New Delhi: One thing is for sure, the match-up between Afghanistan and Hong Kong will not be regarded as a clash between the equals, despite their common 'Associate' tag.
Reasons are plain simple. Afghanistan is the big boys among the minnows, and they sure know how to intimidate the smaller teams. And thanks to their impressive win over Scotland in their opening qualifier, Asghar Stanikzai-led team will start as the obvious favourites today.
But Hong Kong will try to play valiant cricket, trying to shake off the also-rans moniker. They lost to Test outfit Zimbabwe by 14 runs, and will hope to do well against the fellow strugglers.
Date: March 10
Time: (7:030 pm IST)
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
Possible playing XIs:
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Asghar Stanikzai (c), Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza
Hong Kong: James Atkinson (wk), Ryan Campbell, Babar Hayat, Mark Chapman, Anshuman Rath, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanwir Afzal (c), Aizaz Khan, Haseeb Amjad/Waqas Barkat, Nadeem Ahmed
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