Dubai, Sep 19: India has secured a place in Group A Super-4 of the Asia Cup as they defeated Hongkong by 26-run in a nail-biting fight of the 14th edition of the Unimoni Asia Cup being held at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
With this defeat, Hong Kong journey ended at the Asia Cup, where as the Indian team will now have to ready to compete against Pakistan on Wednesday. It wasn't an easy task for India to beat Hong Kong at the Asia Cup, but Sikhar Dhawan made it possible by scoring 127 runs in 120 balls, and helped India to post 285 runs as target with seven wickets in 50 overs. 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 also played well and added 60-run to the Indian innings which comprising of three boundaries and two sixes. 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.
Earlier, Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field against India. In pursuit of a 286-run winning target, unheralded Hong Kong opening pair of Nizakat Khan (92) and skipper Anshuman Rath (73) added a record 174-run partnership which is the side’s highest partnership in ODI cricket. However, Hong Kong added 174 runs for the opening wicket but soon after the partnership went down, India returned to the match. For India, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant pacer Khaleel Ahmed scalped three wickets each. The Hong Kong’s challenges team scored 259 for eight wickets. (PenNews with input from UNI)