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PREVIEW: Winless in T20Is in 2022 so far and under pressure after their defeat to India in their Asia Cup opener, Pakistan will still go in as hot favourites when they take on Hong Kong in their bid to avoid first-round exit in Sharjah on Friday (September 2).

Pakistan were let down by their batting against India, the rivals deploying the short-ball ploy to topple the top and middle-order and restrict them to just 147. Once the Mohammad Rizwan was out, Pakistan couldn’t recover.

In part, that boils down to their relatively under-tested middle-order that has faced only 26% of the deliveries since the start of 2021 in comparison to their in-form top-three, who’ve done the bulk of scoring (69%).

The onus would, therefore, again be on the middle-order to step up in the hour of need. And the prospect of toying with the bowlers at Sharjah – notorious for its small boundaries – should inspire a lot of confidence in this must-win contest.

That’s true for Hong Kong too, who did offer a glimpse of the challenge they can pose. India were only going at about 7 an over before the whirlwind knock from Suryakumar Yadav proved the game-changer in setting Hong Kong a big target. In reply, their batting didn’t make it look like a one-sided contest either, as the expectations may have been from the apparent mismatch on paper. Pakistan, too, would be counting on it.

Another hot and humid day in store. Chasing has proven successful across venues in the UAE with India being the only side to have defended a total this Asia Cup, incidentally against Hong Kong.

Teams:
Pakistan Team List: Mohammad Rizwan(w) – Babar Azam(c) – Fakhar Zaman – Iftikhar Ahmed – Khushdil Shah – Shadab Khan – Asif Ali – Mohammad Nawaz – Haris Rauf – Naseem Shah – Shahnawaz Dahani – Usman Qadir – Hasan Ali – Mohammad Hasnain – Haider Ali

Hong Kong Team List: Nizakat Khan(c) – Yasim Murtaza – Babar Hayat – Kinchit Shah – Aizaz Khan – Zeeshan Ali – Scott McKechnie(w) – Haroon Arshad – Ehsan Khan – Ayush Shukla – Mohammad Ghazanfar – Wajid Shah – Aftab Hussain – Dhananjay Rao – Mohammad Waheed – Ahan Trivedi – Ateeq Iqbal

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