About the Match
With the Group A qualifiers kick-starting this Sunday, Hong Kong will be up against Nepal at Chittagong in the second qualifying match of the World T20 series. Hong Kong defeated Zimbabwe by 4 wickets a couple of days back in the warm-up match and also won against Netherlands today by 27 runs to give a major morale boost ahead of the campaign. Nepal on the other hand lost both its practice matches against UAE and Ireland; it will need to rise up and face the challenge head on from here on. Both teams have good resources and the team that can keep a cool head on their shoulder has better chance to survive here; the contest will be a good opportunity for the youngsters on both sides to showcase their talent to the world.
The team did well to triumph in the warm-up matches this week and some of the players emerged as key resources; Mark Chapman is in good form and posted confident half-centuries in both matches, against Zimbabwe and Netherlands. Atkinson, Nizakat Khan and Tanwir Afzal also did well and show a lot of promise in the middle order; though they need to have a strong strategy in terms of drawing the batting line-up while facing stronger teams. Haseeb Amjad was phenomenal against Netherlands, taking 6 wickets and giving away only 21 runs in his spell leading to a complete demolition of the opponents; the other bowler who has proved his mettle is Irfan Ahmed, who took 3-25 against Zimbabwe. The bowling squad also consists of the all-rounders, Nizakat Khan and Tanwir Afzal who have been consistently taking wickets, Nadeem Ahmed, Aizaz Khan and Najeeb Amar. The team has given a good performance so far and with a good positive attitude, they could go places here.
This young and inexperienced team has shown its strengths in the T20 format, with some of its players appearing in the Bangladesh domestic circuit and having exposure to these conditions. The captain, Mohammad Nabi has a strong temperament and inspires his mates to bring out the best in them, especially in crucial situations as witnessed in the Asia Cup, where they gave tough challenges to the test-playing nations and even succeeded against Bangladesh. Mohammad Shahzad, Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari and Asghar Stanikzai are big hitters and know how to keep the scoreboard ticking; Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib have experience of playing big teams and will be eager to prove themselves here. The bowling unit has a good mix of spinners and pacemen like the all-rounder Shenwari, Nawroz Mangal, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq and speedsters Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Dawlat Zadran. The squad shows great confidence in this format of the game and they are looking confident to make it to the top of the group after doing so well to reach this stage.
The stage is set for both teams to outshine each other and announce their arrival to the world stage; Hong Kong has shown the hunger to make it big here whereas Nepal seems to have a long way to go before it learns how to dominate in this format of the game. While the contest could swing in either team’s favor, Hong Kong is better placed to emerge victorious against Nepal.
Hong Kong, 1.53 @ Titan Bet