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India Vs Hong Kong Live Score (ODI)

Date: Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 IST Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Hong Kong by 26 runs

285/7
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.7
Fours
25
Sixes
5
Extras
5
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Kedar Jadhav not out 28 27 0 1
Kuldeep Yadav not out 0 0 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Tanwir Afzal 4 0 34 0
Ehsan Nawaz 8 0 50 1
259/8
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.18
Fours
19
Sixes
6
Extras
13
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Tanwir Afzal not out 12 10 1 1
Ehsan Nawaz not out 2 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 0 50 0
Khaleel Ahmed 10 0 48 3
  • Things seemed like they would go out of control, but towards the fag end, Hong Kong mounted a late assault. From 242/3 in the 42nd over, India finished the innings on 285/7. Those middle order woes showing themselves once again. Kinchit Shah was the pick of the lot as he scalped a 3-fer, with the two Khans and Ehsan Nawaz doing their part as well. The wicket is on the slower side and it will be a challenge for Hong Kong, especially given the arsenal in India's bowling ranks. Should be a good chase. Join us shortly for the action.
  • India might be happy with what they have on the board, all said and done, but a superb comeback from Hong Kong after a rather loose start. India were put into bat and the two openers provided a good start. Sharma was dismissed though, but post that, Dhawan and Rayudu took control of things. A century stand between them brought things in their favour, with Rayudu getting out after scoring a fifty. Shikhar, however, continued with Karthik and added 79, scoring a good ton himself.
  • 49.6 A single to end things. Kedar Jadhav sweeps it through square leg and gets a single. INDIA FINISH ON 285/7!
  • 49.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is the next man in.
  • 49.4 OUT! Thakur perishes in the quest for some quick runs in the end. Khan, again rolling his fingers over the ball, beats Thakur by pace. He is early into his shot trying to go over the straight boundary. The ball lobs to the fielder at long off who comes in a couple of steps and takes it easily. 7th one down for India.
  • 49.3 A good length off cutter around off. Kedar trying to hit too hard may be, mistimes it completely to get just a single into the leg side.
  • 49.2 Cutter, a bit shorter around off. Jadhav goes for the pull but does not get the desired connection. The ball rolls near the ring towards the mid-wicket region and allows the pair to run back for the second.
  • 49.1 That is typical Kedar Jadhav. Khan again rolls his fingers over this one and keeps it fuller on the stumps. Kedar looking to club it into the leg side ends up sweeping it to the deep square leg region to take a brace.
  • 48.6 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely. 6 more balls to go. 277/6
  • 48.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • Shardul Thakur comes in next.
  • 48.4 OUT! Kinchit picks up his third and he is a major reason why Hong Kong have restricted India in these death overs. Keeps it a bit short, angling across, and very slow. Bhuvi looks to pull but gets it off the bottom of his bat. The ball lobs into the mid-wicket region where the Hong Kong skipper, Anshuman Rath, runs across and takes a nice catch to end Bhuvi's short innings.
  • 48.3 Jadhav drives this full ball to mid on for a single.
  • 48.2 A bit faster and fuller around off, Jadhav looking to heave it away into the leg side misses the ball.
  • 48.1 Kumar pulls this shortish delivery into the square leg region to change strike on the very first ball of the penultimate over.
  • 47.6 Beaten again. Slower outside off, a bit short of a good length. Jadhav tries to smash this out of Dubai but misses it because of some intelligent change of pace by Khan. Good ball to end the over. 275/5
  • 47.5 Kumar tries to swing across the line as the ball bounces a bit more than he expects and takes the top edge but lands safe and they cross for a single.
  • 47.4 Kumar drives superbly to the covers but straight to the fielder.
  • 47.3 Beaten! The slower ball executed well. Bhuvi dances down the track before Aizaz has even leapt. He sees the batsman and bowls an off cutter a bit shorter in length and outside off. Bhuvi tries to heave it into the leg side, wildly, but misses the ball completely. Smart change of pace by Khan.
  • 47.2 Shorter in length this and a bit slower in pace as well. Kedar waits and pulls it to deep square leg for just a single.
  • 47.1 Keeps it marginally short of a good length around off and angling into the batsman. Looks like Kumar is cramped for room as he taps the ball into the mid-wicket region to change strike.
  • 47.1 Wide! Wayward to start the over as he strays this way down the leg side. Tried to go for the variation on the very first ball and hence missed his line completely.
  • Aizaz Khan is back on.
  • 46.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 271/5
  • 46.5 Full and flicked to square leg.
  • 46.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 46.3 Kedar drives it to mid off.
  • 46.2 Cheeky from the man from Pune. Kedar waits till the very last moment and then opens the face for the ball to kiss the face. Placed wide of short third man for a double.
  • 46.1 Kinchit continues with a full length ball outside off, Kumar opens the bat face and glides this towards point for a single.
  • 45.6 SIX! Hit as clean as a whistle! What a hit. Full and in the slot, Jadhav clears his front leg and gets under the ball. Lifts it cleanly over long on as the ball crashes into the sightscreen. Phenomenal hit. 268/5
  • 45.5 Outside off, run to short third man.
  • 45.4 Flicked neatly through the mid-wicket region for two more.
  • 45.4 Hits the deck hard and bangs it in short, outside off, Kedar has nothing to do with it. Wide called.
  • 45.3 Back of a length angling in on middle and leg, pulled behind square leg using the angle in to him. A couple of runs result.
  • 45.2 Full again, angling in on middle and leg, this time Kumar manages to play it towards mid on for a single.
  • 45.1 Comes charging in and spears it in the blockhole on middle and leg, Kumar digs it out towards mid-wicket.
  • 44.6 A shorter delivery just outside off is pushed into the point region for a single. 256/5
  • 44.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. kumar retains strike.
  • 44.4 Dropped again. But this was as difficult as the one which went down a few overs ago. These either stick or don't. Jadhav charges down the track, converts the full length ball into a full toss and bunts it straight down the ground. Shah puts his left hand up in hope of the ball sticking but it does not. The ball rolls down towards the mid off region and they take a single.
  • 44.3 Kumar flicks it away with a wristy shot towards square leg to pick up another run.
  • 44.2 Good bowling this as he changes his pace cleverly. Bowls it much slower and full on off. Bhuvi, looking to turn it into the on side, is a bit too early into the shot and hence gets a leading edge. No run there.
  • 44.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.6 A bit slower and outside off, Kedar waits and taps it to point at the last moment. 253/5
  • 43.5 Jadhav has defended this off the front foot.
  • 43.4 A bit shorter in length and is punched into the covers to take a single.
  • 43.3 A bit wide of the off stump. Kumar, new to the crease, shoulders arms.
  • 43.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.1 Kedar has flicked the ball off his pads to pick up a single.
  • Nawaz comes back into the attack.
  • 42.6 Pulls this short ball hard into the deep square leg region but gets just a single. 251/5
  • 42.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total. Hong Kong won't mind singles at this stage.
  • 42.4 Jadhav rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the next batsman in.
  • 42.3 OUT! Holes out in the deep, He had to go for it. Dinesh goes down looking to slog sweep this one over the mid-wicket fence but gets a top edge and the ball flies up in the air towards the deep square leg region, Babar Hayat sprints a long way to his right, dives and holds on to a very well judged catch to send Karthik packing.
  • 42.2 Tossed up on middle, turned into the mid-wicket region to take a single.
  • 42.1 Kinchit starts this over with a quicker one darted just outside off. Left alone by Kedar. Settling himself in may be.
  • 41.6 FOUR! Spinning in, on a fuller length, Karthik kneels forward and across and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Khan has been expensive, but he's finished the spell well with an important wicket. Ends with returns of 10-0-65-2. 247/4
  • 41.5 Jadhav is off the mark. Drives it through mid off for a single.
  • Kedar Jadhav to bat next.
  • 41.4 OUT! And Dhoni is gone! Arguably the best finisher in the business walks back without inflicting any sort of damage. Straighter one outside off, Dhoni gets deceived as he comes forward to play for the turn. Gets a faint edge and the keeper takes it sharply. Before the umpire even raises his finger, Dhoni starts walking. Delight on Khan's face. Understandably so too. India lose two wickets in quick succession.
  • 41.3 Hangs back and blocks it with the full face of the bat.
  • 41.2 Another inner edge, but this time it goes down the leg side. A single is taken.
  • 41.1 Some sharp spin in from outside off, Karthik wears it on the pads, but not before getting an inside edge.
  • 40.6 Quicker and flatter outside off, cut again, square on the off side, but straight to the fielder. A successful over from the offie comes to a close. 241/3
  • 40.5 Short and flat outside off, cut square through the off side for a run.
  • MS Dhoni walks into the middle next.
  • 40.4 OUT! And his rollercoaster knock finally comes to an end. He would have liked to stay till the end, but he'll still feel content with how he's played. Good bowling this from Kinchit Shah though. Deserves full credit for the breakthrough. Keeps coming from around the wicket and bowls it slower through the air, Dhawan gets low to bang it over the leg side but gets beaten in the flight and a top edge is induced. Tanwir Afzal at backward point settles himself under it and takes a good catch.
  • 40.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 40.2 Technically a dropped chance, but no way he would have been able to take it. Nobody would have. Was hit too hard. Dhawan comes down the track and hammers this straight back to the bowler. Shah gets both hands to it, but can't hold on. It rolls behind and a single is taken. Kinchit saved a certain boundary there. For sure.
  • 40.1 Full and outside off, Karthik reaches out to it and taps it square on the off side. A run is collected.
  • Powerplay 3 signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the end of the innings.
  • 39.6 Full and attacking the stumps, swept square through the leg side. One run to end the over. 237/2
  • 39.5 Aerially plays this one towards long on and gets to the other end.
  • 39.4 SIX! That's high in the air and out of here! Tossed up with a lot of air in line of the stumps, Shikhar Dhawan stands his ground and lifts it high over mid-wicket. Into the night sky and that's sent deep into the stands for a maximum.
  • 39.3 Worked away with the spin towards mid-wicket and a single is taken.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Well played, DK. The line is a bit too straight, full in length, so Karthik is down as he sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 39.1 Spinning in sharply on middle and leg, catches Karthik on the pads as he tries to play at it.
