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India vs Hong Kong - 4th Match, Group A

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

49.6
0
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..
49.5
1
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
49.4
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nawaz, no run, drops the ball short but cramps the batsman for room. Nawaz backed away to cut it but missed
49.3
1
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
49.2
1
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

49.1
0
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.

48.6
4
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
48.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, slightly highish full toss and the batsman knocks the ball away to mid-wicket for a single
48.4
1
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
48.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Tanwir Afzal, no run, slower delivery and has been mistimed away into the on-side towards mid-wicket
48.2
1
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
48.1
0
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

47.6
0
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
47.5
1
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
47.4
0
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!

47.3
0
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

47.2
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Tanwir Afzal, 1 run, tailing in full toss and has been driven through the off-side for a single. 38 now
47.1
1
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.

46.6
6
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

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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
24 KULDEEP YADAV
28 J Bumrah
29 M Shami
31 I Pathan
32 A Mishra

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

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46.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Tanwir Afzal, no run, strides forward and defends it into the off-side
46.4
0
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

46.3
0
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!!

46.2
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Scott McKechnie, FOUR, goes for the reverse and reverse shovels the ball over backward point for a four. That will do!
46.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, takes the flighted ball from the sticks and paddles it fine for a single before the man at short fine leg could cut it off

Kuldeep Yadav [9.0-2-31-1] is back into the attack

Final over from Kuldeep. He has been excellent as well. Kept it tight for the Indians when the pressure was on. Did not try too many things and just stuck to bowling tight lines.

45.6
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Scott McKechnie, no run, that was a full, swinging in delivery and the ugly swipe across the line yields no result
45.5
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Scott McKechnie, no run, stays behind the line of the ball and guides the slower ball to find the keeper on the bounce. 51 needed now. The equation going out of hand
45.4
2
Khaleel Ahmed to Scott McKechnie, 2 runs, walks across his sticks and clips the ball away behind square for a double. The man at fine leg got to it but failed to stop the second
45.3
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, short ball and skidding through. The batsman inside edges the ball on to his body and gets a single. Khaleel Ahmed got the ball and released a throw at the bowler's end, which was miles off the mark
45.2
2
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, 2 runs, jumps out to a delivery which landed in the blockhole spot outside off. The ball squirted out fine towards third man for KJ to pull it back
45.1
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Ehsan Khan, no run, length delivery and has been pushed back to the bowler. The batsman could not get the room to free his arms over there

K Khaleel Ahmed [7.0-0-37-2] is back into the attack

Last 5 overs..Two each from Bhuvi and Khaleel and one from Kuldeep should suffice. Rohit has got Khaleel back into the attack now.

44.6
1
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, stays behind the line of the ball and works it just behind square for a single. End of another fine spell from the leggie. Possibly a match winning one
44.5
1
Chahal to Scott McKechnie, 1 run, works the ball away into the on-side for a single

Scott McKechnie, right handed bat, comes to the crease

58 off 32 looks massive

44.4
0
Chahal to Aizaz Khan, out Lbw!! Misreads the googly and looks to clip the ball away only to miss it. Chahal strikes again. That was as dead as a dodo. Third wicket for Chahal. Rohit is happy as well and so are the Indian fans as the air of tension seems to be easing out now. Aizaz Khan lbw b Chahal 0(1)

Chahal to Aizaz Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

44.3
1
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, chips down the track and then nudges the ball away into the on-side with a glued set of bat and pad

Aizaz Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

44.2
0
Chahal to KD Shah, out Caught by Dhawan!! Well floated outside off and the batsman trying to slog sweep it, got it off the top-edge to slice it. The man at backward point got under it and took it with elan. Dhawan does his Kabaddi type celebration as well. He could do no wrong today. India back on top. KD Shah c Dhawan b Chahal 17(15) [6s-1]

Chahal to KD Shah, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

44.1
0
Chahal to KD Shah, no run, the flighted googly outside off and the batsman backing away, gets beaten!
43.6
2
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 2 runs, 7 off the over as the batsman danced out to slam the drive on the up and get it through cover. 59 off the last 6 overs
43.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, 1 run, that bounces a bit more and the batsman gets squared up to outer edge the ball away into the off-side for a single. 61 needed now
43.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers the ball down to third man for a single. So far so good for Hong Kong as they have easily milked singles off every ball
43.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, 1 run, slashes the ball outside off and gets it to deep cover for a single
43.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, drops the ball down into the on-side with soft hands to steal a single. Rohit at short mid-wicket could not cut the single down
43.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, 1 run, outside edges the ball away to deep third man for a single as the ball was full and wide

Hong Kong just refuse to bow down here. Every time it has looked like that India will pip ahead, Hong Kong have done enough to pull themselves back in the race.

