LATEST UPDATE: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs near his half-century right here, Faheem Ashraf will get the wicket as Dhawan seems to go for the reduce however cannot get the elevation he wished. Hits it straight to backward level the place Babar Azam takes a pointy catch. India are 104/2
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India survived a mighty scare earlier than recording an unimpressive 26-run win over minnows Hong Kong of their opening group league match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Tuesday. In pursuit of a stiff 286-run goal, the unheralded Hong Kong opening pair of Nizakat Khan (92) and skipper Anshuman Rath (73) added a file 174-run partnership to boost hopes of a significant upset earlier than inexperience price them dearly as they managed 259 for eight. Nizakat and Rath’s 174-run stand is the affiliate nation’s highest partnership in ODI cricket. This was after Shikhar Dhawan discovered his mojo in acquainted flat tracks with a scarcity of motion, serving to himself to his 14th ODI century.
Dhawan, who had a horrendous tour of England, cashed in on the prospect in opposition to weaker opposition on a low and gradual continental pitch, smashing 127 off 120 balls as India scored 285 for seven after being requested to bat. Dhawan hit as many as 15 boundaries and two sixes en route his century however India witnessed a mini batting collapse and didn’t cross the 300-run mark in opposition to the unfancied bowling assault of Hong Kong. Later, the Indian bowlers and fielders seemed rusty until Nizakat and Rath had been on the crease because the duo performed with consummate ease to frustrate Rohit Sharma’s males for near 35 overs. However it was a identified proven fact that India simply wanted one wicket to tilt the match of their favour as Hong Kong does not have the large stage expertise and the breakthrough finally got here within the 35th over.
It took chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (2/42) to interrupt the dangerous-looking partnership when Rath picked out Rohit at additional cowl with a mild drive. That was the set off as Hong Kong misplaced the plot thereafter with one other set batsman Nizakat departing within the subsequent over, lwg-before to debutant Khaleel Ahmed (3/48). The dismissals introduced in two recent batsmen on the crease and as anticipated it was by no means going to be straightforward for them to get going instantly on the gradual pitch and it turned out to be so. Thereafter, the script panned out how India wished as Yuzvendra Chahal (3/46), who seemed ineffective early on, got here to the social gathering and picked up three wickets. Earlier, along with comeback man Ambati Rayudu (60), Dhawan stitched 116 runs for the second wicket off 130 deliveries, to put the inspiration for India’s complete after the early dismissal of skipper Rohit (23).
Despatched into bat, India misplaced Rohit with the scoreboard studying 45 in 7.four overs however Dhawan and Rayudu joined fingers to share a century stand throughout their chanceless knocks. Returning to the facet after clearing the YoYo take a look at, Rayudu grabbed the chance with each fingers and hit three boundaries and two sixes throughout his 70-ball knock. However simply when it appeared the duo would take the opposition to the cleaners, Rayudu edged an Ehsan Nawaz bouncer to Scott McKechnie behind the stumps, attempting an higher reduce. After the tip of Dhawan-Rayudu partnership, the Indian batsmen discovered the going powerful in opposition to gradual bowlers of Hong Kong on a comparatively gradual pitch, the place shot making will not be straightforward for a brand new batsman. Dhawan and subsequent man Dinesh Karthik (33) then shared 79 runs for the third wicket to take the facet ahead earlier than Hong Kong picked up three fast wickets to place brakes on India’s scoring fee.
Dhawan himself wasted a golden alternative to attain a giant hundred, holing out to Tanwir Afzal off off-spinner Kinchit Shah’s (3/39) bowling within the 41st over. MS Dhoni’s keep on the crease was restricted to a few deliveries as he didn’t gauge the slowness of the pitch and edged one to McKechnie off off-spinner Ehsan Khan (2/65) within the subsequent over. As if that was not sufficient, Karthik too gave away his wicket whereas attempting to go for a giant shot on a gradual wicket, caught at deep mid-wicket to Babar Hayat off Shah. In direction of the tip, Kedar Jadhav made a 27-ball 28 however he too discovered shot-making troublesome due to the the gradual nature of the pitch. In truth, Hong Kong bowled brilliantly within the final 10 overs as India scored simply 48 runs dropping 5 wickets.
India (Enjoying XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pakistan (Enjoying XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan