India vs Hong Kong 4th Asia Cup Match Report-2018

Left handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan notched up his 14th ODI century, as India survived a scare eventually by defeating Hong Kong by 26 runs in Dubai.

After being sent into bat, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan began the proceedings steadily by adding 45 runs for the opening wicket, before the skipper departed for 23 runs.

The 32 year old left hander and Ambati Rayudu added 116 runs for the second wicket, before Rayudu fell to Ehsan Nawaz for a well compiled 60 runs.

The latter brought up his 14th century and became the second fastest to reach that milestone in 105 innings, before being falling to Kinchit Shah for a magnificent 127.

Wickets kept tumbling as their middle and lower order failed to capitalize on the start given at the top. They ended up with 286 runs in their alloted 50 overs.

The 22 year old right arm off spinner Shah claimed 3 wickets for 39 runs in 9 overs.

Chasing 287 runs, Hong Kong had a dream start as their openers Nizakat and skipper Anshuman put on an record breaking stand by adding 174 runs in 34.1 overs, before Kuldeep provided the break through by dismissing Rath for 73 runs.

Nizakat Khan

India’s left arm bowler Khaleel Ahmed who was making his debut played a crucial role by striking twice- first by trapping Nizakat leg before for 92 and then getting Christopher Carter caught behind by Dhoni for 3 runs.

khaleel ahmed

Their middle and lower order crumbled under pressure, as they virtually ended up with 259/8.

Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 3 wickets each.

India will be seen in action yet again where they will be facing arch rivals Pakistan in the fifth match of the Asia Cup at Dubai on 19 September.

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