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Asia Cup 2022, Match 6: PAK vs HKG Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs Hong Kong (PAK vs HKG)

Date: September 2, Friday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah

Hong Kong and Pakistan will face each other in the sixth match of Asia Cup 2022 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 2. Both Pakistan and Hong Kong lost their respective opening matches at the hands of India, and whichever team wins this game will again play against India on Sunday.

Against India, the Hong Kong bowlers put up a disappointing show and allowed the opponents to score 192 for 2 in 20 overs. The only two wickets which fell were taken by Ayush Shukla and Mohammad Ghazanfar. Chasing 193 runs to win, the Hong Kong batsmen put up a good fight before eventually managing 152 runs. Babar Hayat top scored with a knock of 41, while Kinchit Shah and Zeeshan Ali also put up a good fight.

Pakistan, meanwhile, lost their match to India narrowly. Batting first, the Babar Azam-led side scored 147 before being bowled out in the penultimate ball of the innings. Their batting was substandard, as the only significant knock came from opener Mohammed Rizwan, who scored 43. Their bowlers did an excellent job to take the game down to the wire, before a six from Hardik Pandya helped India finish the chase with three balls to spare. Mohammad Nawaz picked up three wickets, while Naseem Shah chipped in with two.

Ahead of the sixth game of Asia Cup 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for PAK vs HKG, Asia Cup 2022

The wicket at Sharjah Cricket Ground is ideal for bowling and we saw this in the recent game between Bangladesh and Afghanistan as well. A total of 26 T20s have been played at this venue, of which 10 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score is 149, while the average second innings score is 125. The highest and lowest total recorded is 215 for 6 and 44 for 10. The skipper winning the toss might want to bowl first.

The weather in Sharjah will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 to 33 degrees.

Hong Kong team news and predicted XI

Team news: Although Hong Kong lost to India, it can be noted that their batting was impressive. They are unlikely to change the playing XI, unless there is any last minute injury concern.

Squad: Nizakat Khan (Captain), Kinchit Shah (Vice-Captain), 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.

Predicted XI: 1 Nizakat Khan (c) 2 Yasim Murtaza 3 Babar Hayat 4 Kinchit Shah 5 Aizaz Khan 6 Zeeshan Ali 7 Scott McKechnie (wk) 8 Haroon Arshad 9 Ehsan Khan 10 Ayush Shuka 11 Mohammad Ghazanfar

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news:  Naseem Shah injured himself during the game against India. In case he is not fit for the next game, Mohammad Hasnain is likely to replace him.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali.

Predicted XI:  1 Babar Azam (c), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Asif Ali, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Khushdil Shah, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz/Usman Qadir, 9 Shahnawaz Dahani, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Naseem Shah/Mohammad Hasnain

Head to head record

Hong and Pakistan have never faced off against each other in a T20 international game. However, they have played four international games in total, of which Pakistan have three wins.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for PAK vs HKG, Asia Cup 2022

Ehsan Khan – bowler, Hong Kong

Ehsan Khan did not pick up any wickets in the game against India, but he is one of the best bowlers that Hong Kong have. Recently in the Asia Cup Qualifiers Final against the UAE, Ehsan Khan picked up four wickets, which changed the course of the game. In all, the veteran bowler has played 31 T20Is and has picked 39 wickets. On the UAE pitches, his off spin bowling will be very crucial to Hong Kong.

Babar Hayat – batsman, Hong Kong

Babar Hayat was the best batsman for Hong Kong in the game against India. He scored 41 runs off 35 deliveries which was laced with three boundaries and two maximums. Hayat has scored more than 35 runs in his last three international outings and will be looking for another significant knock to help save Hong Kong from getting eliminated from the tournament.

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam had a rare off day against India, where he managed to score just 10 runs. But that doesn’t take away anything from him being one of the best in the business. Currently the no. 1 batsman in ICC T20I rankings, Babar Azam has 2696 runs in 75 T20Is at an average and strike rate of 45.32 and 129.44.

Mohammed Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Babar Azam’s opening partner Mohammed Rizwan was the only batsman who produced a knock of substance in the game against India. Although the knock was slow paced, the 43 runs which came off Rizwan’s bat helped Pakistan post a decent total. Since the start of 2021, Rizwan has scored 1369 runs in 30 T20Is at an average of nearly 74.

Shadab Khan – all-rounder, Pakistan

Shadab Khan was Pakistan’s most economical bowler against India, having given away just 19 runs in his four overs. On a slow pitch, Shadab will once again be one of the key bowlers for Pakistan.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs HKG, Asia Cup 2022

PAK vs HKG – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Pakistan vs Hong Kong game at the Asia Cup 2022 will televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on September 2.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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