PITCH AND CONDITIONS
It looks to be sunny everywhere in Muscat with a bit of wind likely to break, otherwise a hot, clear day in Oman. There will be no rain.
Muscat’s Al-Emarat Stadium has produced some even contests so far, suggesting a good balance between bat and ball.
- Hong Kong has started its series with losing a game when they posted just 86/9 on their way to a heavy defeat to hosts Oman.
- It was their first T20 international since the Desert T20 Challenge in Dubai in January 2017.
- Mohammad Ghazanfar and Raag Kapur both made their T20 international debuts last time out, after Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshed, Aarush Bhagwat, Kyle Christie, Scott McKechnie, and Nasrulla Rana did likewise in the opening game.
- With Babar Hayat and Anshuman Rath leading the list of players to have turned their backs on the national team, Hong Kong has a very depleted squad to choose from.
- Despite having a depleted squad Hong Kong has shown a big improvement with the bat when they then faced Nepal in their second game of this series.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF HONG KONG
Ahsan Abassi, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah (c), Shahid Wasif, Waqas Barkat, Ehsan Khan, Aarush Bhagwat (wk), Raag Kapur, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Kyle Christie, Nasrulla Rana
- Being the Tri-National Series-winning team at their home soil Ireland is going with the same intent in the Pentangular series.
- Ireland has won by 6 wickets in the matches against the Netherlands but lost against hosts by 7 wickets.
- A batting collapse after Kevin O’Brien’s bright start saw them slip to 130 all out against hosts Oman, however – suffering a 43-run defeat as a result.
- Stuart Thompson replaced Boyd Rankin last time out, but both men could feature together this time.
- Craig Young making way, particularly as he was expensive with the ball against Oman.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF IRELAND
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Gary Wilson (c, wk), Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin
OUR FANTASY LEAGUE PICKS FOR HONG KONG VS IRELAND 6TH T20 IN OMAN T20I SERIES 2019 | 2019 OMAN PENTANGULAR SERIES ARE MENTIONED BELOW:
- Andy Balbirnie
- Kevin O’Brien (VC)
- Paul Stirling
- Harry Tector
- Nizakat Khan
- Mark Adair (C)
- Waqas Barkat
- Gary Wilson
- Stuart Thompson
- Ehsan Khan
- Kyle Christie
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*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.*