India overcome Hong Kong scare to seal Super-Four berth

Brief scores: India 285/7 (Shikhar Dhawan 127, Ambati Rayudu 60; Kinchit Shah 3/39; Ehsan Khan 2/65) beat Hong Kong 259/8 (Nizakat Khan 92, Anshuman Rath 73; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/46, Khaleel Ahmed 3/48, Kuldeep Yadav 2/42) by 26 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India recorded their second win against Hong Kong, who they last met and won against in the 2008 Asia Cup. This was their 485th win overall in ODI cricket.
  • Khaleel Ahmed became the 222nd ODI player for India, who handed the Rajasthan left-arm pacer his international debut. Nizakat Khan was his first international wicket, his 3/48 on debut having a huge hand in India overcome Hong Kong’s challenge and book their place in the Super Four.
  • Shikhar Dhawan’s 14th ODI century was crucial to India beating Hong Kong, who surprised many with their resilience and discipline with bat and ball. Dhawan has become the fourth-fastest overall, and the second-fastest Indian, to rack up 14 ODI hundreds.
  • Ambati Rayudu, who played his first match in more than two years, scored his seventh ODI half-century (a 70-ball 60), and his 116-run, second-wicket partnership with Dhawan gave India a solid foundation for a big total batting first.
  • Chasing 286 for a win, Hong Kong set the cat among the pigeons with a stunning 174-run, first-wicket partnership between Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath. This is now the highest partnership for any wicket for Hong Kong in ODI cricket!
  • Nizakat was the aggressor in the opening partnership, giving Hong Kong the early momentum with clean ball-striking, which caught the Indian bowlers off guard. He went on to make his third ODI half-century (a 117-ball 92) and gave his team a strong chance of chasing down 286 with his aggressive batsmanship and ability to find the balance between finding the boundary and rotating the strike.
  • At the other end, Rath, the captain, was an ideal foil. He started off slowly but started connecting well as his innings progressed. He made his seventh ODI half-century (a 97-ball 73) and looked to be guiding Hong Kong to what will have been their biggest win, until he uppishly drove Kuldeep Yadav to Rohit Sharma at cover.
  • Captaining India in an ODI for the fourth time, Rohit recorded his third win.

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