India vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup Highlights: India Beat Hong Kong By 26 Runs
Highlights, Asia Cup 2018, India vs Hong Kong ODI Match: India defeated Hong Kong by 26 runs in Group A clash.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan notched up his 14th One-Day International (ODI) century as India defeated minnows Hong Kong by 26 runs in the Group A clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Chasing a challenging target of 286 runs, Hong Kong got off to a brilliant start with their openers Nizakat Khan (92) and skipper Anshuman Rath (72) scoring impressive half-centuries to put India on the back foot. The duo stitched an opening stand of 174 runs -- which also became the highest first-wicket stand recorded by the associate nation in the ODI cricket. However, after the fall of their wicket, Afghanistan's middle and lower order fell in quick succession without troubling the scoreboard much. For India, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant pacer Khaleel Ahmed scalped three wickets each. Earlier, Dhawan's century helped India post 285/7. Dhawan played a cautious knock on top of the order, scoring 127 runs from 120 deliveries. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries and two hits over the fence. Ambati Rayudu (60) also played a crucial knock to help India post a dominating total, after being asked to bat first by Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav (28 not out) remained unbeaten throughout the innings, helping India score crucial runs in the death overs. For Hong Kong, Kinchit Shah was the pick of the bowlers, scalping three wickets. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Highlights Between India vs Hong Kong, 2018 Asia Cup 4th ODI straight from Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
01:05 IST: We leave you with all the highlights from the Group A match between India and Hong Kong. Thank you, for joining us on the live action. Until next time, it's goodbye!
01:03 IST: End of the innings - Hong Kong 259/8 in 50 overs. India defeat Hong Kong by 26 runs in the Group A clash.
India win, but not before they were given an almighty fright by Hong Kong, who lost by just 26 runs. What a performance from them!#INDvHK LIVE https://t.co/E9VsZbcD4e #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/8H6FftjjDi— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2018
00:59 IST: WICKET! Debutant Khaleel Ahmed finds his third scalp, slower delivery from him. Ehsan Khan tries to play it over the top. He has been caught and bowled by Khaleel as Hong Kong lose their eighth for 256 runs.
00:50 IST: SIX! Tossed up delivery from Kuldeep Yadav, Tanwir Afzal hits it straight down the ground for a maximum. Hong Kong need 40 runs from the final three overs.
00:48 IST: STUMPED! Scott McKechnie comes down the track, fails to pick up Kuldeep Yadav's googly. He departs for 7. Hing Kong 240/7.
00:45 IST: Five runs from the over by Khaleel Ahmed. He has been economical on his international debut.
00:38 IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal traps Aizaz Khan in front of the stumps. He departs for a duck. Hong Kong need 58 runs off 32 balls to win.
00:36 IST: WICKET! Top-edge from Kinchit Shah, he was trying to hit the delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal over the top but mistimes it completely to find Shikhar Dhawan at backward point. Hong Kong five down for 227 runs now.
00:34 IST: Expensive over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He leaks seven runs from the over. Hong Kong 227/4 after 44 overs. Hong Kong has scored 59 off the last 6 overs.
00:25 IST: SIX! Kinchit Shah slams Yuzvendra Chahal over mid-wicket for a maximum. Chahal gave a bit of width to the left-hander and he makes the most of it.
00:21 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been brought into the attack. He will bowl the death overs for India.
00:18 IST: Hong Kong reach the 200-run mark in 40.3 overs, it has been a valiant effort from the associate nation.
00:16 IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal strikes, Babar Hayat tries to whack Chahal over the top gets a snick and the ball ends into the gloves of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hong Kong 199/4 after 40.2 overs.
00:13 IST: SIX! Babar Hayat smashes Khaleel Ahmed's delivery over long-off, Shikhar Dhawan attempts to get a hand on it. But fails get one. Not the way Khaleel would wanted to end his over. Hong Kong 198/3 after 40 overs.
00:08 IST: WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed strikes, cross seam delivery finds the edge of Christopher Carter's bat. He departs for 3. Hong Kong 191/3 after 39.1 overs. Kinchit Shah is the new batsman in.
00:04 IST: SIX! Babar Hayat steps up to hit Kuldeep Yadav's googly, over the sightscreen.
00:00 IST: Boundary! Babar Hayat comes down the ground, hits Khaleel Ahmed's full length delivery through the covers for a boundary. Six runs from that over. Hong Kong 183/2 after 38 overs.