  • 38.6 Good stop by the fielder. Dhawan connects the sweep well and plays it towards backward square leg. The man there dives to his left and stops it. 224/2
  • 38.5 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 38.4 Flighted delivery around off, Dhawan plays the reverse paddle and plays it to short third man. A quick single is taken.
  • 38.3 Gives Shikhar the strike by nudging this off his pads to square leg and taking one.
  • 38.2 Fired full and wide outside off, Dhawan gets low and drags the sweep off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 38.1 SIX! Cutting loose now. Has no second thoughts about going after this one. Gives the charge to the floated ball and smokes it over wide long on for half a dozen.
  • 37.6 Not out! As expected. Landed well outside off, it comes in with the drift and Dhawan tries to get innovative. Attempts to bring out the reverse sweep but is caught on the thigh pad. Loud appeal goes up but the umpire doesn't pay attention to it. A leg bye is taken and in this time, Anshuman Rath decides to review it. Replays show the impact is clearly outside off. Hong Kong lose the review. 216/2
  • Review time. Hong Kong want to challenge the decision for an lbw against Shikhar Dhawan. Doesn't look out at all. Impact is well outside off.
  • 37.5 Driven down the ground, through to long off and a single is taken.
  • 37.4 Spinning in on middle and leg, this time Karthik wants to dispatch the ball with the big slog sweep but wears it on the pads instead.
  • 37.3 Driven easily through the covers for a single.
  • 37.2 SIX! Missed the last time, gets what he wants this time. Similar ball, Dhawan gets low and nails the slog sweep to perfection. Way over the mid-wicket boundary and that's a maximum. Brings up the 50-partnership with that.
  • 37.1 Looking for the big one. Khan bowls it slower outside off, Dhawan wants to clear the mid-wicket fence but can't as the ball goes under his bat.
  • 36.6 Full on the stumps, flicked neatly through the vacant spaces in the mid-wicket region for a brace. 207/2
  • 36.5 DK has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.4 Short and flat outside the line of off stump, punched to long off. One run collected.
  • 36.3 FOUR! The lbw shout is denied, the umpire signals runs. Dhawan did play that late, dangerous and well-executed at the same time. Coming in on middle, Shikhar kneels forward and across before sweeping it past short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 36.2 Karthik picks it off his pads and works it away into the leg side for a single.
  • 36.1 Comfortably milks this to the long on fielder and crosses over.
  • 35.6 14th ODI century for Shikhar Dhawan! A terrific effort from the opener. Hasn't put a single foot wrong in the entire innings. Chanceless. He just cracks this square on the off side and takes a single. He will look to accelerate from this point on. He's got what he wanted. 198/2
  • 35.5 Driven down the ground through mid on for a single this time.
  • 35.4 FOUR! Nice flow of the bat from Dinesh Karthik. Takes a nice, big stride to this full delivery outside off and crashes it right off the middle through the covers for a boundary.
  • 35.3 Happy to just take the single. Dhawan moves to 99 by wristing this full delivery to long on.
  • 35.2 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 35.1 Coming in on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side for a single.
  • Ehsan Khan to bowl once more.
  • 34.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single. 189/2
  • 34.5 Dinesh milks this to long off and takes one too.
  • 34.4 Dhawan comfortably punches this to long on and gets to the other end.
  • 34.3 Short ball in line of the stumps, pulled along the carpet to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.1 Fuller and faster outside off, driven square to point.
  • 33.6 A bit of a mishit from DK. Can't middle it as well as he'd have liked. Tries to club this length ball on off over mid off, but can only lob it as far as the fielder there. 185/2
  • 33.6 No ball! Nawaz oversteps as he pitches this full on off, Karthik drives it to extra cover. Free Hit coming up on the next delivery...
  • 33.5 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 33.4 FOUR! One bounce and across the rope. Nawaz angles in a bumper on middle and leg, Dhawan picks up the length early and moves inside the line before pulling it aerially towards fine leg. Super shot.
  • 33.3 Fires this full and on the sixth stump line, drilled hard but right at the cover fielder.
  • 33.2 Goes down the ground again, this time towards mid off. Can't beat the fielder though.
  • 33.1 Nawaz starts off from around the wicket and angles in a length delivery around off, Dhawan stays deep inside the crease and plays it back down the track.
  • 32.6 Sliding in on middle and leg, Dhawan uses the angle well to clip it through square leg for a run. 178/2
  • 32.5 Knocked to long off with absolute ease and DK gets off strike.
  • 32.4 Pushes this off the front foot straight to the man at cover.
  • 32.3 Karthik has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.2 Darted across again, on a shorter length, DK from the back foot cuts it late to backward point.
  • 32.1 Comes from around the wicket and fires this across Dinesh Karthik. The batsman goes back and pushes it on the off side.
  • Kinchit Shah into the attack now. He will try with his off spin to make something happen.
  • 31.6 FOUR! Good end to the over for India. Length ball going across, Dhawan is right on top of this as he comes half-forward and crunches it through cover-point for a boundary. 176/2
  • 31.5 Back of a length delivery just outside off, Dinesh is on his toes as he rises on top of the ball and punches it through the gap on the off side for a single.
  • 31.4 Moves inside the line to this length delivery, brings his wrists into play and turns it square on the leg side for a run.
  • 31.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 31.2 FOUR! Another short ball but this time Dhawan is prepared for it. Camps back, waits for it and pounces on it with a powerful pull. Beats the fine leg fielder and finds the fence.
  • 31.1 Brings out the short ball and takes Dhawan by surprise, the batsman sways away from the line, albeit a little late.
  • Drinks break.
  • 30.6 Stays behind the line and defends. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and that's the end of the over. That brings an end to Nadeem's spell. He finishes with figures of 10-0-39-0. 166/2
  • 30.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball down to long on. One run to the total.
  • 30.4 Uses the depth of the crease to go back and keep it out on the off side.
  • 30.3 Nicely done. Karthik comfortably drives it through to sweeper cover and rotates strike.
  • 30.2 Turns it away with the spin, in front of square leg, and gets to the other end.
  • 30.1 Turning in on middle, on a shorter length, Shikhar is on the back foot as he plays it in front of mid-wicket.
  • 29.6 Fullish in length just outside off, blocked firmly by Karthik off the front foot to covers. 163/2
  • 29.5 On the shorter side of the length, outside off, arms are shouldered to this one.
  • 29.4 Short ball into the body, pulled down to fine leg for a single.
  • 29.3 Off the mark without wasting any time. Karthik opens the face and runs this length ball down to third man for a run.
  • Dinesh Karthik is the next batsman in.
  • 29.2 OUT! GONE! The bowling change does the trick for Hong Kong. Ehsan Khan strikes. Good move to have the keeper right up to the stumps. Short ball which rises off the deck surprisingly, Rayudu attempts to play the upper cut but can only manage a feather behind. Scott McKechnie takes a sharp catch and celebrates. The umpire just wants to check for the front foot no ball and replays show all is fine. Rayudu departs after scoring a well-crafted fifty. Timely wicket for Hong Kong. Partnership of 116 comes to an end.
  • 29.1 Length ball outside off, Rayudu goes for the cut but mistimes it on the off side.
  • Ehsan Nawaz returns to the attack.
  • 28.6 Not much spin on this occasion, turned away towards mid-wicket for nothing. 161/1
  • 28.5 Pushed away tamely into the off side for a single.
  • 28.4 SIX! Makes sweet connection on that! It's tossed right up there, in Rayudu's slot, the right-hander gets low on one knee and brings out the big sweep. Clears the mid-wicket boundary with ease as he sends it flying into the stands.
  • 28.3 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 28.2 Backs away to this arm ball sliding in on off, Rayudu punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 28.1 Quicker delivery outside off, on a shorter length, a mistimed cut finds its way to the point fielder.
  • 27.6 Hangs back inside the crease and offers a defensive blade in response. 152/1
  • 27.5 Pushed into the vacant spaces in the cover region for a single.
  • 27.4 FOUR! 7th ODI fifty for Ambati Rayudu! It's come in a streaky manner, but he won't mind. Room on offer outside off, a length delivery, Rayudu throws his bat at it and gets a fat edge through the vacant slip cordon to the third man boundary. A solid knock from him so far.
  • 27.3 A bit of a brash shot from Rayudu. Shortish ball around off, it's slapped straight back to the bowler with an angled bat.
  • 27.2 Short of a good length outside off, the bat face is opened before steering it to the diving backward point fielder.
  • 27.1 Connects well but there's a fielder in the deep. Dhawan gets on top of the short ball and pulls it through to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 146/1
  • 26.5 Full and attacking the stumps, nudged down the ground through mid on. Shikhar rotates the strike.
  • 26.4 Ambati Rayudu goes with the spin and drives it through covers for a single. With this, the 100-run stand is also up.
  • 26.3 Sliding across the southpaw, Dhawan taps it down on the off side off the outer half. Calls for the run swiftly and his partner responds too. Nicely done.
  • 26.2 Stays on the back foot this time, around off, a solid punch is offered to long off for one run.
  • 26.1 Loopy delivery full in length, outside off, the right-hander strides ahead and pushes it to mid off.
  • 25.6 Rayudu moves across his sticks and with a little swivel, he pulls this along the ground through square leg. A run to end the over. 142/1
  • 25.5 Full on middle and leg, easy enough for Shikhar to flick this through square leg for a single.
  • 25.4 Keeps it tight. Length delivery on the stumps, kept out from within the crease.
  • 25.3 Just behind a length, outside off, punched firmly off the back foot through the covers. One to the scoreboard.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Short of a length delivery into the body, Rayudu picks up the length early and rocks back. Swivels and pulls it aerially through backward square leg for a boundary. No stopping that.
  • 25.1 Length delivery rising off the deck, Ambati stands firm and blocks it with a straight blade.
  • 24.6 Dhawan comes ahead and defends the fuller ball on the off side. 135/1
  • 24.5 Short, flat and outside off, cut past the backward point fielder. Two easy runs for the batsmen.
  • 24.4 Milks this full ball down to long off and gets to the other end.
  • 24.3 Big shout for a leg before, but not given. Clearly going down leg. Arm ball on leg, sliding further down, Rayudu is down to sweep but misses and is rapped on the front pad. Good call from the umpire.
  • 24.2 Spinning away from around off, a touch of extra bounce, Rayudu plays it off the outer half to short third man.
