“We almost had India, but Pakistan slips on banana leaves all the time.” – Asia Cup 2022

"We almost had India, but Pakistan slips on banana leaves all the time." - Asia Cup 2022

Hong Kong is up against Pakistan in their last group game at the Asia Cup 2022 after showing a spirited fight against India. Even though the Nizakat Khan-led team would like to prove they are no pushovers, odds are slightly stacked against them against an international side like Pakistan, which lost by five wickets to arch-rivals India.

Again, it will be up to Babar Azam’s side to try out a new set of bowlers like Hasan Ali, who haven’t played yet, or go with the tried and tested playing eleven.

Losing to Hong Kong could jeopardize their chances of making the Super Fours, so there will be no India vs Pakistan clash on Sunday.

“There is no doubt that Pakistan will play like an international team should. Cricket is a funny game, and Pakistan probably won’t lose to Hong Kong,” said Parthiv Patel on the Cricbuzz YouTube channel.

Against the minnows, Pakistan can do a lot of chop-and-change, according to former cricketer Ajay Jadeja.

In this tournament, cramps are hurting a lot of teams, so they can rest many fast bowlers. They might say, “You know, we don’t need our best side,” and give opportunities to players who haven’t been given the chance. “Hasan Ali was a star once..so maybe you know.” he said on Cricbuzz.

Accordingly, Pakistan can test their players tonight if they plan to play against India and Afghanistan.

Continuing, Jadeja asserted that Hong Kong hopes to show gumption against India in order to beat Pakistan.

We could not make India and Pakistan slip on the banana leaf very often. I am not certain if they had the quality to do it. They would like to show that their strong performance against India was not a fluke.

Then maybe something will go wrong when we lay that out.”