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India vs Hong Kong - 4th Match, Group A

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 18 September 2018

Hong Kong 259/8 (50 Ovs) RR: 5.18 | India won by 26 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Nizakat Khan lbw K Khaleel Ahmedlbw K Khaleel Ahmed92115121
Anshuman Rath c Rohit & b Kuldeep Yadavc Rohit & b Kuldeep Yadav739741
Babar Hayat c Dhoni & b Chahalc Dhoni & b Chahal182012
Christopher Carter c Dhoni & b K Khaleel Ahmedc Dhoni & b K Khaleel Ahmed31100
Kinchit Shah c Dhawan & b Chahalc Dhawan & b Chahal171501
Ehsan Khan c K Khaleel Ahmed & b K Khaleel Ahmedc K Khaleel Ahmed & b K Khaleel Ahmed222500
Aizaz Khan lbw Chahallbw Chahal0100
Scott McKechnie stumped Kuldeep Yadavstumped Kuldeep Yadav7610
Tanwir Afzal Not OutNot Out121011
Ehsan Nawaz Not OutNot Out2300
Nadeem Ahmed dnbdnb0000
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 4, w 6, nb 3)
Total 259 (8 Wkts, 50 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
174-1 (Anshuman Rath,34.1), 175-2 (Nizakat Khan,35.4), 191-3 (Christopher Carter,39.1), 199-4 (Babar Hayat,40.2), 227-5 (Kinchit Shah,44.2), 228-6 (Aizaz Khan,44.4), 240-7 (Scott McKechnie,46.3), 256-8 (Ehsan Khan,49.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9 0 50 0 5.56
K Khaleel Ahmed10 0 48 3 4.80
Shardul Thakur4 0 41 0 10.25
Yuzvendra Chahal10 0 46 3 4.60
Kuldeep Yadav10 2 42 2 4.20
Kedar Jadhav7 0 28 0 4.00
Rohit Sharma0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Ambati Rayudu0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0
MS Dhoni0 0 0 0 0


In the end what was meant to be an informal audition has seen India breaking a lot of sweat. How much bearing will this have on India's performance tomorrow? I had it on my wish list as a question to Rohit Sharma. He did mention they are up for it. Mentally - yes, physically - ?. The answers will unravel tomorrow. Until then, this is Kumar Abhisekh Das who bids adieu on behalf of his esteemed mates - Vineet Anantharaman, Akshay Maanay, Nikhil Jadhav, Hariprasad Sadanandan and Mukesh.

Shikhar Dhawan: I was doing my process and was working hard. I was being patient. I knew that runs gonna come and had the belief in my process. I was not taking extra risk today and was just playing on the merit of the ball. My intent was always positive. They were bowling in the right areas as well. One of their bowlers was not very quick but he landed it in right areas on a pitch where the ball was coming slowly on to the bat.

Rohit Sharma, winning captain: Not a lot of things went to plan. But to win the game is very important. We always knew it was not going to be easy. We had a pretty inexperienced bowling line up but having said that there are no excuses. We made our mistakes where we could have attacked or we could have defended better. This tournament is all about learning. And these guys will learn. But in the end, these guys have done the job in the past. When the going gets tough, you need characters and a couple of the characters did well. You have to give credit to Hong Kong. They played really well and showed good determination. Great partnership and great batting from those two openers. Great learning for the bowling group. To handle the situations was important. It was better to have this in the first game of the tournament. Shikhar was a great positive. He had a long tour of England but he came back determined. It was not easy out there. Ambati got a brilliant fifty as well. Khaleel is a very exciting player to have in our squad. Today, he showed that despite not starting well he found a way to come back. And that is what as a captain I need. He stuck to his strength and got his rewards. We know we are playing back-to-back matches and that is why we rested a few players considering the amount of cricket we have played. We are looking forward to the game tomorrow.

Anshuman Rath, losing captain: (On the performance) We are proud but it is bitter sweet. We were in a position to win and probably should have. We had a good start but lost too many key wickets in the middle but credit to the Indian bowlers. They bowled well and bowled to their plans. (On Hong Kong's fearless brand of cricket) We have had no pressure coming into the tournament and wanted to play with a smile on our faces on the big stage. We've done that and done ourselves proud. (Whether the team had responded well after the last defeat) Yes, would have been great if we had rolled over the best team in the world, wasn't to be but super proud of the boys. (On the positives) Loads of them, Nizakat's innings at the top was really good, he had been batting at 4 during the Qualifiers and gave the nod to bat up. Then our bowling in the death, gave just 48 off the last 10 overs and that against the best ODI side in the world really means a lot. Shows the brand of cricket we play. The way Shikhar batted, Rayudu batted well and they could have got 350 but we stuck at it in this heat to pull it back.