  • 24.1 Spinning in on middle and leg, Shikhar plays this with the spin as he works it through mid-wicket comfortably. One run collected.
  • 23.6 Dhawan drives this to long off to pick up one more single and move onto 69. 131/1
  • 23.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.4 Good shot but Rayudu will not be ecstatic with the final result. He will feel that he could have hit it to the boundary 9 out of 10 times. Lands this short and wide, in the perfect zone to be cut hard. Ambati does exactly that, times it well as well but straight to the man at sweeper cover. A run taken.
  • 23.3 Khan keeps it in the corridor around off, Rayudu defends off the front foot.
  • 23.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.1 Khan starts with a shortish delivery angling into Shikhar's body, Shikhar though pulls it to the deep square leg region for a single.
  • Aizaz Khan is brought back into the attack.
  • 22.6 Dhawan comes forward and turns this one into the mid-wicket region to take a single and retain strike. 128/1
  • 22.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.4 Turns this ball attacking the stumps into the square leg region, but the fielder is swift enough to stop the batsmen from crossing over.
  • 22.3 Drives well but straight to covers.
  • 22.2 Driven towards the mid-off region. One run added to the total.
  • 22.1 Fuller and straighter ball is flicked into the mid-wicket region and the pair pick up a single.
  • 21.6 This is the exact definition of milking the bowling. A boundary or two each over and singles off almost each ball. Dhawan drives this through the cover region to pick up a single. 125/1
  • 21.5 Rayudu drives this tossed up ball through mid on to exchange strike one more time.
  • 21.4 Shikhar flicks it away with a wristy shot to pick up a single.
  • 21.3 FOUR! Dominating shot! Full of authority. Dhawan stands tall in his crease, waits for the good length ball to arrive near him and swings through the line to get the ball up and over mid off. Calculated risk this from Shikhar which gives him a boundary.
  • 21.2 Keeps it slower but a bit shorter outside off, Dhawan cuts it through the cover-point region for a double.
  • 21.1 Afzal starts with a slower one around off, Rayudu steers this towards point by opening the bat face and runs through for a single.
  • Tanwir Afzal is back on.
  • 20.6 A fuller length delivery is driven to long on to pick up another single. 115/1
  • 20.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Rayudu on the move now as he has nonchalantly lofted this over the man stationed at extra cover. The timing on it is exquisite as the ball goes past the fence in a jiffy.
  • 20.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 20.2 Continues with the tight line and length. Rayudu skips down the track looking to reach the pitch of the delivery but cannot and tries to block it out. The ball takes the inner edge onto his pads.
  • 20.1 Worked away into the leg side with a closed face and a single results.
  • 19.6 SIX! Another short delivery and it's been punished. Around off, Rayudu goes back and with all his might, heaves it over the cow corner. It sails into the stands for a biggie. 15 off this over, big one for the Men in Blue. 109/1
  • 19.5 Knocked down the ground towards long on. One more to the total.
  • 19.4 FOUR! Authoritative! Shikhar Dhawan is in his elements. Short and on the stumps, the southpaw quickly shifts back and muscles the pull through mid-wicket, beating the man in the deep with ease.
  • 19.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 19.2 A fraction straight in line, nicely tossed up, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.1 Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan! His 26th in this format. A good knock from Gabbar here, been flawless since he started. Just leans ahead and drives it through the covers for a couple of runs. He looks primed for a big one. Also, the 50-run stand is up.
  • Nizakat Khan is introduced into the bowling attack.
  • 18.6 Short and flat, pulled hard through mid-wicket. The man from wide long on does well to cover good ground to his right and keeps the batsmen to just two. 94/1
  • 18.5 Nicely done. Nadeem bowls this quite slow through the air, deceives Rayudu in the flight who dances down. The batsman can only block it to covers.
  • 18.4 Darts it on the stumps, full in length, Dhawan works it gently on the leg side and crosses over.
  • 18.3 A good extension of the arms as Rayudu drives it nicely through the covers for one.
  • 18.2 Bowls this a bit fuller, slower through the air on this occasion, Rayudu meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 18.1 Shorter and a bit quicker through the air around off, blocked out off the back foot.
  • 17.6 A fuller length ball in line with the stumps is flicked into the mid-wicket region for a single to end a good over from Ehsan Khan. 90/1
  • 17.5 Tossed up around off, Dhawan waits for it to arrive, pushes it softly into the gap at covers and steals a quick single.
  • 17.4 A bit shorter of a full length on middle is driven to long off and they cross for a single. Good tight over so far, just three runs off four balls.
  • 17.3 Tossed up on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 17.2 Keeps it full around off, Shikhar comes forward and pushes it into the gap in the cover region to take a quick single.
  • 17.1 Tossed up on off, driven to long on for an easy single. It is an important innings for Rayudu as he is kind of making a comeback into the Indian side and he knows that he will not get many chances like this, so cashing in is essential.
  • 16.6 Slightly shorter in length on off, Dhawan goes back and punches it to the man at covers. A good over after the drinks break for Hong Kong, just 1 from it. 85/1
  • 16.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 16.4 Stump-to-stump line, not giving the batsman a lot of room to work with. Dhawan prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 16.3 With the turn, Dhawan works it to mid-wicket.
  • 16.2 Fires it on the stumps, Rayudu goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg to change strike.
  • 16.1 Flatter delivery on off, straightens a touch. Rayudu lunges and defends it.
  • Drinks break. A decent start by Hong Kong as they have managed to keep India below the six-run-per-over mark in addition to the big wicket of The Hitman. India will want Dhawan to make this start count and get a big one today, he needs it as well. Rayudu will look to give adequate support and build a big partnership.
  • 15.6 Dhawan shows respect as he gets back to this shorter length ball around off and blocks it out solidly to enter the first drinks break unbeaten. 84/1
  • 15.5 Rayudu leans across and flicks this flighted delivery into the square leg region for a single.
  • 15.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.3 Tossed up on middle stump line, flicked to mid-wicket to pick up a single.
  • 15.2 FOUR! The umpteenth time Dhawan has cut it for a boundary through point. Poor from Khan, seems as if it slipped from his hand. It lands very short and wide of off, Dhawan will cut these in his sleep.
  • 15.1 Rayudu is milking the bowling as he is changing strike nicely and giving as much strike to the well set opener as possible. He drives it through mid on for a run.
  • 14.6 A flighted delivery and full in length around off is driven elegantly through mid off for a single to finish the over. 77/1
  • 14.5 Dhawan comes forward on this fuller length ball and blocks it out solidly. Very good this from Ahmed as he is not giving anything to the Indian batsmen here.
  • 14.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.3 A tossed up fuller length ball around off is driven nicely through mid off for a single to be added.
  • 14.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 14.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13.6 Fourth consecutive similar shot and the result, again, is a single added to the total. 74/1
  • 13.5 Punched again into the cover-point region and another single results.
  • 13.4 Similar ball to the right-hander this time, Ambati punches it into the covers for a single.
  • 13.3 Similar ball but Shikhar's punch finds the gap this time and allows the batsmen to cross over for a single.
  • 13.2 Slower and fractionally shorter, punched off the back foot to the covers.
  • 13.1 Defended off the front foot by Shikhar presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 12.6 Rayudu cuts this shorter and wider delivery with good timing, but cannot find the gap, which is as important. 70/1
  • 12.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 12.4 A fuller and straighter ball in line with the stumps is flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 12.3 A bit slower and with an angle into the right-hander, who waits for the ball to arrive and blocks it out.
  • 12.2 Tossed up around off again, Ambati comes forward and defends.
  • 12.1 Rayudu shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Nadeem Ahmed is the new bowler into the attack.
  • 11.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/1
  • 11.5 Driven crisply to covers to pick up an easy single.
  • 11.4 Gabbar again rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball and steals a single.
  • 11.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.2 A straighter ball attacking the stumps is worked down the leg side for a single.
  • 11.1 Shikhar rocks onto the back foot and punches this into the cover region for a single.
  • 10.6 A shortish length ball around off, is punched into the gap in covers to pick up a single and the southpaw retains strike. 64/1
  • 10.5 FOUR! That's pulled with disdain. A short ball again on Shikhar's body. The inexperience of the Hong Kong bowlers is on display here. Shikhar swivels and unleashes a hard pull shot for the ball to race across the outfield like a tracer bullet.
  • 10.4 Rayudu rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball into the cover region for a single.
  • 10.3 Rayudu takes the risk and gets two for it. Walks down the track and lofts this one over the cover region. The timing is not sensational as the fielder chases it down and keeps it to a brace.
  • 10.2 A shortish ball around off is pushed into the cover region.
  • 10.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot to end the a good over for India. India are 56/1 at the end of Powerplay 1. 56/1
  • 9.5 A bit wide of off, left alone.
  • 9.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 9.3 FOUR! The bowler repeats the mistake and pays the price again. You cannot err against such world class batsmen. Short and wide of off again, bread and butter for Dhawan as he smashes this cut through point to bring up yet another boundary. Shikhar moves to 30.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Dhawan will not let these freebies go by. A shortish ball just outside off is fiercely cut through the covers. The ball races away to the fence and Dhawan has another boundary to his name.
  • 9.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 8.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. Good ball to end the over by Khan. 48/1
  • 8.5 And Ambati is off the mark as he turns this ball angling into the stumps, into the mid-wicket region. The timing is better than we expected and the batsmen come back for a brace.
  • 8.4 Dhawan has driven this full ball around off through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single
  • 8.3 A bit short, angling into Dhawan. He misses the flick and gets rapped on the pads.
  • 8.2 Fuller in length is driven to mid on.
  • 8.1 Outside off, played to point.
  • 7.6 Keeps it wide of off and Rayudu decides to let it go. 45/1
  • 7.5 Fuller and straighter delivery is turned into the mid-wicket region.
  • Ambati Rayudu is the next batsman in.
  • 7.4 OUT! Rohit Sharma is gone! Spin does the trick for Hong Kong and that's a big wicket! Khan floats it up on middle and off, Rohit gives the charge and swings to go big over the leg side. There's a hint of drift away and that becomes his undoing. The ball takes the leading edge and balloons towards mid off. Nizakat Khan is the man positioned there, he takes a couple of steps back and gobbles it up well. India's Hitman departs early.
  • 7.3 Dhawan prods forward and taps it into the mid-wicket region to change strike.
  • 7.2 Keeps this on a tighter line around middle and off, coming in with the angle from around the wicket, it's worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 7.1 Tossed up around off, driven crisply to the fielder at covers.
  • Ehsan Khan comes into the attack.
  • 6.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 44/0
  • 6.5 Back of a length outside off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 6.4 Leans ahead to this full delivery and drives it straight to the man at mid off.
  • 6.3 Behind a good length, just sits up for Dhawan who shifts his weight onto the back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 6.2 Some width on offer outside off, on a length once more, it's dabbed square to point for an easy one.
  • 6.1 Just ahead of a length, on middle and off with some shape away, Rohit stays perfectly behind the line and keeps it out.
  • First change made quite early. Aizaz Khan brought on to bowl.
  • 5.6 FOUR! A bit agricultural this from Dhawan as he tries to heave at this short of a length ball on middle, angling away from him from over the wicket. Dhawan, from within his crease, pulls and gets a good connection. The ball flies over the square leg region for the second boundary of this expensive over. 42/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! A classic cover drive, can it get any beautiful than this? Dhawan looking in good touch here as he is middling almost everything today. A very full ball wide of off, Shikhar goes down on one knee and stylishly drives this through covers for a smashing boundary.
  • 5.4 A short of a length ball is tapped towards point.
  • 5.3 Nawaz pulls his length back a bit and keeps it around off. Dhawan defends off the back foot.
  • 5.2 Similar delivery and a similar shot as Dhawan creams this drive straight to the fielder at covers.
  • 5.1 A full length ball on off is driven superbly through the covers.
  • 4.6 FOUR! This time it's the mid on fielder again who looks skywards to see the ball flying over his head and into the fence after a couple of bonces. Two in two and Sharma is on his way. 34/0
  • 4.5 FOUR! This is like net practice for Rohit. With the speed around 110-115 kph, Rohit just stands in his crease and swings through the line. The surface is good enough as the ball is lofted well over mid on and it races across the fence.
  • 4.4 Fuller length around off is driven to mid off for a single.
  • 4.3 Smart bowling this from Afzal. He knows that the southpaw likes the ball coming onto the bat nicely, hence he is rolling his fingers over the ball. The batsmen have no pace to work with and this is frustrating the Indian opening pair. It's played to point.
  • 4.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Dhawan will hit these 10 out of 10 times. Afzal drifts onto Shikhar's pads. The batsman leans across and flicks it nonchalantly through mid-wicket for a cracking boundary.
  • 3.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 21/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! That shot is a result of the previous four dots. Rohit premeditates as he wants to score quick runs. A bit shorter this one around off, he swings across the line and swats at it dragging the ball through the square leg region as it crosses the boundary.
  • 3.4 Marginally short of a good length around off, Rohit drives it to mid on.
  • 3.3 A bit short and wide is cut hard but straight to point.
  • 3.2 A fuller ball on off, Rohit, from within his crease, drives straight to the fielder at covers.
  • 3.1 Nawaz starts a new over by landing it a bit shorter than a good length around off. Rohit gets behind the line of the ball and keeps it out.
  • 2.6 A straight ball angling into the stumps is flicked to square leg. No run on offer. 17/0
  • 2.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 2.4 On a length attacking the stumps, Shikhar turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • 2.3 Similar ball around middle and leg, cramping Dhawan for room who blocks it out.
  • 2.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 2.1 FOUR! A classic Dhawan shot as he rocks back and across seeing the width on that one and unleashes a fierce cut through the cover-point region. The timing and placement are immaculate. A boundary results.
  • 1.6 A good length ball angling into the pads is flicked to square leg for a single to end the over. 13/0
  • 1.5 Sharma rocks back quickly seeing the length a bit short and cuts it through the point region. The fielder chases it down and keeps it down to a brace.
  • 1.4 A shortish ball around off is steered softly to the point region to get a single.
  • 1.3 Very full ball on off is driven to mid off.
  • 1.2 Lands this one on a length on middle, angling into the batsman. Rohit looks to flick but misses to get rapped on the pads and the ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen steal a leg bye.
  • 1.1 Starts with a back of a length delivery around off, Sharma gets behind it and keeps it out safely.
  • Ehsan Nawaz to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 7/0
  • 0.5 Length ball around off is tapped into the point region and the batsmen take a run.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Delightful! Rohit at his elegant best here. A full one outside off is creamed through the cover region and the ball races across the ropes and India get their first boundary.
  • 0.3 Very full on off, driven to mid off where the fielder misfields allowing Shikhar to get off the mark.
  • 0.2 Nice adjustment by the bowler as he hits the corridor around off to the left-hander as well. Dhawan keeps it out onto the off side.
  • 0.1 Rohit Sharma and India are off the mark on the very first delivery. A good length ball around off is gently tapped into the cover-point region and the batting pair takes a single to open its team's account.
  • The national anthems are done and dusted with now. We are ready to get underway as the umpires make their way to the middle along with the Hong Kong players. The Indian opening pair of their skipper, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, stride out with the former taking strike. Tanwir Afzal to start the proceedings for Hong Kong.
  • India captain, Rohit Sharma says that getting used to the conditions as soon as possible is the most important thing for them and informs that his side is ready to go out and give their best. Also states that Asia cup is the continent's biggest tournament with a long history behind it. Reckons that it's a very competitive tournament and believes that they have to give their best all the time in order to succeed on a consistent basis. Informs that many of his players have come here for the first time and it is their first Asia Cup as well. Admits that their batting, especially the middle order, is something that excites him. Also informs that Khaleel Ahmed will make his debut. Ends by saying that even though, historically, their batting has always been strong and the bowling usually was the one which underperformed for them, but the last 2-3 years have seen the Indian bowlers doing a fantastic job and winning matches for their team.
  • Hong Kong skipper, Anshuman Rath says they are keen to showcase their skills. Adds further that some hard lessons were learnt in the last game and feels that it is inexcusable how their batting collapsed. Expects a better show from his team today as they try and restrict India as much as possible. States that today his players will look to give their best performance with a smile on their faces, enjoying the game. Ends by saying that there is some grass covering on the surface and expects the pitch to remain good for batting throughout the day.
  • TOSS - Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bowl.
  • Hola, everyone! Welcome to our coverage of the 4th match of the tournament between the mighty Indians and the minnows Hong Kong in Dubai. India will be looking to put in a dominant performance in all three departments of the game and come up with a clinical show. Hong Kong, on the other hand, will be keen to make full use of this opportunity, do the basics right and put up a competitive show against the Men in Blue. Will we see another one-sided thrashing of a weaker team by the obvious stronger one? Or can this funny game throw up another surprise, as it has done time and again in the past?

India Vs Hong Kong Live Score (ODI) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • That is all from this game! Now all our attentions will be turned, if it was not already, towards the big, no wait, the HUGE game. India against Pakistan, the match which will decide who finishes Group A on top. The match starts at 1530 Local (1130 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye.
  • Man of the Match, Shikhar Dhawan, says that he was doing his process and believed in himself. Mentions that he was not taking extra risks and was playing on the merit of the ball. Credits one of the Hong Kong bowlers for bowling in the right areas on a slow pitch.
  • India skipper, Rohit Sharma, says that there were a lot of things that didn't go to plan but winning the game was the most important thing. Mentions that they made a lot of mistakes and there are no excuses for that. States that his boys have done the job earlier and he backs them. Adds that a couple of players showed a lot of character when it was needed. Opines that it was a great learning curve for them. Stresses the fact that they will be put under pressure but how they respond to it is what matters. Praises Dhawan for coming back strongly after a tough tour for England and also admires the way Rayudu played in his comeback game. Is all praises for the debutant, Khaleel Ahmed. Adds that he didn't start of well but did extremely well to fight back. Ends by saying that hopefully his boys will be fresh for the big game tomorrow.
  • Hong Kong skipper, Anshuman Rath, says that they are proud of the way they played but it is a bittersweet feeling. Adds that they were in a position to win this game and are disappointed with the final result. Mentions that they lost their way in the middle overs and that cost them. States that they wanted to play freely in this tournament and he is proud that his boys have done so. Adds that it would have been great if they had rolled the best team in the world over. Praises Nizakat Khan for his brilliant knock upfront and also Kinchit Shah for his terrific display with both ball and bat. Gives the credit to Shikhar Dhawan for playing a superb knock. Ends by saying that with Rayudu also batting well, 350 was on the cards for India but is happy this his bowlers were on the money at the fag end to restrict them to much less.
  • Earlier in the day, India, after being inserted, were going great guns, courtesy a 116-run stand between Rayudu and Dhawan. The latter got to a brilliant ton and when he was out there, India looked like crossing 300. However, a good fight back towards the fag end by the Hong Kong bowlers, especially, Kinchit Shah managed to keep the Men in Blue below 300 but that too proved to be enough.
  • However, today was a prime example of how important fitness is in modern day cricket. As the overs went on, Nizakat Khan started to tire out. He found it difficult to score and that built pressure. The run rate kept on building and a wicket was around the corner and that is exactly what happened. Kuldeep got the first and that opened the floodgates. It was all India after that as Khaleel the debutant then showed what he is capable of. He got rid of Nizakat who missed out on a well-deserved ton. He finished with a three-fer along with Chahal who ran through the middle order. He too ended with three wickets to his name. Thakur had a day to forget as he was taken for a plenty. However, Kedar Jadhav made up for him with a very economical spell. Kumar too did not have a great day at the office.
  • Chasing an above par total of 286, the Hong Kong openers came out all guns blazing. They took the attack to the Indian pacers and scored freely against them. They also tackled the spin twins really well. Yes, they did not score at the same rate against them as they did against the pacers but they were surely keeping the score board moving. Nizakat Khan mainly, he was the aggressor as he got to his half ton in no time. The skipper played as the perfect foil to him as he also got to his half ton. The two added Hong Kong's highest partnership in ODI cricket and at that time they were well in the game.
  • So, it all ends how everyone thought it would with India winning their first game and knocking Hong Kong out of the 2018 Asia Cup. However, credit has to be given to them for the fight they have shown in this game. Especially after their outing against Pakistan, I do not think a lot people would have thought they would have fought this hard, against a team which probably a lot people felt was a tougher test.
  • 49.6 A beauty to end the game! India can now afford to smile as they have come out victorious. A yorker just around off, Afzal tries to jam it out but is beaten. INDIA WIN BY 26 RUNS!
  • 49.5 Good length around off, it is guided towards point for a run.
  • 49.4 Bringing all his variations into play here. Bowls the bumper outside off. Nawaz swings but misses.
  • 49.3 Another yorker on middle, Afzal hits it towards cover for a run.
  • 49.2 Very full on off, it is jammed out towards covers for a run. So that probably seals the deal for India, if it was not earlier.
  • 49.1 OUT! In the air... taken by the bowler himself! What a debut for this lad. A well-disguised slower ball. Khan is completely foxed as he is way too early into the shot. He only manages to lob it up in the air towards the right of the pitch. Khaleel runs towards it and takes it. His third so far. Ehsan Nawaz is the next man in.
  • 48.6 FOUR! So 5 maximums is what Hong Kong need in the last over. Do they have a Yuvraj or a Gibbs in them? Kumar dishes out a full toss and the batsman hits it through mid off for a boundary. 256/7
  • 48.5 A full toss on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 48.4 A yorker, the batsman tries to jam it out but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards mid-wicket for a leg bye.
  • 48.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 48.2 A very full ball on the pads, the batsman tries to flick, misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side for a leg bye. Well, the umpire felt there was an inside edge and it has been given as a run.
  • 48.1 Once again dances down the track but misses to connect. He wanted the umpire to call it a wide but the umpire does not.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the penultimate over.
  • 47.6 Cramps the batsman for room as he bowls it on his body. The batter tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. 37 in 12 needed. A miracle needed for Hong Kong. 249/7
  • 47.5 Very full on the stumps, EK hits it down to long on for a run.
  • 47.4 Another slower ball, another hoick, another miss.
  • 47.3 Dances down the track and swings to the delivery outside off but misses.
  • 47.2 Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling a full toss. Afzal hits it towards cover for a run.
  • 47.1 Hits it straight over the bowler's head. No timing on that one and a run is taken.
  • 46.6 SIX! Not a great end to his spell but he would be happy with his day at the office. He finishes with figures of 10-2-42-2. Yadav flights this ball around middle, Afzal clears his front leg and goes downtown, over the fence. 246/7
  • 46.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.4 The wrong 'un and the batsman with the turn plays it to point.
  • Tanwir Afzal comes in next.
  • 46.3 OUT! STUMPED! 50th ODI wicket for Kuldeep Yadav! He becomes the second fastest spinner to get to that milestone. Just behind Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka. McKechnie had no other option but to go for it and perishes in an attempt to do so. He steps out and swings wildly. Does not pick the googly and the ball beats the bat by a month. Dhoni behind, collects it and whips the bails off.
  • 46.2 FOUR! This is what they need to play if they are to come close to the target. The reverse sweep and it has been played well. Over point and into the fence.
  • 46.1 Welcomes him into the attack with a sweep towards short fine leg for a run. 50 more needed in 23.
  • Kuldeep Yadav to bowl out.
  • 45.6 A wild swing but only connects with thin air. 235/6
  • 45.5 Slower ball, the batsman tries to play it towards third man with soft hands but plays it too close to the keeper.
  • 45.4 Full on the stumps, worked around the corner for a run.
  • 45.3 OUCH! That would have hurt! On the shorter side, EK goes for the pull but gets an inside edge onto the body. The ball rolls on the off side. The batsmen try to steal a run as the bowler has a shy at his end but misses. A run added to the scorecard.
  • 45.2 Excellent fielding there by Jadhav! Khaleel bowls a yorker around off, Khan jams it out towards third man. Kedar there makes good ground to his left, dives and saves a couple for his side.
  • 45.1 From around the wicket, lands it on a length around off, the batsman defends it out.
  • Khaleel Ahmed is back for a final burst.
  • 44.6 Tossed up ball outside leg stump, Ehsan clears his front leg and tucks it towards square leg for a run. 2 wickets and 3 runs from the over. Chahal finishes with figures of 10-0-46-3. Well done, lad! 230/6
  • 44.5 Leans ahead to this one and works it around the corner for a run.
  • Scott McKechnie is the new man in.
  • 44.4 OUT! Chahal gets a 3-fer! India have almost shut the doors on their opposition now. Chahal slips in the googly around off. Aizaz Khan comes forward to defend it but perhaps doesn't pick the wrong one. Ends up missing it and is hit flush in front of the wickets. Yuzvendra rises up in an appeal and up goes the umpire's finger. 58 needed from 32 but it is unlikely that the Men in Red are going to get these.
  • 44.3 Floated around off, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Aizaz Khan strides out to bat.
  • 44.2 OUT! The pressure of not being in these kind of tough situations against top teams is taking its toll on Hong Kong! Chahal tosses this one up well outside off. Shah tries to go over extra cover but ends up getting it off the outer half towards point. Dhawan stationed there takes a few steps back and pouches it safely. He does his favored thigh slap after that.
  • 44.1 A quick googly outside off, spinning away. Shah tries to hit over the off side but misses.
  • 43.6 A couple to end! So only 7 from it. Not enough at the moment. Khan takes a few steps down the track and hits it through covers for a brace. 227/4
  • 43.5 Once again no intent shown here as it is played with soft hands towards point for a run.
  • 43.4 Well there seems to be no urgency of taking a risk as this ball is guided down to third man for a run.
  • 43.3 Outside off, slashed through covers for a run. A big hit is needed in this over. Can't be content with singles.
  • 43.2 Back of a length on middle, the batsman works it towards mid-wicket for another single. This is now Hong Kong's highest score batting second, they still need a lot more though.
  • 43.1 Slower ball outside off, Shah tries to drive but gets an outside edge down to third man for a run.
  • 42.6 No, just a run as Shah guides it towards point and scampers through. Good over though for Hong Kong, they need a few more like these. 220/4
  • 42.5 Shah strokes this ball back to the bowler. 12 from the over and one ball to go. Can they make it an 18 run over?
  • 42.4 Runs again! This is turning out to be a good over! This is down the leg side, Khan goes for the sweep. It brushes his glove and goes fine down the leg side for three.
  • 42.3 Another good shot! This is floated up outside off, Khan goes inside out over covers. Kumar from sweeper cover and Thakur from long off are after it. Kumar leaves it for the latter who just about manages to flick it back before it crosses the ropes. The batsmen take two.
  • 42.2 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 42.1 SIX! BANG! Just what they needed, a boundary off the first ball! What a shot! Shah goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
  • 41.6 On the pads, it is clipped towards square leg. The batsmen set off for a run, both are ball watching and collide. Luckily no harm done as they make it in safely. 207/4
  • 41.6 Slower ball but way outside off, wide given.
  • 41.5 Gets a run this time but India won't mind at all! Khan guides this down to third man and gets to the other end.
  • 41.4 Another dot! Kumar bowls it around off, Khan pushes it towards covers.
  • 41.3 A back foot defense now! He seems to be playing himself in, maybe trying to take it deep.
  • 41.2 Around off, Khan shuffles across and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 41.1 Length again around off, the batsman pushes it through covers for a run.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 40.6 Crisply driven through covers for a run. Singles won't win Hong Kong the game. 203/4
  • 40.5 Slow and short, turning away. Khan slaps it through covers and takes a run.
  • 40.4 It has been eased through covers for a run.
  • 40.3 Comes out and straightaway goes for the sweep. Connects well through square leg for a run.
  • Ehsan Khan strides out to the middle.
  • 40.2 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Chahal gets his first! He tosses this up outside off, the ball pitches and turns away. Hayat tries to go inside out over covers but the ball kisses the outside edge and Dhoni behind the stumps does the rest. He starts appealing but even before the umpire could raise his finger, Hayat starts walking.
  • 40.1 Flighted ball on off, the batsman eases it down to long off for a run.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
  • Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game.
  • 39.6 SIX! This time he does stand and deliver! Brute of a shot that! On a length around off, Hayat stands tall and slams it over the long off fence for a biggie. Spoils what was a terrific over. 88 more needed in 60 balls. 198/3
  • 39.5 On a length again around off, guided to point.
  • 39.4 Stand and deliver! That is exactly what Hayat is trying to do but is not succeeding. Full and on middle, Hayat swings but finds mid on.
  • 39.3 Almost another one! Length ball outside off, Hayat, away from his body tries to guide it down to third man but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 39.2 Off the mark with a drive through the off side for a run.
  • Kinchit Shah is the new man in.
  • 39.1 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! One brings two and that is just the case here for Khaleel. Isn't he a delighted man! Lovely bowling from him, he comes running in and lands it on a length around off. The ball straightens a touch after pitching. Carter tries to guide it down to third man but ends up guiding it into the mitts of the keeper.
  • 38.6 The googly and it is nicely played. Eased down to long off for a run. 8 from the over. 191/2
  • 38.5 Gives it air again outside off, Hayat once again uses his feet and strokes it down to long off for a run.
  • 38.4 SIX! BOOM! That is one way to release the pressure. Top shot! Hayat uses his feet and this time gets to the pitch of the ball. Tonks it over the long off fence for a biggie. 97 more needed in 68.
  • 38.3 The googly from outside leg stump. Hayat tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Three dots, they can't afford this now.
  • 38.2 Uses his feet and does not get to the pitch of the ball. Hayat keeps it out.
  • 38.1 Floats it up on off, Hayat has no clue which way the ball is turning. He tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 37.6 The slower ball, Carter with soft hands tries to guide it down to third man but hits it too close to the keeper who stops it. 183/2
  • 37.5 Tries the same thing again but Khaleel shortens his length. Hayat tries to pull but the ball goes off the bottom half towards mid off for a run.
  • 37.4 FOUR! Top shot! This should get him going. Gives the bowler the charge. Converts the ball into a half-volley and strokes it through extra cover for a boundary. They need a few more.
  • 37.3 On the stumps, kept out. Yet to get off the mark is Hayat.
  • 37.2 On the shorter side and outside off, Carter tries to cut but misses.
  • 37.1 Good length around off, Carter guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 36.6 On the shorter side of things, pulled down to long on for a run. India have tightened the screws now. 2 from this one. Only 3 from the last 3 overs and 2 wickets for them as well. 177/2
  • 36.5 On a flatter trajectory, skidding after landing. Christopher camps back and blocks it.
