PESHAWAR: Pakistan will open their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong today (Sunday) at Dubai.

The match will begin at 4:30pm (PST). Pakistan will be overwhelming favourites going into the game given their recent good form. Cricket experts are expecting a one-sided contest between a former world champion and two-time Asia Cup winner against a team filled with semi-professionals forming a unit which is yet to be upgraded to ODI status.

Pakistan and Hong Kong have faced off in a One-Day International only twice – in 2004 and 2008 – so far with the Men in Green winning both encounters with huge margins.

Babar Azam, who is considered best batsman in the tournament as Virat Kohli is not playing, needs 27 more runs in today’s match to become the joint-second fastest to 2000 ODIs runs (45 innings).

Pakistan probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari.

Hong Kong Probable XI: Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath (c), Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed.