the do they’d additionally simply do up simplest 116 runs. Except a miracle happens, there may per chance now not be a important enchancment of their efficiency against an Indian physique of workers that boasts of the likes of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav in batting along with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in bowling.
For the previous few years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s waning batting abilities be pleased repeatedly come under scanner and this tournament will give all and sundry a honest belief of his ideal do. Whether or now not it can per chance end up being No.5, 6 or 7 will likely be the obedient rivalry going into the Pakistan sport.
If Dhoni comes in at No.7, he’ll be pleased to face a skilful Mohammed Aamir on the death along with a skiddy Usman Khan and talented Hasan Ali. Presumably, Kedar Jadhav or Manish Pandey at No.5 and Hardik Pandya along with his obedient hitting abilities at No.7 may per chance additionally reward to be ideal foil for the extinct India captain, if he decides to come at No 6.
The center-describe that has been a snarl for India for pretty some time now and be pleased to be sorted going into the World Cup subsequent year. It is a ways anticipated that KL Rahul will bat at No.Three however the incoming deliveries from Aamir or Hasan will likely be a snarl be pleased it has been in England.
The BCCI has already employed a left-arm throwdown specialist from Sri Lanka to make certain that India haven’t any disaster tackling Pakistan’s battery of left-armers. Additionally, they’ve Khaleel Ahmed in the physique of workers to present the batsmen primary-wished squawk. However, on flat decks with tiny poke from white kookaburra, the Indian batsmen can play their outmoded ‘hitting on the upward thrust’ sport with minimal footwork.
The Hong Kong encounter will likely be a match simulator for the likes of Dhawan, Rahul and Pandya, who can be pleased to adjust to the diversified length and lumber of the be aware. The Bumrah-Bhuvneshwar combination will likely be abet in poke along with the Kuldeep-Chahal combination, which has been a each day do-up for previous twelve months.
For Pakistan, the two Indian wrist-spinners will likely be unknown entities as they weren’t in the physique of workers that misplaced to Sarfraz Khan’s men in the Champions Trophy closing in England. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam are the two batting mainstays while Imam ul Haq (Inzamam ul Haq’s nephew) has been rather fixed to this point.
The oldest participant in the line up, all-rounder Shoaib Malik, has huge expertise of batting in the center overs on low slow decks of the sub-continent. The Hong Kong sport will additionally be ideal warmth-up for Bhuvneshwar, who has been out because of abet atomize. He now not too long ago came abet to aggressive cricket for India A against South Africa A.
The tickets for the Indo-Pak conflict has been steeply priced with the hospitality seats costing USD 1600 (INR 1.15 lakh approx). The stadium is anticipated to be packed to skill on Wednesday but one can are waiting for a sizeable Indian inhabitants on Tuesday itself accurate by the Hong Kong sport.
Squads India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.
Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.