  • 36.4 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 36.3 The wrong one outside off, Carter reads it off the pitch and cuts it towards point.
  • 36.2 Slower through the air, kept out watchfully.
  • 36.1 Leg bye! Tossed up delivery around off. Hayat comes down the track but is not sure which way the ball is spinning. Ends up getting beaten and the ball kisses his pads to roll to the leg side. A run is stolen.
  • 35.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. End of a brilliant over from Ahmed. A run and a wicket from it. 175/2
  • 35.5 Another appeal but turned down! Length ball again around off, Carter tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Christopher Carter strides out to the middle.
  • 35.4 OUT! No inside edge and Nizakat has to take the long walk back. First ODI wicket for Khaleel and now both the set batsmen are back in the hut. Exactly what India needed, two wickets in quick succession. Khaleel angles this one in from outside off. Nizakat walks across and tries to flick but misses to get hit around the knee roll. The bowler appeals, he falls over while appealing but stands up to see the umpire give it out. Khan reviews it. Time for the replays and they show it is plumb. He walks back by getting dismissed in the nervous 90s, for the third time in his career and probably you can now say the match is slipping away from Hong Kong.
  • Nizakat Khan is a goner! He has been given out LBW, he has reviewed it but it looks plumb. Only an inside edge can save him.
  • 35.3 Three dots now! Suddenly the tide is changing towards India. On a length around off, NK defends it to point.
  • 35.2 Around off, Khan guides it to point.
  • 35.1 On off, Khan defends it.
  • 35.1 WIDE! Goes around the wicket and bowls it down the leg side. The umpire has wided it.
  • 34.6 A little too full this time and Hayat drives it to covers. End of a wicket maiden. Lovely stuff from Kuldeep. 174/1
  • 34.5 AND AGAIN! Another googly, Hayat fails to pick it and is beaten as he tries to defend it.
  • 34.4 BEATEN AGAIN! Loopy googly on off, Hayat prods forward and tries to block but once again is beaten by the away turn.
  • 34.3 BEATEN! Lovely stuff! Tossed it up around off, it is the googly, Hayat lunges and tries to block it out but is beaten.
  • 34.2 Bowled slightly shorter on middle, Hayat defends it.
  • Babar Hayat is the new man in.
  • 34.1 OUT! The change of bowling has done the trick. India have finally broken through. Exactly what India needed, exactly what Rohit Sharma needed. Kuldeep is the man. He has broken the 174-run stand. He tosses this up on off, Anshuman plays the cover drive but fails to keep it down. It goes into the hands of the skipper, Rohit Sharma who takes it. Rath punches his bat in disgust as he now knows this could probably open the floodgates. 112 more needed.
  • Kuldeep Yadav to bowl his 7th over.
  • 33.6 A dot but 7 from it! Just the amount of runs they need every over. On a length and around off, guided towards point. 174/0
  • 33.5 Another single! Smart from the two. Rath this time plays it with an angled bat to third man for a run.
  • 33.4 Now does the sensible thing by guiding it down to third man and taking a run. Singles will do in this over.
  • 33.3 FOUR! SLAPPED! Highest partnership for Hong Kong and Nizakat is into the 90s with that boundary. Width on offer outside off, Khan slashes at it. It flies over point and into the fence.
  • 33.2 Good pace there! On a length around off, it pitches and skids through. Nizakat tries to keep it out but the ball sneaks through even before his bat could come down.
  • 33.1 Attacks the stumps straightaway. Rath works it around the corner on the leg side and gets to the other end.
  • Khaleel Ahmed is brought back on. They are trying everything now. Can the debutant deliver?
  • Time for Drinks! 17 overs to go and Hong Kong need another 119. Game on here! They have 10 wickets in hand and one would feel they are favourites. But due to lack of experience in their squad, you can say it is 50-50. It is all about Hong Kong keeping their nerve. Can they do so or do India have different ideas? We will find out after the break.
  • 32.6 Well bowled! Probably this is the line they should be bowling to Khan! Slower through the air outside off, it pitches and turns away. Nizakat tries to force it through the off side but misses. 167/0
  • 32.5 On the shorter side, Rath goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a run.
  • 32.4 NOT OUT! Anshuman is in! Chahal tosses this up on middle, it turns away. Nizakat tries to drive but gets an outside edge towards short third man. The batsmen go for a run. Kuldeep scores a direct hit at the striker's end. The players appeal and it has been taken upstairs. Replays roll in and they show Rath has made it in with a dive. Yes, his bat did come out of his hand but that after he came inside the crease.
  • A direct hit and is Rath short? Well, he seems to be relaxed but you never know with direct hits.
  • 32.3 With the turn he works it towards square leg for a run.
  • 32.2 Uses his feet but Chahal shortens the length. Anshuman blocks it.
  • 32.1 Tosses this up on off, AR defends it.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is brought back on.
  • 31.6 Just a single to end it! So a good comeback from the bowler. Just 7 from the over despite going for a biggie on the first ball. Rath punches it through covers and takes a run. 164/0
  • 31.5 On the shorter side again but it is fired in on the pads. Rath goes for the pull but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 31.4 No runs again! This is turning out to be a good comeback by Jadhav after going for a biggie on the first ball. He bowls it on the stumps, Rath keeps it out.
  • 31.3 Another dot! This is what they cannot do, a biggie on the first ball, they should now try and rotate strike. Jadhav attacks the stumps, Rath pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 31.2 A dot! Short and outside off, quicker this time. Anshuman cuts it to point.
  • 31.1 SIX! Ideal start to the over! 13 from the last over and now maximum to begin this one. Short and on middle, Rath has all the time in the world, to go back, pick his spot and send it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
  • 30.6 Another one on the pads, Rath this time flicks it to mid-wicket and retains strike. 13 from the over, an expensive one from Shardul and Rohit Sharma will not be happy about that. 157/0
  • 30.5 FOUR! Poor ball and dispatched! Thakur is not having a good day today. He errs in line and bowls it on the pads. Rath is too good a player to miss out. He flicks it fine down the leg side and the ball races away. Second boundary in 3 balls.
  • 30.4 Smart batting! He got a boundary on the last delivery and now, with soft hands, nudges it around the corner for a run.
  • 30.3 FOUR! So intentions are now clear from Khan. He is now going after the bowlers. Takes his front leg out of the way and tries to smack it down the ground. However, the ball takes the outside edge and goes through the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. Hong Kong won't mind how they come as long as they come.
  • 30.2 Fuller outside off, it is stroked through covers for a run.
  • 30.1 Straightaway looks to go after Shardul. Does not want to let him settle. Rath tries to flick it but mistimes it towards square leg for a brace.
  • Shardul Thakur is back into the attack.
  • 29.6 Fullish on off, Khan works it to mid on. 144/0
  • 29.5 In the air... but safe! You can see Nizakat now feeling the pressure. He tries to go big by coming down the track but only manages to get an outside edge. The ball balloons towards short third man where Khaleel runs forward but the ball lands just in front of him. He makes a half-stop and the batsmen run two. This is now the second highest partnership for Hong Kong for any wicket. What a time to register this record, in a do-or-die game and this stand has now given them hope of going all the way in this game.
  • 29.4 Makes room and Kedar follows him. Khan hits it hard back to the bowler. Two dots in a row now.
  • 29.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 29.2 On the shorter side outside off, Rath slaps it through covers for a run.
  • 29.1 Just over! On the shorter side, Anshuman goes back and pulls it, not right off the middle but has enough to clear short mid-wicket and the batsmen run two.
  • 28.6 Fuller on off, driven to mid off. A dot to end the over. 139/0
  • 28.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single
  • 28.4 BEATEN! Good change in pace there. It was the slower ball around off, Rath tries to guide it down to third man but gets beaten.
  • 28.3 Back of a length on off, the batsman stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 28.2 Good running! The boundaries are hard to come by so running between the wickets is very important. It also brings the half century up of the Hong Kong skipper. His 7th in this format. He has played second fiddle and constructed his innings really well. He needs to continue in the same manner and make this knock count. He uses his wrists and tucks this through backward square leg. Runs the first one hard, goes for the second and completes it with ease.
  • 28.1 Angles this into the batsman and it is slightly short. The batsman works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. He needs to continue the good work from the spinners. He was not that impressive in the first spell. Time to bounce back.
  • 27.6 Flatter and quicker outside off, Rath cuts it to point. Just 5 from the last 3 overs and Hong Kong need another 151 from 132 balls. This is where the team with not a lot of experience starts to panic. How will they plan their chase? 135/0
  • 27.5 On the pads, Khan works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 27.4 A yorker and Nizakat jams it out to mid-wicket. Something has to give here, Nizakat is struggling to score runs here, with the run rate increasing, a big shot is around the corner.
  • 27.3 On the stumps, kept out.
  • 27.2 Flatter and around off, Rath punches it through covers for a run.
  • 27.1 This is very good bowling by Jadhav, he has hardly bowled any loose deliveries. He floats it up on off, Anshuman defends it out.
  • 26.6 The batsman has driven it through mid off. Another dot and end of another tight over. The gap between bat and ball increasing now. 133/0
  • 26.5 Almost plays it on! Change of pace from Kuldeep, he bowls it very fast and very full outside off. Khan tries to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge which just about kisses the off pole, hits Dhoni's pad and goes towards short fine leg.
  • 26.4 Nizakat now is struggling to score. The wrong 'un on off, Khan lunges and blocks it out.
  • 26.3 Slightly shorter on off, Anshuman goes back and punches it with the turn through covers for a run. They need to keep doing this.
  • 26.2 Another googly and outside off, bowling to his field is Kuldeep here. Khan tries to cut but gets an outside edge towards short third man for a run.
  • 26.1 Add one more to the amount of dot deliveries bowled! The googly around off, it pitches and turns away. Khan does not pick it and is late to get bat at it.
  • 25.6 Nope! Bowls it on the pads and Nizakat works it through square leg and gets to the other end. Nevertheless, just a run from the over and the pressure is building now as the required run rate is creeping up. 131/0
  • 25.5 5 dots in a row! Jadhav floats it up on middle, it drifts away. NK tries to drive it with a straight bat but the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards point. A maiden?