Highest totals by Associate teams vs India:
265/5 Ken, Gwalior, 1998
259/8 HK, Dubai, 2018 *
259 Ire, Hamilton, 2015

Highest opening stands in losing run chases:
188 T Dilshan - U Tharanga v Ind Rajkot 2009
174 NIZAKAT KHAN - A RATH v Ind Dubai 2018
166 J Ryder - B McCullum v Ind Christchurch 2009
165 N Knight - M Trescothick v Aus Hobart 2003


India have managed to get out of a self-made maze. They huffed and puffed for a major part of it but held their nerves when it mattered the most to win by 26 runs. It was about the tail-spin! India fluffed their chance of getting beyond 300 by adding only 48 in their last 10 and Hong Kong ran out of fuel when the finish line was at the next bend. Erstwhile, India settled for only 285 despite a Shikhar Dhawan special. They lost too many wickets in the end and even then everyone thought how quickly would India finish it off. But all and sundry were in for a humble pie treat from Hong Kong. An opening partnership of 174 runs from Nizakat Khan(92) and Anshuman Rath(73) ensured India had to pinch themselves out of the nightmare. And once awake, the latex-laden wrists of Kuldeep and Chahal took over. Their 20 overs together went for 88 and more importantly scalped 5 wickets. But that was not it. The debutant - Khaleel Ahmed - might have been an obscure name, not anymore. His spirited spells after the 35-over mark tilted the beam hugely in India's favor as well.

Khaleel Ahmed to Tanwir Afzal, no run, in the blockhole zone from round the wicket and the batsman misses. India win by 26 runs or rather Hong Kong lose by 26 runs. So near yet so far..
Khaleel Ahmed to Nawaz, 1 run, back of a length delivery and has been steered away to third man for a single. 27 runs off the final ball. Well tried Hong Kong
Khaleel Ahmed to Nawaz, no run, drops the ball short but cramps the batsman for room. Nawaz backed away to cut it but missed
Khaleel Ahmed to Tanwir Afzal, 1 run, pushes the ball away to cover for a single. The bowler aimed for the sticks as he saw the batsman backing away
Khaleel Ahmed to Nawaz, 1 run, too full and has been pushed away into the off-side for a single

Khaleel Ahmed - 16th Indian bowler to take three wickets on ODI debut. None of the previous 15 took the fourth wicket

Ehsan Nawaz, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, out Caught&Bowled!! The slower ball gets the better of the batsman. Ehsan Khan was trying to line up for a big shot and then ended up getting a leading edge as he tried to clip the ball away. The ball seemed to have held on the batsman and the bowler himself got under it to take it. Third wicket of the evening for Khaleel Ahmed. Ehsan Khan c and b Khaleel Ahmed 22(25)

Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

So, 30 off the final over.

Bhuvneshwar to Tanwir Afzal, FOUR, another highish full toss and has been clubbed down the ground for a four. Did not time it but got enough wood on it to send it past mid-off for a four
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, slightly highish full toss and the batsman knocks the ball away to mid-wicket for a single
Bhuvneshwar to Tanwir Afzal, leg byes, 1 run, another one aimed at the boot. The batsman failed to get bat on it and off the ricochet they get a single
Bhuvneshwar to Tanwir Afzal, no run, slower delivery and has been mistimed away into the on-side towards mid-wicket
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, right up there and the batsman gets it off the toe-end and then into the pads for a single
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, no run, chips down the track and looks to whirlwind the ball away only to miss it

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [8.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack

37 off 12 balls looks beyond Hong Kong's reach now

Khaleel Ahmed to Tanwir Afzal, no run, length delivery angling in and the batsman gets cramped up as he tried to tuck the ball away. Another dot ball
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, mini-helicopters the ball away to long-on as it was full enough to ensure the batsman had difficulty in getting under it
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, no run, slower ball again outside off and the batsman was through his slog a bit too early and misses it. Back-to-back dot balls

This young man is here to stay!

Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, no run, looks to dance out and go big. Misses as the slower ball was doled out well outside off

This is now the highest total for Hong Kong against a Full Member surpassing 241/8 vs Afghanistan in Bulawayo in 2018

Khaleel Ahmed to Tanwir Afzal, 1 run, tailing in full toss and has been driven through the off-side for a single. 38 now
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, lifts the ball awkwardly over the bowler's head for a single as he could not get under the length ball

40 off 18 can be done.

Kuldeep Yadav to Tanwir Afzal, SIX, gets under the ball and biffs the ball over the bowler's head for a sixer. And again Hong Kong just about managing to be breathing down India's neck at the final bend


Fewest ODIs to 50 wickets:
19 A Mendis
23 A Agarkar/ M McClenaghan
24 D Lillee/ Hasan Ali/ KULDEEP
25 S Warne/ M Henry

Fewest ODIs to 50 wickets for India:
23 A Agarkar
28 J Bumrah
29 M Shami
31 I Pathan
32 A Mishra

Fewest ODIs to 50 wickets among spinners:
19 A Mendis
25 S Warne
26 Rashid Khan
28 Saqlain Mushtaq/ Imran Tahir


Kuldeep Yadav to Tanwir Afzal, no run, strides forward and defends it into the off-side
Kuldeep Yadav to Tanwir Afzal, no run, the googly again and has been defended into the off-side

Tanwir Afzal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Kuldeep Yadav to Scott McKechnie, out Stumped!! Charges out and misses the googly. That was flighted outside off and the batsman took the bait only to be dismissed. 50th ODI wicket for Kuldeep. And he will cherish this for a long time to come because India were cornered in this defence of 286 for a long time. The deception was spot on as the flight was above the eye-line. Scott McKechnie st Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 7(6) [4s-1]

Kuldeep Yadav to Scott McKechnie, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!


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