23:52 IST: WICKET! Original decision has been given out. But Hong Kong reviews it. Ball tracker shows the ball pitched in line, impact in line and wickets hitting. Khaleel Ahmed has trapped the dangerous Nizakat Khan in front of the stumps. Nizakat departs for a brilliant 92. Hong Kong 175/2. Christopher Carter is the new batsman in.
23:45 IST: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav finds the breakthrough, Anshuman Rath departs for a well made 73. He tried to chip over, but finds Rohit Sharma at short-cover. Hong Kong 174/1. Babar Hayat is the new batsman in.
23:42 IST: Boundary! Nizakat Khan punches Khaleel Ahmed's widish delivery through the square leg to find the fence. Seven runs from that over. Hing Kong 174/0 after 34 overs.
23:34 IST: Drinks break! Hong Kong 167/0 after 33 overs. India need to re-group and find a way to get a breakthrough here otherwise the match is slipping away from their hands. Hong Kong need 119 runs to win with 10 wickets in hand.
11:30 IST: SIX! Kedar Jadhav has been smashed over deep mid-wicket by Anshuman Rath for a maximum. Another expensive over for India. Hong Kong 164/0 after 32 overs.
23:26 IST: Four more! Anshuman Rath tucks the ball drifting to his pads towards fine leg to find the fence. Shardul Thakur has leaked 13 runs in that over. Hong Kong 157/0 after 31 overs.
23:24 IST: 150 runs up for Hong Kong in 30.3 overs! Nizakat Khan gets an outside edge from Shardul Thakur's delivery and the ball will travel all the way to the fence.
23:19 IST: Hong Kong has not found the boundary in the last 60 balls. Will that create pressure on their openers to play an unusual shot? Hong Kong 144/0 after 33 overs. Hong Kong need 142 runs to win at the required run rate of 07.01.
23:15 IST: Half-century for Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath! Comes in 75 deliveries, his seventh ODI 50, and what an occasion to bring it. India have been clearly put under pressure.
23:13 IST: Bowling change for India. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been brought back into the attack. A breakthrough is what India require here desperately.
23:10 IST: Two runs from that tidy over by Kuldeep Yadav. Hong Kong 133/0 after 27 overs. Hong Kong need 153 runs to win at a required run rate of 6.70.
23:00 IST: Double! Inside-out shot from Nizakat Khan, picks up two runs over deep extra cover. The delivery from Kuldeep Yadav was tossed up.
22:54 IST: Tidy over from Kuldeep Yadav only three from it but India still can't a wicket! Hong Kong 121/0 after 23 overs.
22:51 IST: Four runs from Kedar Jadhav's over. Hong Kong cruising at 119/0 after 22 overs.
22:42 IST: Boundary! Full length delivery from Kedar Jadhav, Nizakat Khan dances down the ground to hit that ball straight over the umpire's head to find the fence. Hong Kong 110/0 after 20 overs.
22:35 IST: Boundary! Inside-out shot from extra-cover region by Nizakat Khan finds the fence through a flighted delivery from Kuldeep Yadav. Nizakat used his feet well to hit the shot. Hong Kong 101/0 after 18 overs.
22:32 IST: Just one single from Yuzvendra Chahal's over after drinks break. Hong Kong 92/0 after 17 overs.
22:27 IST: Huge lbw appeal! Original decision is not out. Review taken, full-length delivery by Kuldeep Yadav trapped Nizakat Khan is front of the stumps. India lose the review, the hawk-eye shows the ball clearly pitched outside the line. Hong Kong 91/0 after 16 overs. Drinks break taken.
22:24 IST: RECORD STAND FOR HONG KONG: The unbeaten 89 runs first-wicket partnership between Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan is the highest for Hong Kong in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
22:20 IST: Boundary! Full toss delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal, Anshuman Rath read it early, comes down the track to smash him over the mid-wicket for a boundary!
22:19 IST: Three runs from the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Hong Kong 83 for no loss after 14 overs.
22:15 IST: Tidy over from Yuzvendra Chahal. But India need a breakthrough badly here. Hong Kong 80/0 after 13 overs. Bowling change for India, Kuldeep Yadav has been brought into attack.
22:09 IST: Free-hit again! Third one of the over by Shardul Thakur. SIX! And Nizakat Khan brings up his half-century in 45 deliveries. What an innings from the opener, he has opened the charge against India.
Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath have Hong Kong's first 50+ opening stand against a full member nation. After 10 overs India were 56/1, Hong Kong are 56/0.— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2018
This could get interesting!#INDvHK LIVE https://t.co/E9VsZbcD4e#AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/cur15KzcP6
22:05 IST: Big no ball from Shardul Thakur! Free-hit given. Nizakat Khan slices the ball towards third man, who was called inside the circle for a boundary!
22:04 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal goes for four singles in his first over. Hong Kong 60/0 after 11 overs.
22:01 IST: Spin introduced by India. Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl the 11th over. Can he get the breakthrough?
21:59 IST: End of first powerplay, Hong Kong are off to a decent start, 56 for no loss after 10 overs.
21:55 IST: NOT OUT! Anshuman Rath dived at full stretch at the strikers end to complete the second run. MS Dhoni did well to gather the ball and dislodge the bails from the throw by Khaleel Ahmed from fine leg but Rath was in, well in time.
21:54 IST: Boundary! Short delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, well anticipated by Nizakat Khan, makes room for himself and hits the ball over square for a boundary! Nine runs from that over, Hong Kong 47/0 after 9 overs.
21:49 IST: Good start for Shardul Thakur, only one run from his first over. Hong Kong 37/0 after 8 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to continue from the other end, into his fifth over.
21:45 IST: Bowling change for India, Shardul Thakur replaces Khaleel Ahmed. Khaleel Ahmed bowled three overs in his first spell.
21:43 IST: Boundary! Poor length from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was going down the leg for Nizakat Khan as he nudges it towards cover-point to find the fence. Hong Kong 35 for no loss after 7 overs.
21:39 IST: Boundary! Anshuman Rath drives it towards the sweeper cover to find the boundary off Khaleel Ahmed's final ball of the sixth over, which was pitched up full. Hong Kong 26/0 after 6 overs.
21:30 IST: Boundary! Nizakat Khan punches Khaleel Ahmed's delivery outside off stump through the square leg for a boundary. Khaleel Ahmed goes for eight runs in his second over. Hong Kong 17/0 after 4 overs.
21:24 IST: Debutant Khaleel Ahmed goes for one run in his first over. Tidy start from him. Hong Kong 6/0 after 2 overs.
21:20 IST: BOUNDARY! Edged by Nazakat Khan and the ball will travel all the way, wide off the first slip to the fence. Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes for five runs in the first over. Hong Kong 5/0 after 1 over.
21:15 IST: Hong Kong opener Nizakat Khan takes guard in front of the wickets, he will be up against India's new ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Anshuman Rath is on the non-strikers end for Hong Kong.
20:45 IST: End of innings, India 285/7 after 50 overs.
20:42 IST: WICKET! Shardul Thakur departs for a duck, tries to hit the ball from Aizaz Khan over long-off, just to find Christopher Carter in the deep.
20:36 IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar tries to hit Kinchit Shah over the top of mid-on but hands an easy catch to Anshuman Rath. Kinchit Shah scalps his third, India 277/6 after 48.4 overs. Shardul Thakur is the new batsman in.
20:33 IST: In the air! Falls safely, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the top edge from Aizaz Khan's delivery but the ball fell short of the man at short fine leg. Brilliant over, only four runs from it. India 275/5 after 48 overs.
20:26 IST: SIX! Kedar Jadhav comes down the track and chips Ehsan Nawaz over the side screen. Twelve runs from that over, India IND 268/5 after 46 overs.
20:21 IST: DROPPED! Tough caught and bowled chance for Kinchit Shah as Kedar Jadhav hits the bowl hard down the ground. Kinchit does well to get both the hands but fails to take the catch. Three runs from that over, India 256/5 after 45 overs.
20:13 IST: WICKET! Dinesh Karthik tries to slog sweep Kinchit Shah, Hayat makes a brilliant diving effort to complete the catch. Dinesh Karthik departs for 33. Last three overs, Hong Kong has succeeded in picking up three wickets. India 251/5 after 43 overs.
20:08 IST: WICKET! Ehsan Khan traps the big fish! MS Dhoni departs for duck after edging the ball, which falls straight into the glove of Scott McKechnie. Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in.
20:02 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan falls for 127 to Kinchit Shah, tried to play a slog sweep, over mid-wicket. He took an top-edge from the delivery outside off and his well built innings comes to an end. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new batsman in.
19:52 IST: Boundary! Shikhar Dhawan is on a roll here. Steps down the ground, uses his feet to hit Kinchit Shah over the mid-wicket for a boundary!
19:48 IST: SIX! Shikhar Dhawan slog sweeps Ehsan Khan over mid-wicket for a maximum. He has got the license to go on an all-out attack now.