This is now the highest total for Hong Kong in a run chase in ODI surpassing 213 vs Scotland in Edinburgh in 2016

42.6
1
Chahal to KD Shah, 1 run, front footed stride and pushed into the off-side for a single. 13 off that over
42.5
0
Chahal to KD Shah, no run, too full, jams the ball back to the bowler. Precious dot ball
42.4
3
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 3 runs, now paddles it fine! Dhawan cuts it off in the end. They come back for a triple. This is sloppy from Chahal. 12 off the over already
42.3
2
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 2 runs, goes for the inside out drive and gets it over cover for a double. The man at long-off had to do the hard yards to fetch it back
42.2
1
Chahal to KD Shah, 1 run, runs the googly down to short third man for a single
42.1
6
Chahal to KD Shah, SIX, Hong Kong are not ready to put in the towel yet! Fetches the flighted ball from well outside off and deposits that one over deep mid for a sixer. Whatta start to the over!
41.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, 1 run, charges out and tucks the ball away to deep mid for a single. The two batsmen were culprit of ball watching and collided with each other mid-way on the pitch. Only 4 runs off that over. The required rate is almost 10
41.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, wide, slants the ball too wide outside off and has been left alone as the batsman earned a wide
41.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, steers the ball away to third man for a single
41.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, no run, charges out and pushes the ball away to the man at cover
41.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, no run, looks to push the ball away into the off-side and get a quick single but fails to do it as his partner sent him back
41.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Ehsan Khan, no run, length delivery and has been turned away to the man at mid-wicket
41.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to KD Shah, 1 run, punched into the covers for a single as he stood tall to get it in the gap

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [6.0-0-33-0] is back into the attack

Nine more overs to go. Three to be bowled between the spinners. The other six will have to be burdened by Bhuvi and other seamers.

40.6
1
Chahal to KD Shah, 1 run, gets his front foot forward and drives the ball through the covers for a single
40.5
1
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, short ball, hangs back and cuts the ball away to deep cover for a single
40.4
1
Chahal to KD Shah, 1 run, drives the googly away and gets it past cover for a single to long-off
40.3
1
Chahal to Ehsan Khan, 1 run, kneels down and paddles the ball fine to fine leg for a single

Ehsan Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

40.2
0
Chahal to Hayat, out Caught by Dhoni!! That takes the edge. The flighted ball outside off and Hayat threw his bat at it to edge it to the keeper. India and Chahal strike big here as Hayat was getting into some sort of a rhythm. The elusive edge was finally kissed by the leather. Chahal has evoked many false shots but finally something to show for in the wickets column. Hayat c Dhoni b Chahal 18(20) [4s-1 6s-2]

Chahal to Hayat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

40.1
1
Chahal to KD Shah, 1 run, flighted around off, driven to long-off

Yuzvendra Chahal [7.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Last 10 overs and Hong Kong need 88 runs. Still possible and they need to believe in themselves. Hayat will be the key man and if Shah and the rest play around him, they can certainly pull this off. India still have four overs of spin. That might be crucial for them.. Here's Chahal

39.6
6
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, SIX, stand and deliver! Khaleel has his hands on his head. But that was a good shot. The slower delivery sat up on the surface, Hayat smashed it through the line flat and over Dhawan at long-off
39.5
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, no run, change of pace now, the youngster showing his variations, Hayat dabs it to backward point
39.4
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, no run, fuller than a good length and Hayat winds up for a big mow, dragged off the inner portion of the bat to mid-on
39.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, no run, pounded back of a length and almost had another batsman guiding it into the mitts of Dhoni, Hayat had a poke and miss
39.2
1
Khaleel Ahmed to KD Shah, 1 run, short of length outside off, punched square on the off-side, for a single

Kinchit Shah, left handed bat, comes to the crease

39.1
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, out Caught by Dhoni!! Second wicket for Khaleel. Simple offering for Dhoni. The hard length bowled with a cross-seam, just kept coming with the angle, Carter wanted to steer it to third man, but got it finer than he would have liked. India slowly getting hold of the game. Christopher Carter c Dhoni b Khaleel Ahmed 3(11)

Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Dhoni and Rohit involved in a long discussion. Might be regarding the bowling changes. For now Khaleel will continue..

38.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, 1 run, tossed up on a fuller length, driven crisply to long-off
38.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, 1 run, shimmies down and almost yorks himself, squeezed out to long-off

The ball is stuck in a place inside the sightscreen where it is not accessible. So the fourth umpire comes out with a box of old balls. Umpire Tucker selects one.

38.4
6
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, SIX, right over the sightscreen. He's looked more comfortable when using his feet. Didn't get to the pitch of the ball but used his long reach to tonk it straight back. Cleared the rope with ease
38.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, appeal for LBW but Hayat had left the crease and the ball also might have pitched outside leg, missed the flick and is rapped on the pads
38.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, comes down the track and is greeted by the googly, knocked to mid-wicket
38.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, wrong 'un on off and middle, Hayat somehow manages to get an inside edge onto the back pad
37.6
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, no run, slower short of length delivery, Carter runs it delicately to the right of Dhoni, who dives full length and makes an important block
37.5
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, 1 run, once again advances and this time Khaleel is smarter, banged it short and made it more difficult, flat-batted pull off the splice to the right of mid-off, just a single
37.4
4
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, FOUR, that's one way of dealing with things. Charges down and converts it into a full delivery, drives through the line past the diving cover, with mid-off also up in the circle the ball raced away to the fence
37.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, no run, on a length around off, Hayat prods forward and blocks to cover
37.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Hayat, no run, yes there was width outside off, but there was no footwork whatsoever. Hayat stood in the crease and had a waft at that, beaten on the outside edge
37.1
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, 1 run, continues from round the wicket.. Back of a length around off, Carter hangs back and steers it with an angled bat to third man
36.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, 1 run, turning in and Carter is cramped on the pull, mistimed to long-on
36.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, no run, once more can't get the back foot punch past the cover fielder
36.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, no run, dabbed with an open bat face in front of backward point
36.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, no run, wrong 'un on a shortish length, Carter stays back and forces it to cover
36.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Christopher Carter, no run, flighted on middle and leg, blocked to cover
36.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, leg byes, 1 run, comes down the track and is beaten by the inward turn, off the pad and into the leg-side