  • 25.4 And those three dots almost paid off! Nizakat tries something expansive by making room and tries to go over the cover region. Jadhav though fires it full and wide outside off. Khan misses.
  • 25.3 Action replay of the last ball. On the stumps, tucked to mid-wicket. 3 dots, pressure building here.
  • 25.2 On the stumps this time, Khan works it to mid-wicket.
  • 25.1 Fires it outside off, Nizakat tries to force it through the off side but gets beaten. He has got beaten twice or thrice on deliveries outside off. Maybe because of his open stance.
  • 24.6 There is turn but it is slow turn. Ample time for Nizakat to rock back and work it through mid-wicket for a run. Hong Kong need 156 from 150 balls with 10 wickets in hand. They have to keep on playing percentage cricket. India, on the other hand, will want the openers to attempt something extravagant and throw their wickets away. 130/0
  • 24.5 Slower through the air, enough time for Rath to kneel and slog sweep it. Gets it towards wide long on for a run.
  • 24.4 Plays this one with soft hands, takes a single and keeps the scoreboard ticking.
  • 24.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 24.2 Uppish but safe! That was a risky shot though. He got away with it once but this can be dangerous. Floated around off, spinning in. Khan comes down the track and tries to go inside out but ends up getting it off the outer half. The fielders from covers and point run behind but are not able to reach it. Two runs taken.
  • 24.1 Floated delivery on middle and leg, Anshuman clears his front leg and drives it with the spin through mid off for a single.
  • 23.6 Floated delivery in line of the stumps, Khan prods forward in defense. 124/0
  • 23.5 That was intelligently bowled! Around off, drifts away sharply to go past the booming drive of Nizakat. Dhoni takes the bails off but Khan's back foot is grounded inside the crease.
  • 23.4 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 23.3 The shorter length allows Nizakat to camp back and cut it past the diving extra cover fielder for a single.
  • 23.2 Slower through the air and fuller in length, Nizakat comes forward and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • 23.1 Spinning in slowly from a shorter length, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 22.6 Stump-to-stump line from Kuldeep, Nizakat hangs back and dead-bats it. 2 from the over but India need a wicket badly. 121/0
  • 22.5 Leans ahead confidently and pushes it against the spin through covers to change strike.
  • 22.4 Loopy full delivery, kept out nicely off the front foot.
  • 22.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.2 Close! Quicker one outside off, Rath goes for a cut but gets a bottom edge that goes past the off stump and beats the keeper. No single conceded though.
  • 22.1 Waits for the ball to spin back and tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is back into the attack.
  • 21.6 A huge shout for an LBW falls on deaf ears! That looked pretty close though. Jadhav delivers this one from around the wicket and it keeps on coming with the arm. Rath comes forward to defend but is hit flush on the pads. An appeal ensues but the umpire stays put. India do not have the review to go to. Well, the only thing that could have saved the batsman was that it would have missed the leg stump. Yes, the replay confirms that. 119/0
  • 21.5 Slower through the air, driven against the angle through mid on for a run.
  • 21.4 Some room offered outside off, slapped away through point for a single.
  • 21.3 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 21.2 Waits for the ball to arrive and taps it towards point.
  • 21.1 In the air... but safe! A half-tracker, doesn't bounce at all. Rath rocks back and goes for the pull but mistimes it over mid-wicket. It is pretty safe though and falls in no man's land. Two runs taken.
  • The Hong Kong openers are taking in some fluids. The physio is also attending to Nizakat Khan, giving him some stretching.
  • 20.6 Rath is quick to come down the track as he chips this one towards long on for a single. 115/0
  • 20.5 Too short this time, Khan camps back and turns it through wide mid on for a couple.
  • Nizakat Khan is seen limping. Seems to be in some trouble. He has batted so well and his team will want him to carry on.
  • 20.4 Slower through the air, Anshuman leans ahead and knocks it down to long off for a single.
  • 20.3 Similar ball, turned to the leg side again.
  • 20.2 Rath clears his front leg and eases this one with the spin to the leg side.
  • 20.1 A short ball on middle, pulled hard towards deep mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 19.6 Half-tracker from Jadhav. Gets away with it though as it is punched out for just a single. 110/0
  • 19.5 On a flatter trajectory, answered with a straight bat.
  • 19.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Hit hard! Slower through the air on middle, Khan skips down the track and hammers it past Jadhav for a rocketing boundary.
  • 19.2 Leans ahead to the tossed up ball and defends it nicely.
  • 19.1 Oohs and Aahs from the Indians. Jadhav delivers this with his round-arm action on off. It skids though and hurries Nizakat. He tries to push it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Kedar Jadhav comes in for a bowl now. Hong Kong need 182 in 186 balls. Very gettable with 10 wickets in the kitty. India desperately need a breakthrough.
  • 18.6 Floated ball, eased towards mid off for a run. A tidy over from Chahal, only 3 from it. 104/0
  • 18.5 That one spun! Quicker one outside off, turns away sharply to go past the forward prod of Nizakat. Dhoni takes the bails off in a flash but Khan didn't bring his back foot outside the crease.
  • 18.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 18.3 Uses his feet to this one but is not quite to the pitch of it and hence blocks it.
  • 18.2 Similar length ball, cut away but straight to the man at point.
  • 18.1 Shorter in length, punched uppishly towards Chahal but it falls short of him and goes past as well. A run taken.
  • 17.6 Down the leg side, tucked around the corner for a run. 101/0
  • 17.5 On middle and leg, tucked towards square leg.
  • 17.5 Wide! Spinning down the leg side, Nizakat fails to flick it away. 100 up for Hong Kong and this is the first time that an opening pair has raised a century stand for them. The shoulders in the Indian camp are drooping. Hong Kong are certainly in with a shot here.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Picks his spot to perfection! Floated delivery around off, Khan comes down the track and tries to go inside out over extra cover. He is eventually able to do so but by slicing it over the same region. There is no one in the deep and a boundary results. This is the highest opening partnership for Hong Kong in ODIs, 99 to be precise.
  • 17.3 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.2 Slower through the air, Khan knocks it down to long on for a single.
  • 17.1 Tossed up generously, Rath turns it with soft hands through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 16.6 Goes deep in the crease to the quicker one and keeps it out safely. Only 1 from the over, India need more such overs to build the pressure on the opposition. 92/0
  • 16.5 Better from Chahal! Bowls this one slower through the air outside off, Khan goes for a booming drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 16.4 Slower through the air, Nizakat leans ahead and dead-bats it.
  • 16.3 Hangs back to this one and blocks it watchfully.
  • 16.2 Rath is nimble on his feet to this one and works it through mid on to rotate strike.
  • 16.1 On a shorter length and on a flatter trajectory, pushed off the back foot towards mid off.
  • Therockingmonk - '91/0. Wow. What am I seeing? Looks like we are the minnows and Hong Kong are playing like champions. Great batting. But what happened to our bowling?' @Therockingmonk - Well, you know... they might be missing a certain Bumrah here. The bowling has been a bit on the shorter side because the full ball hasn't swung much. Hence that ineffectiveness from Bhuvi.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 15.6 Floated ball in line of the stumps, Khan prods forward in defense. 91/0
  • 15.5 Not out! Yes, it pitched outside leg! India waste their review. Kuldeep slips in the wrong one around leg stump and gets it to spin in from there. Khan tries to clip it across but is hit on the back leg. The Men in Blue go up in unison but the umpire shakes his head. Rohit has a chat with his teammates and finally signals for the 'T.' Time for replays. Well, the ball has pitched outside leg and that's the end of the story.
  • Time for the review! It is against a LBW decision and the man in question is Nizakat Khan. Rohit Sharma asks MS Dhoni regarding it to which he replies that he couldn't spot where the ball pitched. He finally takes the review. Might be pitching outside leg.
  • 15.4 Ball hits the batsman low on the pads. Two runs added to the total. The umpire signals Leg Bye.
  • 15.3 Nizakat clears his front leg and turns it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 15.2 On a flatter trajectory, kept out off the back foot.
  • 15.1 Floated on middle and leg, turned towards square leg.
  • 14.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 89/0
  • 14.5 Well played! Tossed up delivery, Anshuman paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 14.4 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 14.3 Dropped! Not an easy chance but you got to take those when the opposition is going along so well. Tossed up around off, Rath uses his feet but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Ends up pushing it uppishly towards the bowler. He kneels, gets both his hands to it but the ball doesn't stick. How costly will this prove?
  • 14.2 As expected, Chahal drags his length back. Anshuman hangs back and blocks it nicely.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Smart thinking from Rath! He knows that Chahal is bowling slow through the air. He skips down the track, takes it on the full and lifts it over mid-wicket to find the ropes.
  • 13.6 Loopy delivery, driven to sweeper cover for a single. 83/0
  • 13.5 Well bowled! Pushes this quicker through the air outside off. Rath tries to cut it but the ball skids through to beat him.
  • 13.4 Tossed up a bit wider outside off, driven nicely towards covers.
  • 13.3 Tossed up in line of the stumps, Nizakat helps it through square leg for a single.
  • 13.2 The conventional leg spinner this time, Anshuman eases it through covers. A single taken.
  • 13.1 Kuldeep starts off with a wrong one. Rath camps back, reads it off the pitch and cuts it towards point.
  • Kuldeep Yadav to roll his arm over now. He is known to fox top batsmen with his tricks. Needs to pull off a good performance tonight.
  • 12.6 A lot of revs on this one, Rath gets to the pitch of the ball and knocks it down to long on for a run and will retain strike. 80/0
  • 12.5 Slower through the air in line of the stumps, turned towards the leg side.
  • 12.4 The batsman has driven it through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 12.3 Leans ahead to the flighted ball and drives it to long on for a single.
  • 12.2 A shout for an LBW this time but not given! Floated at a slower pace around off, Rath leans ahead and tries to defend it but misses to get hit on the pads. Chahal rises up in an appeal but the umpire stays put. Perhaps that was spinning too much. The replay confirms that.
  • 12.1 Tossed up ball on middle and leg, spinning down. Anshuman comes forward to block it but is hit on the pads. No appeal from the Indians as it would have spun down leg.
  • 11.6 Pitched up ball, kept out watchfully. End of the 10-ball over. 17 runs came off it. 77/0
  • 11.6 Wide! Short ball but it is too short, Khan ducks under it.