19:43 IST: 14th ODI century for Shikhar Dhawan! The southpaw takes a single from Ehsan Khan's delivery to achieve the feat. The entire India cricket team is at its feet and applauding from the dressing room! What a terrific innings from Dhawan, laced with 13 boundaries.
19:42 IST: Boundary! Good stretch of the front leg from Dinesh Karthik, he punches the ball through the covers to find the fence from Ehsan Khan's overpitched delivery.
19:37 IST: No ball! Big one from Ehsan Nawaz. Free-hit given, but Ambati Rayudu barely manages to hit it over the umpires head. Missed opportunity! India 185/2 after 34 overs.
19:34 IST: Boundary! Shikhar Dhawan pulls Ehsan Nawaz's bouncer towards the fine leg to find the fence. Dhawan moves to 94 runs with that shot. Nawaz's delivery on the other side was poor, lacked pace and direction.
19:28 IST: Boundary! Excellent placement from Shikhar Dhawan, punches it through the covers to find the fence. Two boundaries and two singles from that over, India 176/2 after 32 overs.
19:26 IST: Boundary! Poor bouncer from Ehsan Nawaz, was going down the leg side, Shikhar Dhawan pulls it towards fine leg to find the fence.
19:11 IST: WICKET! Soft dismissal, Ambati Rayudu was trying to play an upper cut from the short delivery by Ehsan Nawaz, the wicket-keeper Scott McKechnie does well to take the catch. Ultraedge shows the ball took the gloves of Ambati Rayudu. India lose their second wicket for 161 runs in 29.2 overs. Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman in.
19:04 IST: Half-century for Ambati Rayudu! Brilliant comeback innings for him, scores his seventh ODI half-century in 63 balls. What a way to bring it! Rayudu cuts Aizaz Khan and the ball will find the fence towards fine leg. India 152/1 after 28 overs.
18:57 IST: Boundary! Short-pitched delivery from Aizaz Khan, Ambati Rayudu drives it towards square leg to find the fence! Inda 142/1 after 26 overs. Nadeem Ahmed to bowl his eighth over from the other end.
18:52 IST: Huge lbw appeal! Nadeem Ahmed's delivery to Ambati Rayudu was drifting down the leg side. Umpire quickly nods his head to signal not-out. We are half way through, India 135/1 after 25 overs.
18:47 IST: Three singles from that over by Aizaz Khan. India 131/1 after 24 overs.
18:46 IST: Aizaz Khan has been brought back into the attack by Hong Kong. He had 13 runs from his first spell of three overs.
18:37 IST: Boundary! Lofted shot from Shikhar Dhawan, great placement. Dhawan kept his shape well to slam Tanwir Afzal's good length delivery to the fence. Nadeem Ahmed to bowl from the other end.
18:35 IST: Bowling change for Hong Kong, just the one over from Nizakat Khan, he went for 15 runs. Tanwir Afzal to bowl his fourth over.
18:30 IST: Boundary! Shikhar Dhawan pulls Nizakat Khan's tossed up delivery towards mid-wicket to find the fence. India 109/1 after 20 overs.
18:28 IST: Half-century for Shikhar Dhawan! His 26th in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He plays spinner Nizakat Khan towards the cover to pick up a couple and get to his 50. It has been a cautious innings for the southpaw, so far!
18:25 IST: Hong Kong have tightened the scoring rate for India! Skipper Anshuman Rath has used both his spinners well since Rohit Sharma's dismissal. Positively for Hong Kong, the spin twins have not leaked too many runs. For India, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu are looking to re-built the innings. India 94/1 after 19 overs.
18:18 IST: Excellent over after the drinks break from Hong Kong! Just one run leaked by Nadeem Ahmed, India 85/1 after 17 overs.
18:12 IST: Boundary! Shikhar Dhawan plays the shot on his back foot, hits the ball towards the third man to find the fence. Poor bowling that from Ehsan Khan, gets it's treatment. India 84/1 after 16 overs. Drinks break has been taken!
18:03 IST: Another tidy over for Hong Kong, their spinners are doing good bit of work here. India 74/1 after 14 overs.
18:00 IST: Hong Kong getting through their overs very quickly! Two runs from that over by Nadeem Ahmed. India 70/1 after 13 overs. Ehsan Khan to bowl from the other end. So, spin from both the ends have been enforced by Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath.
17:58 IST: One spinner replaces the other for Hong Kong! Nadeem Ahmed to bowl the 13th over.
17:56 IST: Dot ball from Ehsan Khan to finish the over. Four runs from it. India 68/1 after 12 overs.
17:51 IST: WHAT A SHOT! Shikhar Dhawan pulls the short-pitched delivery from Aizaz Khan through the mid-wicket and the ball travels to the fence like a bullet. India 64/1 after 11 overs.
17:47 IST: Boundary and India cross the 50-run mark in 9.2 overs! Brilliant placement again from Shikhar Dhawan, cuts the short pitched delivery from Ehsan Khan to find the fence. Eight runs from the over, India 56/1 after 10 overs.
17:43 IST: Dot ball to Ambati Rayudu from Aizaz Khan to finish the over. India 48/1 after 9 overs.
17:36 IST: WICKET! Leading edge from Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper was trying to play a lofted shot over the long on, did not time it to perfection and pays his price. Ehsan Khan strikes for Hong Kong! India 45/1 after 7.4 overs. Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman in for India.
17:34 IST: Spin from the other end for Hong Kong! Ehsan Khan to bowl the eighth over.
17:32 IST: Tidy over from Aizaz Khan! Only two runs from it. India 44/0 after 7 overs.
17:29 IST: First bowling change from Hong Kong. Right-arm medium pacer Aizaz Khan has been introduced to the bowling attack. He will bowl the seventh over.
17:27 IST: Boundary! Excellent placement from Shikhar Dhawan, well-balanced shot and he punishes the Ehsan Nawaz through the covers to pick up four runs. India are off to a flyer, 42/0 after 6 overs.
17:23 IST: BOUNDARY! Back-to-back, the ball from Tanwir Afzal was swinging in to Rohit Sharma and hits a lofted shot over the mid-on to find the fence. 13 runs from that over. India 34/0 after 5 overs.
17:19 IST: BOUNDARY! Rohit Sharma drives the good length delivery from Ehsan Nawaz though short mid-wicket to find the fence. Exactly what India were looking for to end the over with. India 21/0 after 4 overs.
17:17 IST: Ehsan Nawaz has bowled four dot balls to Rohit Sharma. He has not allow Rohit much room so far.
17:14 IST: Decent over for Hong Kong, just one boundary from the over by Tanwir Afzal. India 17/1 after 3 overs.
17:11 IST: Boundary! Elegant looking drive from Shikhar Dhawan, through the covers, fielders can only watch the ball go. Not much pace on the ball from Tanwir Afzal.
17:09 IST: Good length delivery from Ehsan Nawaz, Rohit tucks it away towards the square leg to pick up a double. India 13/0 after 2 overs.
17:05 IST: Boundary! Cover drive from Rohit Sharma, not a bad delivery at all from Tanwir Afzal that, but Rohit drives it through the cover region to find the first boundary for India of their innings. India 7/0 after 1 over.
17:01 IST: Off the mark, straight away! Rohit Sharma takes a quick single from the very first ball of the innings, Tanwir Afzal bowled a good length delivery there.
17:00 IST: It's a hot, sunny day in Dubai. India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the centre. Rohit Sharma will take guard against Hong Kong's new ball bowler Tanwir Afzal.
16:58 IST: Match officials and the teams are out in the centre for the national anthem. Team India and Hong Kong players have greeted each other with a warm handshake. We are minutes away from the first ball.
16:45 IST: India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
India skipper Rohit Sharma has handed the cap to pacer Khaleel Ahmed.
Hong Kong (Playing XI): Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath (c), Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed
16:30 IST: Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath wins the toss, elects to bowl against India.
16:05 IST: Virat Kohli has sent out his wishes to Team India as they begin their title defence at the Asia Cup 2018 against Hong Kong in the Group A clash.
16:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Group A match between India and Hong Kong.
Hong Kong lost their opener against Pakistan by eight wickets in a thoroughly one-sided showdown where they could manage only 116 runs. Unless a miracle happens, there won't be a remarkable improvement in their performance against an Indian team that boasts of the likes of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav in batting along with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the bowling. For the past few years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's waning batting skills have repeatedly come under scanner and this tournament will give everyone a fair idea of his ideal position.
Whether it would need up being No.5, 6 or 7 will be the big contention going into the Pakistan game. If Dhoni comes in at No.7, he will have to face a skilful Mohammed Aamir at the death along with a skiddy Usman Khan and talented Hasan Ali. Possibly Kedar Jadhav or Manish Pandey at No.5 and Hardik Pandya with his big hitting abilities at No.7 could prove to be an ideal foil for the former India captain if he decides to come at No 6. The middle-order that has been an issue for India for quite some time now and need to be sorted going into the World Cup next year.