06 Feb 2018

Day two preview: City Kaitak v HKI United


By Jonathan Stott

Match 2 – City Kaitak v Hong Kong Island United

Wednesday 7th February, 10am

Overview

Kaitak will be looking to bounce back quickly from their opening day defeat to JD Jaguars, whilst HKI will be hoping to get off to a winning start as they welcome a new quintet of overseas stars for 2018.

Kaitak got off to a difficult start on Tuesday, losing three wickets in their opening powerplay including both openers and England allrounder Ravi Bopara.  From thereon it was always going to be a struggle, and when Ben Laughlin bowled the well-set Aizat Khan in the 17th over it was always going to be tricky to post a competitive score.  In the end their total of 132/6 never looked enough and the Jaguars chased it down with more than two overs and six wickets in hand.  On Wednesday Kaitak will be hoping for an improved performance, including a return to form for openers Kyle Coetzer - second top scorer in last year’s tournament - and young Hong Kong starlet Anshy Rath.

As for HKI, with the big-hitting overseas additions of Kamran Akmal, David Weise, Luke Ronchi and Ryan ten Doeschate, they’ll be hoping to post some serious scores.  With over 800 T20 matches under their belts, and over 14,000 runs at a combined strike rate of around 140 they bring some serious strike power to the party.  The boundaries at Tin Kwong are not the longest in world cricket, so expect crowd-catching opportunities aplenty if any of them get going.  HKI’s 7-foot-tall Pakistani quick Mohammed Irfan will no doubt offer a stern test for opposition batsmen, aiming to get some pace and bounce out of a wicket that showed enough to keep him interested in the tournament’s opening contest.

It looks like an evenly balanced match-up and the only thing that looks certain is that the runs will be flowing!