We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Kuwait vs Hong Kong
1st innings average score: 151
2nd innings average score: 133
Type: Good for batting.
Time: August 23, 7:30 PM IST
Probable XI for Kuwait & Hong Kong
Probable XI for Kuwait: Meet Bhavsar, Ravija Sandaruwan, Adnan Idrees, Usman Patel (wk), Bilal Tahir, Mohammed Aslam (c), Shiraz Khan, Edson Silva, Yasin Patel, Sayed Monib, Mohamed Shafeeq
Probable XI for Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ateeq Iqbal
Smart Fantasy Picks
Ehsan Khan won the Player of the Match award for his figures of 3 for 20: bonus fantasy points for both a three-wicket haul and an economy of under 6 RPO. It was his second three-for in the last five T20Is.
He is handy with the ball and devastating with the bat. Had it not been for Edson Silva’s 25 off 14, Kuwait would not have registered a one-run win over the UAE. In 10 T20Is, he has blasted 163 runs at a strike rate of 209 and taken six wickets.
Kinchit Shah’s 34 off 32 may not sound impressive, but it kept Hong Kong in the hunt during their win against Singapore. In 2022, he has three thirties in six T20Is.
Usman Patel either goes big or walks back early. He has scored three fifties (58, 50, and 75*) and five single-digit scores in his last 10 T20Is. In the same period, he has pouched five catches with the gloves.
Sayed Monib has gone wicketless only twice in his last 10 T20Is, managing a total of 13 wickets. He operates with both new and old ball.
Mohammad Ghazanfar’s leg-breaks were difficult to pick even on the flat track of Al Amerat. Both his wickets included the set batters: while one was clean-bowled, the other was a stumping.
Shiraz Khan always has something to offer to fantasy players. He couples his boundary-hitting with quick running between the wickets. With the ball, his googlies tend to break partnerships at crucial phases.
Fantasy Power Picks
Meet Bhavsar’s last three T20I innings read 51, 71, and 27. His recent form has been so spectacular that he has scores of 25 and above in eight of the last ten white-ball games.
Before the duck against Singapore, Nizakat Khan had two fifties (60 and 81) in the last five T20Is. With 889 runs in 49 T20Is, he is the highest run-getter for Hong Kong.
In 2022, Ravija Sandaruwan has managed 201 runs at an average of 34 in six T20Is. He top-scored with 35 off 25 including a four and three sixes against the UAE on Sunday.
Babar Hayat is the only centurion for Hong Kong in the format. He, however, can be inconsistent due to his aggressive approach, although the pitch has all the elements for him to fire.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
While it has been a good pitch for batting, pacers have been amongst wickets at the death. Go for bowlers who operate well with both new and old ball.