Highest score for maiden victim (India):
S Anwar (95) - R Dravid 1999
Nizakat Khan (92) - Khaleel Ahmed 2018*
J Edrich (90) - S Venkatraghavan 1974
B Taylor (81) - Vinay Kumar 2010

35.6
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, no run, short of length on off, Carter stands tall and drops it dead near his feet
35.5
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Christopher Carter, no run, huge shout for LBW. This time the umpire remains unmoved. Another angled in from round the wicket and Carter ekes out an inside edge onto the pad, that might have saved him there

Christopher Carter, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.4
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, out Lbw!! HK review: Nizakat had to go for it. He's the set batsman. Fair delivery. No bat as per UltraEdge. Now onto ball-tracking: Pitching - In-Line. Impact - In-Line. Wickets - Hitting. Maiden ODI wicket for Khaleel Ahmed. He's pumped up. Got the important wicket of Nizakat. Slanted in from round the wicket, Nizakat plays all round it in an order to work it into the on-side, struck on the kneeroll in front of the stumps. The umpire took his time before raising his finger. But it was the right decision in the end. For the third time Nizakat is out in the 90s. He deserved a hundred today. Special innings that has given a nation hope. Meanwhile, India are back in business. Nizakat Khan lbw b Khaleel Ahmed 92(115) [4s-12 6s-1]

Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

35.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, stays his crease and dangles his bat outside off to push the ball away into the off-side
35.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, once again dabs it to DK at backward point. No chance of stealing a single
35.1
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, on a length and outside off, Nizakat angles it with an open bat face to a backward point, who is well behind square - specifically placed to stop the single down to third man
35.1
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, wide, round the wicket and splays it down leg, Nizakat does not meet with the glance. Just a wide. Could have been lot more had he got bat to that
34.6
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, wicket maiden! Shortens the length on the googly and Hayat reads it off the surface, hangs back and knocks it gently towards cover
34.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, three in a row. Flighted and drawing the batsman forward, the ball dips and the googly turns away to beat the outside edge. Dhoni whips the bails off but Hayat had not left the crease
34.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, now decides he will deal with Kuldeep off the back foot, but still no go. The googly dips and rips past the poking blade. Two in two and suddenly there is a spring in India's steps

Slip in

34.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, wrong ' un and Hayat has no clue about it. He pressed forward thinking the ball would turn in, but it drifts away to beat the outside edge
34.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Hayat, no run, hangs back and knocks the chinaman back to Kuldeep

Babar Hayat, right handed bat, comes to the crease

34.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, out Caught by Rohit!! There's the wicket. For the XI on the field. For the millions watching the partnership is finally broken. Rath is livid with himself. Lets out a roar and thuds his gloves hard into the bat. Nonetheless, the 20-year-old Hong Kong skipper walks off to a standing ovation. He has put his team in ascendancy and it is up to the rest to take them over the line. Flighted full delivery and the intent to be more aggressive makes Rath drive it in the air towards cover, the ball was traveling quickly and Rohit took a sharp one. He couldn't afford to drop that. Sighs in relief and the crowd also find their voice. Anshuman Rath c Rohit b Kuldeep Yadav 73(97) [4s-4 6s-1]

Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Kuldeep Yadav [6.0-1-22-0] is back into the attack

33.6
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, fuller than a good length and Nizakat is content with a forward block
33.5
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, that's all they need to do. Got the boundary for the over and now deal in singles. Waits for the back of a length delivery and then guides it deftly to third man
33.4
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, uses the angle of the left-armer and steers a single to third man

Highest partnerships for HK in ODIs:
172 A RATH - NIZAKAT KHAN *
170 A Rath - Nizakat Khan (4th) v Sco, 2016
142 A Rath - Babar Hayat (2nd) v PNG, 2017
120*A Rath - Babar Hayat (4nd) v PNG, 2016
101 Tanvir Afzal - Aizaz Khan (8th) v UAE, 2015

33.3
4
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, into the 90s now. Width and that is not acceptable at this stage, especially to a set batsman, Nizakat does not bother to keep it down, slashes it up and over backward point
33.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, oh! Played down the wrong line completely. Back of a length and angled across off, Nizakat with foot stuck in cement as a waft outside the line and is beaten on the outside edge
33.1
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, three quarter length on off, tucked away to deep square leg

K Khaleel Ahmed [3.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Time for drinks.. Both teams need to get their thinking caps on. India have managed to get the asking rate to above 7 and we all saw what happened when a new batsman tried to force things. A wicket soon will tilt it in their favor. On the other hand, the two batsmen must be telling themselves to take it as deep as possible and not throw it after doing all the hard work. The game is set up beautifully.. Buckle up folks

