Who will win Hong Kong vs Canada, T20 WCQ 2019?
Canada can take charge of Group B of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier if they beat Hong Kong at the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi. The match takes place on October 24 and the live action is set to begin at 14:10 local time.
Canada go into the game on the back of three consecutive wins, seeing off Jersey, Nigeria and Ireland so far. Nitish Kumar has scored a half-century in each of those three victories, claiming the man of the match award in every game so far.
They now face a Hong Kong team who lost their first three matches but beat Jersey last time out to keep their hopes of a play-off place alive – albeit still very slim. They need to beat Canada to keep those hopes alive, however.
HK vs CAN, T20 WCQ 2019:Where to watch/Live streaming
Live streaming: ICC YouTube page
HK vs CAN Toss Prediction
Canada have won the toss in their last two games and happily elected to bat first. If they win the toss again, it seems unlikely they will sway from that tactic.
HK vs CAN Weather Report
The conditions in Abu Dhabi, after some overnight haze, will be clear, sunny and perfectly dry in the afternoon.
HK vs CAN Pitch Condition
Matches at the Tolerance Oval have seen plenty of wickets fall so far, though that is as much to do with the quality of the batting than the pitch. It is as balanced a wicket as the others in this tournament.
Hong Kong Team News & Playing 11
HK Team News
Aarush Bhagwat replaced Raag Kapur last time out as Hong Kong adjusted the balance of their team. The extra batsman did not make an impact – he scored one from five balls – but the victory against Jersey may mean they stick with that line-up.
HK Key Players
Nizakat Khan: Scored 31 against both Oman and UAE and then hit 48 at the top of the order to set the tone in the win against Jersey.
Kyle Christie: Wicketless last time out but his 2-24 – the only wickets Hong Kong took against UAE – showed what he is capable of with the ball. He has seven wickets in eight T20 internationals so far.
Kinchit Shah: The all-rounder started this tournament with 79 in the defeat to Ireland. He has since scored 56 more runs and taken three wickets in the subsequent three matches.
HK Team Form
Hong Kong lost their first three matches. First up, they failed to defend 153/5 as they lost by eight wickets against Ireland, before being bowled out for 102 by Oman and posting just 116/7 against the UAE on their way to heavy defeats.
They bounced back against Jersey, however. Nizakat Khan top-scored with 48 from 30 balls in a total of 144/7. In reply, Ehsan Khan took 2-18 from four overs as they restricted Jersey to 136/6.
Hong Kong Predicted Playing 11
- Nizakat Khan, Ahsan Abbasi, Aarush Bhagwat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan (c), Simandeep Singh, Waqas Barkat, Scott McKechnie (wk), Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie
Canada Team News & Playing 11
CAN Team News
Canada made changes to their line-up for the first time to face Ireland. Romesh Eranga bowled well and took two wickets, but Rizwan Cheema had minimal impact at the top of the order. Rodrigo Thomas will be pushing for a recall in place of the latter.
CAN Key Players
Nitish Kumar: Man of the match in all three wins so far. He hammered 83 from 36 balls in the first game and has followed that with two further half-centuries to send Canada to the top of the group.
Dillon Heyliger: Took six wickets in the first two matches and was tidy last time out, keeping the brakes on as Ireland’s chase faltered.
Navneet Dhaliwal: The Canada captain scored 69 last time out, following scored of 36 and 12 in the opening two games. He also took a wicket in each of the first two matches. It all continues the excellent form he was in during the ICC CWC Challenge League tournament.
CAN Team Form
Canada have now won three matches from three so far this season, with Nitish Kumar leading them to victory in all three games. That does play down the contributions of others – Dillon Heyliger taking three wickets in each of the first two games, and Jeremy Gordon doing likewise in the first match. Navneet Dhaliwal hammered 69 against Ireland, but it was Kumar’s third consecutive half-century that earned the man of the match award last time out.
Canada Predicted Playing 11
- Rizwan Cheema, Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Nitish Kumar, Nicholas Kirton, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (wk), Dillon Heyliger, Romesh Eranga, Saad bin Zafar, Nikhil Dutta, Jeremy Gordon