Dubai (September 19, 2018): The defending champion India have beaten Hong Kong by 26 runs after a thrilling clash in the Group A match of Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Tuesday night.
After being asked to bat first by Hong Kong, India started well as opener Shikhar Dhawan notched up his 14th One-Day International (ODI) century to help his team reach 285/7 in the match.While 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 (73) 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, 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. For Hong Kong, Kinchit Shah was the pick of the bowlers, scalping three wickets.
The men in red managed to score 259-8 against the blue side’s target of 286.
Earlier in the day, after a brilliant show of batting by Shaker Dhawan the other batsmen failed to maintain the momentum of runs and India set the target of 286-run target for Hong Kong in Aisa cup match in Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.Sent into bat by Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath, Indian batsmen availed the opportunity as practice for facing their arch-rivals Pakistan tomorrow at the same ground.
In the searing Dubai heat, where the mercury has risen up to 43 degree Celsius, the primary aim of the Indian team would be to get their combinations right before the big game.