32.6
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, floated above the eyeline outside off, Nizakat goes for the big hit down the ground, the ball turns to beat the outside edge. The important thing was Nizakat had not left the crease
32.5
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, controlled sweep to backward square leg, quick single taken

Highest individual scores by Associate batsmen vs India in ODIs:
87* NIZAKAT KHAN, Dubai, 2018
83 M Odumbe, Gwalior, 1998
79 K Otieno, Cape Town, 2003
77 S Tikolo, Bengaluru, 1998
76* D Hemp, Port of Spain, 2007

32.4
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, quick leg-break and Nizakat is caught in the crease, the outside edge rolls towards short third man and off go the duo. Rath had to put in a full length dive and even lost contact with the bat, but after he had made it in

Run-out check sent upstairs. Indians are not confident. It was a direct hit and Rath was diving in. He's made it in. Not Out!

100+ partnerships for HK in ODIs:
170 A Rath - Nizakat Khan (4th) v Sco, 2016
165* NIZAKAT KHAN - A RATH
142 A Rath - Babar Hayat (2nd) v PNG, 2017
120*A Rath - Babar Hayat (4nd) v PNG, 2016
101 Tanvir Afzal - Aizaz Khan (8th) v UAE, 2015

32.3
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tossed up outside leg, Rath goes for the sweep and is through the shot, on his followthrough the ball takes the glove and balloons wide of Dhoni, for a single
32.2
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, leaves the crease and is met with a dragged back length, defended down the wicket
32.1
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, flatter delivery around off, dabbed in front of point

Yuzvendra Chahal [6.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

31.6
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, offers room outside off and Rath cuts it towards cover-point, where a half stop gives the duo a single. They are doing well of staying with the rate
31.5
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, speared in and Rath winds up for the pull, but the ball does not rise and the inside edge thuds into the pad
31.4
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, again.. cramping the batsman for room and Rath punches it back to the bowler
31.3
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, arrowing in from round the wicket and Rath knocks it back to Jadhav
31.2
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, fraction short and outside off, cut straight to backward point
31.1
6
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, SIX, the smiles in the Hong Kong dressing room says it all. Are they onto something special? Drag down and though Jadhav does not get a lot of bounce, Rath managed to get under that and smashed the pull over deep mid-wicket
30.6
1
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, once more on the pads and clipped away to fine leg, 13 runs off the over and the rate has come down below 7
30.5
4
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, FOUR, Shardul's day keeps getting worse. Rohit is not a happy captain. All the pressure built has been let go in this one over. Spraying on the legs and Rath helps it along the way with a tickle. Fine leg is square and has no chance
30.4
1
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, slower off-cutter on off, nudged wide of mid-wicket and they settle with a single
30.3
4
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, edged and four. That is an old fashioned slog. Nizakat cleared his front leg to heave across the line and the outside edge flies past a wrongfooted Dhoni
30.2
1
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, shortens the length and offers width, forced off the back foot to sweeper cover
30.1
2
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, angled in from round the wicket, chipped over the infield, clearing a backtracking Chahal at mid-wicket and pocketing two

Shardul Thakur [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack

Last ten overs: 34 runs. What that has done is taken the asking rate over 7. Hong Kong so far have weathered everything throw at them. How will they cope with the pressure of the asking rate? Let us wait and watch..

29.6
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, a bottom-handed whip, squeezing it off the pitch of it to mid-on
29.5
2
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 2 runs, beaten on flight with the ball holding its line outside off, Nizakat isn't hanging around doing nothing here, especially with his leg cramps, gets the outside edge on his carve, but just wide of backward point's best attempts of running and diving fine
29.4
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, angry, violent smash back down the pitch. Bump ball
29.3
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, an on-knock in front of square
29.2
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, gives room now, slicing it through the covers
29.1
2
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, no pace, no height on the long hop but Rath manufactures all the power as he goes low, goes back and hacks it over mid-wicket close in
28.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, stern crispy drive, freeing up his hands with the backing away as he does so. Finds mid-off though
28.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, quite straight into the body, tucked out through square leg
28.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, changes up the pace, beating the attempted run down through the cordon
28.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, angled further away, Rath pokes it away to point
28.2
2
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, nice soft hands in dragging the flick from off and putting it into the wide gaps at square leg. And there'e enough time for the second, and for the fifty
28.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, 130kph of a good length on the pads. Clipped away to mid-wicket

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [5.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

Decently quiet overs being slipped in here. But India wouldn't be pleased. Hong Kong wouldn't be worried. Well they shouldn't be. It's that time of the night when you keep things simple.

27.6
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, a cross bat face to stab it away to point
27.5
1
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, pad-lined. Nudged away to mid-wicket
27.4
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, too full. Nizakat mistimes it to mid-on
27.3
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, slingy on middle. Blocked out
27.2
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, decent feet use, going backwards in slicing it down to sweeper in the deep
27.1
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, angling back in, tapped out to cover
26.6
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, full, dug out carefully to cover
26.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, flipper. Wild flaying drive, inisde-edge and thudding into MS'left pad. And no, these aren't catches in the first place to be dropped
26.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, 78kph, neat drift into off. Pressy smother
26.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, more width. Slapped away, square
26.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, slides on straight, wide though as Nizakat reads off the surface and stabs it off the outside half to short third man

The fielder from mid-wicket goes to backward point. Why not add a slip?