  • 11.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 11.4 Fullish ball on leg stump, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 11.3 SIX! Reaches his third ODI fifty in style! He has stood tall and has unsettled the Indian bowlers. Great going! Coming back to the ball, it is short and on middle and leg. Nizakat Khan pulls it with aplomb over mid-wicket to clear the fence with ease. He raises his bat towards the dressing room and gets a warm round of applause.
  • 11.3 No ball! This is the third time that Shardul has overstepped in this over. Worrying signs for India. On a length, tucked towards square leg for a run. Another Free Hit coming up...
  • 11.2 Pitched up ball, driven off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 11.1 The batsman has driven it through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.1 FOUR and a No Ball! This is poor stuff from Thakur as he once again went over the popping crease. Wrong line and length from him as well. It is full and outside off, Khan throws his bat at it and gets it over the short third man fielder to find the fence. With third man coming up, he was only inviting trouble. Free Hit will take place once more...
  • Time for the Free Hit... The field can be changed now as the strike has been rotated. The third man fielder has been brought in.
  • 11.1 No ball! Thakur has overstepped and that too by quite a margin! On a length on middle and leg, helped to square leg for a run.
  • 10.6 Slower through the air, turning away. Nizakat prods forward and presents a water-tight defense. 4 from Chahal's first over. 60/0
  • 10.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 10.4 Loopy delivery, pushed down the track towards the bowler.
  • 10.3 Tossed up delivery, driven nicely off the front foot through mid off for a single.
  • 10.2 Quicker leg spinner outside off, Khan goes for the drive but gets an outside edge past the slip fielder. Will get a single for it.
  • 10.1 On the leg stump line, not much spin there. Anshuman helps it through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 10.1 Wide! Starts off with a loosener. Down the leg side, spinning further down. Rath tries to flick it but misses.
  • Time for Powerplay 2! Maximum of four fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Meanwhile, time for spin. Yuzvendra Chahal comes in for a bowl. Can he break this stand?
  • 9.6 Down the leg side, Nizakat clips it around the corner and comes back for the second run with ease. A good Powerplay 1 for Hong Kong. The openers have batted nicely so far. 56/0
  • 9.5 Length ball outside off, tapped towards point.
  • 9.4 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Shot! On a length, leaving the southpaw. Rath stands in his crease and hits it nicely through point for a rocketing boundary.
  • 9.1 Not out! The dive has saved the Hong Kong skipper! A bullet throw from Khaleel Ahmed though. Almost caught the batsman napping. On a length on the pads, tucked through backward square leg. Rath straightaway calls for two. Ahmed runs in from the deep, attacks the ball and fires an accurate throw to Dhoni who takes the bails off as Anshuman dives to make his ground. It is referred upstairs. The replays find Rath to be safe.
  • Going to be a tight, tight call! The man in question is Anshuman Rath and he dived in on the second run. Has he made it to the crease?
  • 8.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Nizakat Khan is flowing at the moment. Short ball down the leg side, Nizakat gets inside the line and pulls it through find leg to pick up another boundary. 10 from this one. 47/0
  • 8.5 FOUR! Flashes and flashes hard! Short and a lot of room on offer, Khan rises up on his toes and goes for the upper cut. Doesn't get it off the meat but has enough on it to send it over point to find the fence.
  • 8.4 On a good length outside off, punched towards short extra cover where Dhawan makes a nice stop again.
  • 8.3 Dug in short and takes off. Nizakat sits underneath it in a jiffy.
  • 8.2 Good ploy from Bhuvi! He bangs in a bouncer and Nizakat doesn't look in good shape again. Goes for the pull but mistimes it over mid-wicket. A couple taken. The Indian bowlers need to keep on varying their lengths. There is almost no swing on offer at the moment.
  • 8.1 On a length just outside off, angling in. Khan shuffles a touch and drives it towards short extra cover. Dhawan stationed there leaps and collects it nicely.
  • 7.6 Shortish ball on the leg stump line, swiped away through backward square leg for a single. 37/0
  • 7.5 Good length ball on middle and leg, defended besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 7.4 Pitched up ball, Khan leans ahead and blocks it nicely.
  • 7.3 Brilliant from Thakur. Nizakat wasn't expecting the bouncer and he has been caught off guard. Bowls a sharp short ball on middle, Khan was looking to come on the front foot but has to adjust. Gets into a tangle and sways away from the line awkwardly.
  • 7.2 Back of a length outside off, Anshuman glides it towards third man for an easy run.
  • 7.1 Fullish ball outside off, driven with an open bat face towards the point region.
  • Shardul Thakur comes into the attack.
  • 6.6 Short of a length around off, tapped off the back foot towards cover-point. 9 from the over. 35/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Too straight and gets the punishment! On a length, down the leg side, all Nizakat has to do is to tickle it and he does so. Gets it past the keeper and through to the fence.
  • 6.4 Back of a length ball, Khan camps back and defends it to the off side.
  • 6.3 FOUR! Just a mere push and away she goes! Overpitched on middle, Nizakat takes a small step forward and punches it on the up past the non-striker. Has timed it really well to pick up another boundary. He is looking in good shape.
  • 6.3 Wide! The variation has gone awry. Kumar tries the knuckle ball but ends up slipping it down the leg side. Khan fails to put it away.
  • 6.2 Kumar opts to bowl this one up in line of the stumps, Nizakat leans ahead and defends it nicely.
  • 6.1 Khan camps back to the length ball and defends it with authority.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Class written all over that stroke! Fullish delivery outside off, Rath gets to the pitch of it and with a high elbow creams it through covers to find the desired result. This has been a good start from Hong Kong, they need to keep the scoreboard ticking. 26/0
  • 5.5 Straying on the hips, tickled to fine leg for a single.
  • 5.4 Not what you expect from a top ODI side! Rohit Sharma won't be happy one bit. Pitched up ball, driven towards mid on. Thakur there makes a mess of it to concede a run.
  • 5.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.2 Back of a length ball in line of the stumps, answered with a straight bat from the comfort of the crease.
  • 5.1 Good length ball outside off, tapped past the point region to rotate strike.
  • 4.6 Short of a length ball, angling in. Anshuman hangs back to keep it out but gets hit above the knee roll. No real appeal as it was pretty high. 19/0
  • 4.5 In the air... but Anshuman gets away with it! Length ball around off, Rath leans ahead and tries to drive it on the up. Gets it off the outer half of the bat though as the ball flies over the extra cover region. The fielder chases it but the ball lands down safely. Two runs taken. The Hong Kong skipper finally gets off the mark, on his 11th delivery.
  • 4.4 Hangs back to the short of a length ball and stonewalls it.
  • 4.3 Fractionally overpitched around off, Rath comes forward and drives it crisply to mid off. He could have found the gap there, needs to focus on that.
  • 4.2 Full and straight this time, Rath stays nicely balanced and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 4.1 Length ball on off, holding its line, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Shoddy fielding! India can't afford to take it lightly on the field. This will only hamper Khaleel's confidence. On a length well outside off, Nizakat places it towards cover-point. Karthik stationed there makes a mess of it and concedes a boundary. 8 from the over. 17/0
  • 3.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Nicely done! On a length and there is a lot of room on offer. This time Nizakat doesn't go at it with hard hands. He waits for it and drives it with an open bat face through point to find the fence.
  • 3.3 That was a loose shot! Could well have cost him his wicket. Good length ball wide outside off, Khan goes chasing after it but fails to put bat to ball. That was very near to catching the outside edge.
  • 3.2 Pitched up ball around off, Nizakat comes ahead and defends it right under his eyes.
  • 3.1 Fractionally overpitched on middle, helped to the leg side.
  • 2.6 A bit too straight this time, clipped towards mid-wicket. 9/0
  • 2.5 Beaten! That was a peach. On a length on off, seams away after pitching. Rath expecting it to swing in tries to block it but the ball seams away a wee bit to go past his hanging bat.
  • 2.4 Full delivery attacking the stumps, kept out watchfully.
  • 2.3 Edged but safe! Leaving the southpaw on a fuller length. Rath comes forward tentatively and gets a thick outside edge that goes to Dhawan at wide first slip but on the bounce. Soft hands from the batsman saved him there.
  • 2.2 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 2.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Khan leans into it and places it through the gap between cover-point and point. Rayudu hares after it from the former position and slides near the fence to keep the batsmen down to a couple.
  • 1.6 Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Rath hops and defends it towards square leg. A decent start from the debutant, only 1 from his first over. 6/0
  • 1.5 Well bowled! Khaleel pulls his length back and bowls it around the hips of the batsman. He is hurried a touch and gets it off the outer half towards cover-point. A slight misfield from the fielder allows the batsmen to cross over.
  • 1.4 Khaleel is pitching it up but there is not much movement in the air at the moment. Nizakat eases it towards mid off.
  • 1.3 Similar delivery, pushed with an angled blade towards point.
  • 1.2 On the same length but a bit wider from the right-hander. He leans ahead confidently and pushes it to cover-point.
  • 1.1 Ahmed starts off with a full delivery on off. There is a hint of an inward swing. Khan covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • Khaleel Ahmed to bowl with the second new ball from the other end. A big moment for the debutant. Can he rise to the occasion?
  • 0.6 Pitched up ball on middle and leg, tucked towards short mid-wicket. 5/0
  • 0.5 Back of a length ball well outside off, Khan has ample time as the pitch is pretty slow and he guides it towards third man to rotate strike.
  • 0.4 Better from Kumar! It is on a fuller length around off and it seams in a touch after landing. Nizakat comes forward and dead-bats it.
  • 0.3 A bit wider this time, swinging further away. The right-hander doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 0.2 Length ball on the sixth stump channel. Nizakat plants his front foot across to let it be.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Almost a wicket on the first ball though! Nizakat Khan would have had his heart in his mouth! Good length ball well outside off, Khan pushes at it away from his body and gets a thick outside edge. Dhawan at first slip stretches out his right hand but the ball goes just past him in a flash and through to the fence.
  • We are back for the chase. The men who are concerned are back in the middle. Hong Kong have momentum on their side. Can they put it to good use? If they do, we will have a cracking contest in our hands. It is always good to see minnows put up a fight. Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath to open the batting for Hong Kong. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to steam in with the first new ball. Only a sole slip in place. Here we go...

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IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
0 0 0 0 0
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3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245