Both Afghanistan and Hong Kong came in to the World T20 thinking they could cause big upsets and draw all eyes toward them. Unfortunately for them, that was not to be - at least not yet. Both teams lost their opening matches and have a lot to prove in terms of quality. Although a chance of reaching the Super 10 stil exists for both teams, the chances are rather bleak.
Afghanistan made an electric entry to world cricket wanting to beat top teams and easily getting past associate teams. The only full member they have beaten so far is Bangladesh in the Asia Cup [in the 50-over format], but, there was a sweet revenge for Bangladesh on Sunday when the two teams faced each other in the series opener. Afghanistan were left clueless by the Bangladesh slow bowlers, who were determined to avenge their monumental loss in the Asia Cup.
"Yesterday [Sunday] was a bad day for the Afghanistan cricket team. Bangladesh asserted their home advantages quite brilliantly and they were the better team," Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said on Monday. "We are working since the Asia Cup to prove ourselves on the biggest stage, unfortunately we couldn't repeat our performance last night.But our aim is to prove our supremacy among the Associates and Affiliate members and we would like a much better performance in the upcoming games."
Hong Kong, on the other hand, will look to turn luck in their favour on the same ground they faced Nepal and lost by a big margin. They'll need to build partnerships higher up the batting order and expect the spinners to do the trick for them with the ball. Afghanistan were unable to read spin in the first game and were bowled out for 72 by Bangladesh, while Hong Kong too proved not-so-good putting up only 69 in their opening match against Nepal. Both teams will first need to see through the 20 overs and take it from there, hopefull with a victory on Tuesday.
Where to Watch Live:
World T20 2014: Afghanistan vs Hong Kong Live TV and Streaming Information (Match starts 3.30 pm local time, 3 pm IST, 9.30 am GMT)
|India||Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD2|
|US and Latin America||ESPN|
|UK and Ireland||Sky Sports|
|Middle East and North Africa||OSN Sport Cricket|
|Sub Saharan Africa & South Africa||SuperSport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Pakistan||PTV and Ten Sports|
|Bangladesh||Bangladesh TV, Maasranga TV and Gazi TV|
|South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa||HERE|
|Pakistan||HERE or HERE|