26.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, googly. Nizakat doesn't pick, staying flat-footed as he pokes away from his body .. beaten comprehensively
25.6
1
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, and Jadhav ruins the set-up with a floater down leg. Nizakat won't complain, he's tickled it through square leg, as easily as he could've

Dhruv Kapoor tweets: If Hong Kong wins... then all the more reason to watch India vs Pakistan tomorrow! #CBhaveyoursay

25.5
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, closes the bat face a touch too soon, ending up with the leading edge that dies in front of cover
25.4
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, moves away in trying an uppish inside-out over the covers. Nah, Jadhav's scooters just won't get up enough to connect
25.3
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, a defensive drive to cover
25.2
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, firmly behind the line, squeezing it out
25.1
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, full, wide-lined drawing out a drive. Nizakat succumbs, flays, misses
24.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, overtly slow turn off the pitch, and Yadav's lack of natural pace isn't helping him either. Tucked away after rocking back round the corner
24.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, agricultural slog, doesn't quite get it off the middle, but enough bottom hand in it to take it to long-on
24.4
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, 73kph, loads of loop as it spins back in conventionally from middle. Flicks have rarely been easier, this one in front of square
24.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, middle-lined. Wristed away off the pitch of it to mid-wicket
24.2
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 2 runs, unwanted loft - mistimed too after backing away to open up extra cover - but luckily it has enough wood to go over the two men in the infield
24.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, utter ease in reaching to the pitch of it to drive it to long-off
23.6
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, kept out with a cover slap, reaching out lower for the sucked in drive
23.5
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, teases him wide enticing the drive. Nizakat falls for it, getting beaten on the outside. Meanwhile, Dhoni shows off his quick hand-work behind in whipping the bails off, but doesn't even bother appealing
23.4
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, 94kph, flatter. Rath uses his crease in the room-making punch off the full face. Long-off
23.3
1
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, 88kph, too straight, spinning further down for Nizakat to tickle it finer
23.2
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, 83kph, dips in on off, wristed into the turf
23.1
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tall, back-footed, slapping with enough power to go down to long-on
22.6
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, behind the line, staying up to block
22.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, uses the spin going across to drive through the line to sweeper cover
22.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, big stride, right to the pitch of it in defence
22.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, another back-footed cut, this time with enough meat to go out to point
22.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, slow turn going away. Rath stays back, chopping it off the inside half into the pitch
22.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, wristed away round the corner

Kuldeep Yadav [3.0-1-12-0] is back into the attack

21.6
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, big appeal -- Rath misses the line on his attempted leaning flick, looking to go against the spin, when it just skids on straight and pins him in front of the stumps. Was the angle doing too much? Doesn't matter, India've wasted their review .. yes it is
21.5
1
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, around the legs, whipped down to long-on
21.4
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, some width dished out. Carved away square
21.3
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, a shuffle inside the line to block
21.2
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, another low-flat-arm. Cut away to backward point
21.1
2
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, 81kph of a slingy round arm that scoots along, Rath gets lower, absolutely throwing everything into this mow over mid-wicket

Nizakat's leg cramps seem to have caught up with him. But he'll have to make his peace with some rehydration here .. oh he has to bat on for HK's sake.

20.6
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, a jump down, and Rath is just not afraid to chip the lofted drive down to long-on
20.5
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, too short. Spinning slowly as well to allow Nizakat to camp back, and he does it to heave it in front of square
20.4
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, loops it up around off. Stroked straight back
20.3
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, leg-lined with the spin in. Nurdled away off the front foot to leg, all in defence
20.2
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, a move down the pitch, close enough to flick it to mid-wicket
20.1
2
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, the worst half-tracker he could bowl. And Rath pulls it away, powerfully, but a straightish deep mid-wicket and the outfield with large grass denies the boundary
19.6
1
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, another of those skiddy shooters from Jadhav, Rath backed away for the back foot punch and got bat on it
19.5
0
Kedar Jadhav to Anshuman Rath, no run, flatter one just outside off, defended off the back foot
19.4
1
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, full and around middle, worked away towards long-on for a single
19.3
4
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, bang! Lovely strike from the fearless Nizakat who continues on his merry ways. Charges down the track and bludgeons it straight back past the bowler. Blazed away to the fence

The umpire has a chat with Jadhav who seems be getting in the line of vision with his unusual action.

19.2
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, very full and around middle, flatter trajectory and it's dug out
19.1
0
Kedar Jadhav to Nizakat Khan, no run, nearly struck first ball! Was the slider and Nizakat got pinned on the crease before being rapped on the back pad. Faint inside edge there saved Nizakat

Kedar Jadhav, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

India have turned to their man with the golden arm, the slinga spinner Kedar Jadhav. Let's see if his low trajectory can make a difference.

