Asia Cup 2018: Hong Kong Wins Many Hearts In Their 26-Runs Loss To India

| September 19 , 2018 , 12:25 IST

India vs Hong Kong Asia cup 2018 fixture ended up in a dramatic fashion as the Men in Blue registered an unimpressive 26-run win over minnows Hong Kong at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing a stiff target of 286 runs, unheralded Hong Kong rode on high with contributions from Nizakat Khan (92) and skipper Anshuman Rath (73) added a record 174-run partnership to count a total score of 259/8 on full quota of 50 overs.

The duo frustrated the Indian bowlers for a rather lengthy period on their way to an opening partnership of 174 runs in 34 overs.

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Kuldeep Yadav finally broke the partnership with a flighted delivery when Rath tried to go for a big shot only to see India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma pull off a fine diving effort.

Khan departed in the next over after being trapped leg before by debutant pacer Khaleel Ahmad.

Soon after the departure of two openers the required run rate climb steadily though the rest of the Hong Kong team did well to bat out the remaining overs, but did not have the ability nor perhaps the experience to go for the win.

Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan (127) smashed a century to set perfect platform but some poor batting from the middle-order saw India post a total of 285/7 in their 50-overs.

India's promising pacer K.Ahmed impressed one and all to return excellent figures of 3/48 on his international debut.

At one point India were 240/2 after 40 overs but after the fall of Dhawan, who slammed his 14th ODI ton, the other middle-order batsmen went to pavilion one after another, thanks to clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.

Rayudu and Dhawan completed the half-century before Rayudu was caught by Scott McKechnie off Ehsan Nawaz in the 30th over. But unperturbed by the fall of the wicket, Dhawan kept on playing the attacking game and completed his 14th ton.

New batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan then played attacking cricket and in the process, Dhawan gifted his wicket to spinner K.D. Shah. His 120 ball innings was comprised of 15 boundaries and two sixes.

It was all going perfect, but after Dhawan's wicket, spinners attacked Indian batsmen and took wickets in clusters.

Brief scores at the end of the day count

India- 285/7 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 127, Ambati Rayudu 60; Kinchit Shah 3/39) beat Hong Kong: 259/8 in 50 overs (Nizakat Khan 92, Anshuman Rath 73; Khaleel Ahmed 3/48) by 26 runs.