It’s the fourth match of the 2022 Asia Cup and if you’d like some top India vs Hong Kong betting tips in this Group A match, you’re about to get them.
Our online cricket betting analysis of this match also includes the team’s recent form, the team news, the pitch report and everything else you need to know before the teams go to battle at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, August 31, with a start time of 7.30 pm IST.
So keep reading and you’ll be fully armed with all the necessary information.
The extent of the rivalry between the two isn’t quite as intense on the field as it is among fans but it’s still the game that India most want to win.
Yes, they got over the line mostly thanks to an excellent all-round performance from man of the match Hardik Pandya but there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played scratchy innings where they could never find their rhythm and never looked at ease; KL Rahul was out first ball, perhaps not that surprising given how little cricket he’s played over the past few months as a result of injury.
So it was left to Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to get them home with the bat, thanks to some aggressive hitting in the final few overs.
Earlier Pandya had also starred with the ball (3-25) though Bhuvi Kumar was the one who was their top bowler with four wickets (4-26).
Curiously, they left out Rishabh Pant in favour of Dinesh Karthik and preferred Sky Yadav to Deepak Hooda.
But given they won, they’re likely to stick with the same team here again.
Hong Kong are here courtesy of topping the Group in the 2022 Asia Cup qualifying tournament.
They beat each of Kuwait, the UAE and Singapore to have a perfect 100% record so thoroughly deserve to be here.
Interestingly, the UAE, who they beat by chasing 148, are ranked 12th in the ICC T20I rankings while they’re down in 23rd.
So it shows you what a good performance that was.
Pakistan-born Yasim Murtaza, who only recently became eligible to play for Hong Kong, was their star man with the bat, scoring 130 runs across those three games. He was the top scorer in the pre-qualifying tournament.
Veteran Ahsan Khan was their go-to man with the ball, his off-spin taking nine wickets in three games; he was the top bowler of the tournament.
They’ll be well aware that this match is surely the toughest any of them will ever have played.
But they’ll be extremely proud just to be here, a big achievement in itself.
Hong Kong’s Likely XI
N Khan, Murtaza, Hayat, Shah, A Khan, E Khan, Shukla, Ali, Ghazanfar, Arshad, McKechnie.
India vs Hong Kong Head-to-Head
There’s not much to speak of regarding the India vs Hong Kong head-to-head because they’ve never played each other in the T20 format.
They did however play against each other in the Asia Cup Back in 2008 in the ODI format with India posting 374 and bowling Hong Kong out for just 118.
Rohit Sharma is the only survivor from that match in terms of those who are likely to play in this one.
With just about everyone else scoring big runs around him, he was run out for just 11.
Venue & Conditions
We’re at Dubai again and what we’ve learned from the first two matches here is that batting is not easy at all.
Yes, it’s easier to score runs chasing because of the dew factor in the second half of the match but not that much easier.
Neither Sri Lanka nor Pakistan managed to get to 150 batting first (both lost) so you’d think that Hong Kong would probably do extremely well to get to 100 here, should they bat first.
So consider that when betting on the first innings runs line.
As for India, they’d probably be looking at around 180 if they bat first because their batting is strong and Hong Kong’s bowling shouldn’t be too challenging for them.
And if they get close to that 180, their margin of victory could be pretty big.