The last time India won an ODI when the opposition put together 100+ for the 1st wicket was in Mirpur in 2012 against Pakistan - Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI

18.6
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, tossed up again outside off, driven off the front foot down to long-off
18.5
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, sharp work from Dhoni in whipping off the bails but Nizakat had his feet grounded. Lovely leg break, deceived the batter in flight and spun past the outside edge
18.4
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, flatter one around leg stump, worked off the back foot down to fine leg
18.3
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, use of the feet by Rath but couldn't get to the pitch, mistimes the leg break back to the bowler
18.2
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, the googly and fractionally short, Rath cut well but couldn't beat backward point
18.1
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, slightly uppish but doesn't carry to Chahal and goes through him down to long-off. Was floated up nicely and Nizakat sat on the back foot
17.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, Nizakat is content to play Kuldeep on the back foot. Shuffles across once more and works it down to fine leg
17.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, another shuffle across on the back foot and tucks it towards short mid-wicket
17.5
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, wide, close shave with leg stump! Nizakat went far too across on the flick and failed to connect. Lucky that it didn't shave the sticks

Highest opening stands for HK in ODIs:
99* NIZAKAT KHAN - A RATH
84 J Atkinson - A Rath v PNG, Dubai, 2017
71*A Rath - KD Shah v UAE, Dubai, 2015
63 A Rath - Waqas Barkat v UAE, Dubai, 2015

17.4
4
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, Nizakat spoils what was promising to be a good over from Kuldeep. Charges down the track and makes room to launch this flighted delivery over cover. Not an easy shot to play but he has been in a different zone tonight. Highest opening stand ever in ODIs for Hong Kong
17.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, too full from Kuldeep, tossed up and it's easy for Rath who drives it down to long-on
17.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Nizakat gets across and works it down to long-on
17.1
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Rath gets forward and nudges it towards square leg
16.6
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, flatter one around off, skids off the deck as Nizakat defends off the back foot
16.5
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, more flight and Nizakat goes hard on the drive, gets an inside edge onto the pad
16.4
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, flighted leg break and it's driven towards the off-side
16.3
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, full and outside off, defended solidly off the front foot to cover
16.2
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, use of the feet by Rath this time and works this leg break down to long-on
16.1
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, floated up around off, defended nicely off the front foot

Drinks are on the field now. Excellent stuff from the Hong Kong openers, especially Nizakat Khan who has dominated the bowlers. The trial with spin has just begun but they've both fared decently thus far. Still way too many runs for India to be worried but they would want a breakthrough sooner than later.

15.6
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, fuller and outside off, defended off the front foot towards the off-side
15.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, waste of a review in the end! Always seemed like pitching outside leg and that's it, India don't have a review left now. Was the googly that deceived Nizakat by the turn and hit him on the back knee. Might have been a marginal call with respect to hitting the stumps but that doesn't matter as the first procedure wasn't breached

India review. Dhoni isn't sure about it as the batsman was in front of him but Rohit goes for it anyways. Let's see. Seems like pitching outside leg. Yup, it is outside leg. India lose their only review.

15.4
2
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, leg byes, 2 runs, slight appeal from Kuldeep but this was missing leg. The googly and turns sharply to ping the pad and beats leg slip
15.3
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, tossed up outside off, worked away off the front foot towards mid-wicket
15.2
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, the leg break now and it's defended off the back foot on to the track
15.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, no run, turns sharply from around middle, nudged off the front foot towards leg slip who is in place
14.6
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, leg stumpish line again, it's a leg break and nudged towards short fine leg
14.5
2
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, premeditated paddle from Rath, nicely done too as he works this leg break down to fine leg
14.4
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, sharp leg break that turns to rap Rath the pad as he misses the flick
14.3
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, did that carry? Chahal didn't take it, yes it's a dropped catch! Was tossed up nicely and beat Rath in flight, he chipped it straight back to Chahal who couldn't gather it
14.2
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, flatter one, attacks the sticks and forces Rath to defend off the back foot
14.1
4
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, FOUR, juicy full toss and Rath punishes it. Was down the track in a flash and lofts it over mid-wicket. Was aerial but well wide of the man in the deep
13.6
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, another googly, too short from Kuldeep and it's spanked off the back foot to sweeper cover
13.5
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, skids off the deck from a good length, Rath is beaten on the cut
13.4
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, tossed up fuller, inviting the drive and Rath obliges with a fluent stroke, finds extra cover
13.3
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, floats up another googly on middle and leg, tucked with the turn off the back foot down to fine leg

How is Nizakat Khan going to deal with this? Not going to die wondering, that's for sure.

13.2
1
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, another googly but the line is wider, allows Rath to drive easily through the covers
13.1
0
Kuldeep Yadav to Anshuman Rath, no run, slower and on a length outside off, the googly and Rath dabs it off the back foot towards cover

Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

Spin from both ends now as the Chinaman gets the ball. This passage of play will determine if Hong Kong have the ammunition to test India tonight.

