Hong Kong will be hopeful of carrying on their positive run in the CWC Challenge League Group B as they are yet to be defeated with two wins against Bermuda and Jersey followed a ‘no result’ against Italy in the most recent game. Meanwhile, Kenya registered their first win in the campaign by beating Jersey in the last match with seven wickets to spare. The match against Bermuda was abandoned, while Kenya’s two defeats came at the hands of Uganda and Italy.
Date- Thursday, December 12 | Time- 11:00 AM (IST) | Venue- Al Amerat Cricket Ground
Nizakar Khan and Gowawara will be expected to open the innings, while Shahid Wasif and KD Shah could come in at numbers three and four. KD Shah, Waqas Barkat and Haroon Arshad will be expected to handle the middle order. The skipper, Aizaz Khan, Aftab Hussain, KD Shah and Waqas Barkat should be in charge of the bowling department.
The captain, Irfan Karim and Naman Patel are likely to lead the batting lineup. Rushab Patel fell just a run short of his hundred against Jersey and should be persisted with at number three. However, Rakep Patel did score a ton while coming in the middle order and he should be accompanied by DM Gondaria to take responsibility for the middle order. Obuya and Bhudia could come in handy for the late onslaught. Onyango, Oluoch, Ngoche and Bhudia could lead the bowling attack alongside Oluoch and Odhiambo contributing in the middle overs.
Hong Kong- Nizakat Khan, A Gorawara, Shahid Wasif, KD Shah, Waqas Barkat, Haroon Arshad, Aizaz Khan (C), A Bhagwat (wk), E Khan, Aftab Hussain, Raunaq Kapur
Kenya- I Karim (C), N Patel, R Patel, D Gondaria, R Patel, C Obuya, S Bhudia, L Onyango, N Odhiambo, L Oluoch, S Ngoche
KD Shah scored a scintillating 116 against Bermuda and can definitely pack a punch up the order for Hong Kong.
Waqas Barkat can also prove to be a good all-round prospect from Hong Kong’s perspective.
Rakep and Rusap Patel scored brilliant individual knocks in the previous game against Jersey and would be thriving in confidence to score a lot more runs for Kenya.
Wicker-Keeper- I Karim
Batsmen- W Barkat, D Gondaria, Rusabh Patel, Rakep Patel
All-Rounders- K Shah, Aizaz-Khan
Bowlders- A Hussain, E Khan, R Kapur, N Odhiambo
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