Highlights, India vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai, Full Cricket Score: India post hard-fought 26-run win over Hong Kong

Highlights, India vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai, Full Cricket Score: India post hard-fought 26-run win over Hong Kong

That's the end of it. India struggled hard for this win. But thanks to the brilliant Khaleel Ahmed, India have pulled this off. Kudos to Hong Kong for their resillience and waking up India.

01:25 (IST)

An unexpected match comes to an end and Rohit Sharma must be taking a sigh of big relief. Looking at it from a different point of view, this could be a blessing in disguise for India as it has given them a wake-up call. 

Now, it is the turn of the mother of all battles - India taking on Pakistan on 19 September. The match begins at 5 pm IST and we will be back with over-by-over updates again. So do come in again tomorrow. Till then goodbye and goodnight. 

01:23 (IST)

Man of the match is Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan: I was doing my process and working hard. I knew runs were going to come. I was not taking extra risks today. My intent was positive. It was a pitch where the ball was coming slow. 

01:21 (IST)

Rohit Sharma, India captain: Eventually, to win the game is very important. We had a pretty inexperienced bowling lineup. We made mistakes where we could've attacked, or been a little defensive. This tournament is all about learning, and these guys will learn from the mistakes. At the time when the going is tough, you need character. Gotta give credit to Hong Kong. Great partnership by those two openers. For us, it was a great learning curve. We will be put under pressure at times. Shikhar was a great positive. And Ambati Rayudu as well, playing after a long time. Khaleel is a very exciting player to have in our squad. Very exciting to see how he goes about things. He came back really well, and that is what I look forward to as a captain. He really found a way to come back and stick to his strength. No issues as of now. We rested a few guys, hoping they'll be fresh tomorrow. 

01:12 (IST)

Highest opening stands in losing cause in run-chases: 


188 - Tillakaratne Dilshan/Upul Tharanga v India, Rajkot, 2009

174 - NIZAKAT KHAN/ANSHUMAN RATH v India, Dubai, 2018*

166 - Jesse Ryder/Brendon McCullum v India, Christchurch, 2009

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

01:12 (IST)
01:09 (IST)

Anshuman Rath, Hong Kong captain: I think we got a great start. We lost key wickets at key time. Credit to Indian bowlers as they bowled to the plan. Going into this tournament, we had no pressure, we did well. Super proud of the boys. Loads of stand out. Nizakat's innings, he batted beautifully. Death bowling was good. They could have scored 350 but our bowlers stuck at it. 

01:04 (IST)

After 50 overs,Hong Kong 259/8 ( Tanwir Afzal 12 , Ehsan Nawaz 2)

India win by 26 runs. 

That's the end of it. India struggled hard for this win. But thanks to the brilliant Khaleel Ahmed, India have pulled this off. Kudos to Hong Kong for their resillience and waking up India. 

01:00 (IST)
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OUT! Slower from Khaleel and Ehsan Khan does not judge it well, scoops one into the air and Khaleel comfortably comes under the ball to catch it. Ehsan Khan c and b Khaleel Ahmed 22(25)

00:59 (IST)

Khaleel to complete his quota. 

00:59 (IST)

After 49 overs,Hong Kong 256/7 ( Ehsan Khan 22 , Tanwir Afzal 11)

Bhuvneshwar continues and bowls his last over today. Indians are just one over away from a victory, which has come after some real struggle. Pakistan should thank Hong Kong for tiring the Indians out in this game. They have less than 24 hours to recuperate and come back again to face the arch-rivals. 

00:59 (IST)
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FOUR! Afzal hits is straight and the player at mid-off cannot save this one.

Highlights

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Highlights, India vs Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai, Full Cricket Score: India post hard-fought 26-run win over Hong Kong

Latest Update: That's the end of it. India struggled hard for this win. But thanks to the brilliant Khaleel Ahmed, India have pulled this off. Kudos to Hong Kong for their resillience and waking up India.

The Asia Cup live match is being telecast on Star Sports 1 and 1 HD, Select 1 and Select 1 HD and Hindi 1 and Hindi 1 HD. The Asia Cup live streaming will take place on Hotstar.

Preview: Favourites India will look to overpower Hong Kong in their Asia Cup opener and prepare for the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan the next day.

Hong Kong, expectedly, lost to Pakistan by eight wickets in their first game. India, who even without talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, should give them the same treatment.

India captain Rohit Sharma and Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath. AFP

India captain Rohit Sharma and Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath. AFP

Under Rohit Sharma's captaincy and with experienced M.S. Dhoni in their ranks, India will look to get their combination right in the first game before the tougher test of Pakistan on which all eyes will rest.

Besides Rohit, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav add teeth to their batting while in the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal throw up a lot of variety.

The Asia Cup will once again bring to the fore Dhoni's batting frailties with age as his strike rate has been below par in recent limited overs matches. The celebrated former India captain, known for his big hitting skills, has been a pale shadow of his former self lately and will once again come under the scanner if the same trend continues.

India's middle order is an issue too and needs to be resolved ahead of the World Cup next year.

The Bumrah-Bhuvneshwar combination will be back in action along with the Kuldeep-Chahal combination, which has been a steady set-up for past one year.

Back in the mix after a back injury, Bhuvneshwar will also look to use the Hong Kong game as a warm-up ahead of the Pakistan tie.

He recently came back to competitive cricket for India A against South Africa A.

Squads

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (Captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: September 19, 2018 01:27:58 IST

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