12.6
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tosses the leg break up and Rath manages to beat mid-wicket with the flick, down to long-on
12.5
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, walks down the track to smother the leg break, nudges it to square leg
12.4
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, tossed up around off, the leg break and it's pushed down to long-off
12.3
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, floated up around off, a bit too full and driven down to long-on
12.2
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, better LBW appeal but too much turn. The leg break fizzes through to ping the front pad again as Rath fails to connect the flick
12.1
0
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, no run, slow leg break on leg stump, turns in to rap the front pad as Rath misses the flick. A very optimistic shout from Chahal
11.6
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, attacks the stumps with a full ball, defended off the front foot to the leg-side, a long over is done and 17 off it!
11.6
1
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, wide, tries the bumper but it's too high and Nizakat ducks under it
11.5
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, dug in short and Nizakat stands tall to defend it with a straight bat
11.4
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, stump to stump line and Nizakat gets across to tuck it to the leg-side
11.3
6
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, SIX, that's launched over the ropes! Takes full toll of the Free Hit, slower bouncer and he fetches the pull to clear deep mid-wicket comfortably. What a way to get to his 3rd ODI fifty! He's certainly instilled some belief in the Hong Kong camp
11.3
2
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, no ball, 1 run, Shardul is losing the plot totally here, oversteps again! Angles it into the pads and it's worked towards the leg-side. Once again Nizakat Khan gets to face the Free Hit. This is going to be a really long over
11.2
0
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, no run, slanting in from outside off, punchy drive off the front foot to mid-off
11.1
1
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, very full and outside off, squeezed out to mid-off for a run
11.1
5
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no ball, FOUR, another no ball! This is poor from Shardul, oversteps again and what's worse, concedes a boundary too. All going wrong for him. Speared a wide half volley with third man in the ring, Nizakat just had to get it past that man and his slice ensures it. Another Free Hit coming up

The field can change now but Nizakat Khan is the ideal man for Hong Kong to take the Free Hit. Not that he needs one to attack.

11.1
2
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, no ball, 1 run, Shardul has overstepped! By some distance too. Gee! Free Hit coming up for Hong Kong. Was angling into the pads and Rath tucked it past mid-wicket
10.6
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, a bit of drift in from around off, open stanced defensive stroke from Nizakat
10.5
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, fuller and just outside off, defended with a good stride forward
10.4
0
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, no run, crowd catch moment. Floated up fuller and it was dug back to the bowler
10.3
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tossed up wider outside off, very full and driven down the ground to long-off
10.2
1
Chahal to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, finds the edge but soft hands from Nizakat ensured that it didn't go aerial. Some turn on the leg break and it was guided past backward point
10.1
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, nudged softly towards square leg to get Nizakat Khan back on strike. This will be fun now, something has gotta give
10.1
1
Chahal to Anshuman Rath, wide, starts with a loosener, slipped down leg and Rath misses the flick. Fumble from Dhoni

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Stat this: This is the FIRST 50+ opening stand against a Full Member side for Hong Kong. It's been some fine some fine strokeplay so far and has certainly lit up the game. They have that spin test coming up though.

9.6
2
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, 2 runs, two, two, two was the call by Nizakat as he flicked it with soft hands towards long-leg
9.5
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, short of a length and outside off, chopped towards point by Nizakat
9.4
1
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, short one around leg, Anshuman pulls it down to fine leg for a single
9.3
0
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, no run, decides to leave a delivery bowled in the channel outside off
9.2
4
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, FOUR, shot! What a shot by the skipper! Short and wide outside off, Anshuman connects his square cut now and it's enough to beat the man at point. That shot would have earned him quite a few fans
9.1
2
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, a desperate dive by Anshuman saves him. Dhoni was confident that he'd got the opener but he was wrong. The left-handed batsman had nudged it away to fine leg and a flat throw by Khaleel at the striker's almost had Anshuman in trouble
8.6
4
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, freebie of a delivery! Short one at the body and Nizakat hooks it towards long-leg. There was nowhere near the boundary and the batsman gets another four. Not a great display of bowling by Indian pacers. Time to introduce spin, perhaps
8.5
4
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, Nizakat Khan is here to take on the bowlers. Positive intent, and that's what Hong Kong need in this chase. This was short and wide outside off, the batsman slashes hard and gets an outside edge towards short third man
8.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, back of a length and shaping away from the batsman, Nizakat keeps his eyes on the ball and knocks it towards Dhawan at short cover
8.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, a sharp bouncer around off, Nizakat drops his bat and sways away from that in time. Could have easily gloved that if he was a bit late in swaying away
8.2
2
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, 2 runs, short and rising delivery around off, Nizakat pulls it over mid-wicket and manages to come back for two by the time Khaleel could cut it down
8.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, short of a length around off and Nizakat punches it on the up but straight to short-cover
7.6
1
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, pulls the short delivery away to fine leg but doesn't get it right off the meat of his bat. Another quick delivery that was aimed at the ribs of Nizakat by Shardul
7.5
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, once again calm as he defends the short of a length delivery back to Thakur
7.4
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, short of a length around off, Nizakat hangs back and taps it back to the bowler
7.3
0
SN Thakur to Nizakat Khan, no run, that'll rattle the batsman to some extent. Nizakat had no clue about the bouncer as he had taken his eyes off while fending it away. He's smiling at the moment, but he'll definitely be rattled from within
7.2
1
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, steers the shorish delivery down to third man and gets a single
7.1
0
SN Thakur to Anshuman Rath, no run, that's a better stop. Much better than India's fielding so far. This was cut away sharply and DK at point saves it with a diving stop. Saved four runs for his team

Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, short of a length around off, Nizakat sensibly defends it towards cover-point
6.5
4
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, glanced away! Rohit Sharma looks a bit worried as the openers are getting boundaries with ease. This was on the pads and Nizakat glances it down to fine leg. Very nice
6.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, on a length outside off, angled in front of point by Nizakat
6.3
4
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, text-book straight drive. Eyes on the ball and brings his bat down in motion. Connects it to perfection and beats the fielder at mid-on. The outfield looks quick too
6.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, wide, goes for the knuckle ball and ends up spraying it well down the leg side, Nizakat's flick was nowhere close to connect
6.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, forward again as he bunts the good length delivery in front of cover-point
6.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, on a length around off, Khan defends it from within the crease
5.6
4
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, FOUR, brilliant shot! Fullish delivery in the channel outside off, Anshuman is on his front foot as he thrashes this cleanly through the gap at cover-point. No chance, I mean there was no chance of stopping this. And with the kind of fielding India has showed in this innings, it would have been a distant dream
5.5
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, slower delivery but turns out to be harmless as it's on the pads, Nizakat flicks it towards fine leg for an effortless single
5.4
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, sloppy effort! That's the third misfield of this innings. Drives the fullish delivery towards mid-on and a misfield by Shardul at mid-on allows them to change ends
5.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, no run, short of a length around off, Anshuman bunts it towards cover. Ball is coming on to the bat nicely, much better than it was in the first innings
5.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, no run, on a length around off, nudged back to the bowler by Anshuman calmly
5.1
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, nurdles the length delivery away to deep square leg and gets a single
4.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, short of a length around middle and leg, Anshuman tries to tuck it away but gets beaten and struck on the pads. Clearly going down the leg side and the impact was a touch high at the same time
4.5
2
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, gets off the mark but with a risky shot. Was on a length around off, Anshuman chips it over the infield at mid-off and manages to get two runs by the time mid-off fielder can release it
4.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, touch short around the off-stump line, Anshuman covers his stumps and defends it off the back foot
4.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, swinging delivery right into the batsman but Anshuman solidly pushes it towards mid-off
4.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, flicks the good length delivery in front of short mid-wicket now
4.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, on a length around middle and leg, eased back to the bowler by Anshuman
3.6
4
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, that's a mediocre fielding effort. Bowler isn't pleased and he has all the right to do so. This was full and wide outside off, Nizakat reaches for it with a cut but a misfield at cover-point is enough to fetch him his second boundary of the over. Dinesh Karthik was the culprit on that occasion
3.5
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, fired into the stumps from round the wicket and Nizakat does well to angle it away towards point
3.4
4
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, that's a terrific shot, reckons Sunny Gavaskar on air. There was width on offer and Nizakat makes sure to bring out the square cut into play and times it sweetly to find the fence after bisecting the field
3.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, short and wide outside off, Nizakat slashes hard but it's not enough to fetch him anything. Neither a proper connection, nor an outside edge
3.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, 'wait on' is the call from Nizakat as he bunts the length delivery in front of cover-point
3.1
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, fired on the pads and Nizakat neatly clips it away to short mid-wicket
2.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, back in the crease as he covers the stumps and keeps it away with a nudge
2.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, shaping away from the batsman in the corridor of uncertainty, Rath has a feeble poke but the ball moves away a touch and goes past his outside edge
2.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, solid to stay rooted in his crease and defend it right underneath his eyes
2.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, he's getting the ball to move but has been a touch unlucky. This was on a good length outside off, Rath did get an outside edge as the ball moved away but as he had played it with soft hands, it didn't carry to the man at first slip
2.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, angled into the batsman with a touch of movement but Nizakat is quick to bring his bat down and nudge it away towards wide mid-on
2.1
2
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, 2 runs, shaping away from the batsman outside the off-stump line, Nizakat leans forward and drills it into the gap at cover-point as he gets two runs
1.6
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Anshuman Rath, no run, short of a length around middle and leg, Rath watchfully tucks it in front of square leg
1.5
1
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, leading edge but on a few bounces towards point. Nizakat was a touch early in his flick and the rising delivery catches his leading edge as it rolls towards point. Rayudu fumbles and recovers but after the batsmen have taken a single
1.4
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, keeps it full, straight and towards off, Nizakat leans ahead and eases it towards mid-off
1.3
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, full and wide outside off, Nizakat slices it straight to point
1.2
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, angled away from the batsman in the channel outside off and Nizakat dabs it towards point
1.1
0
Khaleel Ahmed to Nizakat Khan, no run, starts off with a fullish delivery, nipping back into the batsman and Nizakat pushes it gently past the bowler towards mid-on

K Khaleel Ahmed, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Anshuman Rath, no run, ends the over by bowling it on middle and leg, Rath flicks it towards short mid-wicket
0.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, reaches for the away swinging delivery with a late steer to get a single at third man
0.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, that's a better delivery. After bowling a few outswinging deliveries, Bhuvi brings one in. Khan stays back and defends it into the off side
0.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, other delivery outside off, swinging away and Nizakat Khan decides to leave it alone. Being cautious after that first ball
0.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, no run, on a length outside off, Khan lifts his bat and lets the keeper do the remaining
0.1
4
Bhuvneshwar to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, edged but there's no second slip. This was swinging away in the channel outside off, Nizakat has a poke and gets a thick outside edge that goes past the lone man at slip. Third man is square enough in order to cut this down

Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath are at the crease. Nizakat Khan is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack