Asia Cup 2018: India Survive Late Scare Against Hong Kong
India revived late in the match, to stay away from a stunning vanquish by Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2018, as in the end they won by 26 runs in Dubai.
Hong Kong, who lost their one-day international status this year, were 174-0 off 34 overs, pursuing 286 to win.
The rurning point of the match was when Hong Kong’s captain, Anshy Rath (73) and Nizakat Khan (92) fell in quick succession, as India took 4 wickets for 25 runs.
Kinchit Shah and Aizaz Khan kept their side in the match, however after both of them lost their wicket in the 45th over, Hong Kong could just achieve 259-8 in 50 overs.
Previoulsy, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan had hit 127 off 120 balls, with Ambati Rayudu making 60 from 70 balls.
They couldn’t, could they?
At the moment, Hong Kong are cruising, having progressed to 133/0 from 27 overs. Nizakat Khan is 77*, Anshy Rath is 47*, and they need 153 more from 27 overs to cause a huge upset over India.#INDvHK LIVE ➡️ https://t.co/E9VsZbcD4e#AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/j2RCHkO7kf
— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2018
However, Hong Kong yielded just 48 runs from the last 10 overs, additionally taking 5 wickets to restrict the world number 2 ODI side to 285-7.
A debilitated Indian fast bowling attack battled for extensive stretches, after which debutante left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets each to smother Hong Kong’s pursuit.
Annihilation implies qualifiers Hong Kong are disposed of from the Asia Cup, while India confront Pakistan at a similar setting on Wednesday to decide the champion of Group A.
This was supposed to be like a practice game, a stroll in the park. Hong Kong are 115/0 in 21 overs chasing 286. Surely they don’t have the temperament to pull this off. India will still be strong favourites 2 win but it’s embarrassing to see what’s happening. #INDvsHK
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) September 18, 2018
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