Mission Road Ground – Mong Kok, Hong Kong S.A.R.
City Kaitak defeated Hung Hom by five wickets when the two teams faced-off last season.
City Kaitak will be the more confident side as they finished runners-up last year.
Hung Hom have a slightly better bowling attack with the likes of Sammy, Botha and Laughlin.
The opening fixture of the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz 2018 will see City Kaitak take on Hung Hom JD Jaguars. The match is scheduled to be played on February 6 at the Mission Road Ground in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Live action will begin at 2 PM local time.
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Read on for team analysis, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for City Kaitak vs Hung Hom JD Jaguars, Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2018….
The runners-up of the previous season have returned with a strong squad this time as well. Their batting line-up looks good with the likes of Kyle Coetzer who finished as the tournaments second-highest run-getter last year and Anshuman Rath who scored 171 runs. They also have a world-class all-rounder in Ravi Bopara who can provide crucial contributions with both bat and ball. Bowling too seems sharp with Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree spearheading the attack.
Rayad Emrit(c), Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Jamie Atkinson, Samuel Badree, Ravi Bopara, Kyle Coetzer, Ishtiaq Muhammad, Manjinder Singh, Mudassar Hussain, Raag Kapur, Sohail Tanvir, Waqas Barkat, Kalhan Challu, Muhammad Umar, Siegfried Wai
Their batting is going to depend mainly on Nizakat Khan who smashed 120 runs off just 62 balls when the Jaguars faced the Kaitak in last years tournament. The addition of Englands hard-hitter Rikki Wessels will also add significant strength to the teams batting. Darren Sammy, Johan Botha and Ben Laughlin are the major weapons in this bowling attack. Laughlin, who took the most wickets for Adelaide Strikers in the recently concluded Big Bash League, could trouble the opposition with his pace.
Adil Mehmood, Kyle Christie, Aarush Bhagwat, Johan Botha, Ben Laughlin, Scott McKechnie, Nadeem Ahmed, Nasrulla Rana, Darren Sammy, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Roelof van der Merwe, Riki Wessels, Damien Yee
City Kaitak begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win the opening game of the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz 2018 at odds of 1.72 on Bet365 and 1.73 each on Betfair and Unibet. Hung Hom JD Jaguars on the other hand are the bookmakers underdogs for this match and are priced at 2.04 on Betfair and 2.10 each on Bet365 and Unibet.
Both teams have some excellent overseas recruits in their side and both will look to kick-off their campaign on a winning note. City Kaitak however seem to have an upper hand as they got the better of the Jaguars when these two teams met in the previous edition of the tournament – a high-scoring affair with the former prevailing in the end. Also, having reached the finals last time will give City Kaitak a lot of confidence going into this game and so we predict them to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back City Kaitak to beat Hung Hom JD Jaguars at 1.72 onBet365and 1.73 each onBetfairandUnibet.