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A dominant India on Wednesday defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs in match 4 of the Asia Cup 2022. The win at Dubai International Cricket Stadium helped Rohit Sharma & Co qualify for Super Fours. Defending a total of 192/2, India restricted the Associate team to 152/5 for a convincing win. The winners of Pakistan vs Hong Kong in the final Group A match on Friday will join India in Super Fours.
Earlier, an unbeaten 98-run stand for the third wicket in 42 balls between Virat Kohli (59 off 44) and Suryakumar Yadav (68 off 26) helped India post an intimidating total. Hong Kong captain Nizakat Khan won the toss and put India into bat. KL Rahul (36 off 39) and Rohit Sharma (21 off 13) put 38 runs for the first wicket in 4.5 overs, then the skipper left in the 13th over. The India innings witnessed 12 sixes and nine fours, with SKY hitting half of the maximum. For Hong Kong, Ayush Shukla and Mohammad Ghazanfar got one wicket each. Catch cricket scores and highlights of IND vs HKG, Asia Cup 2022 match here.
India: 192/2 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 59 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 68 not out).
Hong Kong: 152/5 in 20 overs (Babar Hayat 41; Ravindra Jadeja 1/15).
Suryakumar Yadav is the player of the match for his stunning unbeaten knock of 68 runs in 26 balls, featuring six fours and six sixes
For his excellent knock of 68* off 26 deliveries, @surya_14kumar is our Player of the Match as #TeamIndia win by 40 runs.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2022
Scorecard - https://t.co/k9H9a0e758 #INDvHK #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/uoLtmw2QQF
Arshdeep Singh with the final over of the match. Zeeshan Ali hits back-to-back fours off the third and fourth. 12 from the over. 1/44 for Arshdeep. And India win by 40 runs. HK - 152/5 (20); IND - 192/2 (20).
Avesh Khan on with his final over. Zeeshan Ali hits the first ball fora six, over deep extra cover. A single, and a dot. Scott McKechnie hits a six, and two fours to make it a 21-run over. 1/53 for Avesh. Hong Kong need 53 runs in 6 balls. HK - 140/5 (19)
Four runs and one wicket from Bhuvneshwar Kumar's third over. Hong Kong need 74 runs in 12 balls. HK - 119/5 (18)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns for his third over. A wide, then the wicket. Kinchit Shah holes out at mid-off. Sub fielder Ravi Bishnoi takes a juggling catch. Scott McKechnie is the new man. Hong Kong need 77 runs in 17 balls. HK - 116/5 (17.1)
Some fun. Virat Kohli gets an over. A single, then a couple. A single, then a dot. And two singles. Hong Kong need 78 runs in 18 balls. HK - 115/4 (17)
Yuzvendra Chahal returns for his final over. A dot, then two leg byes. India take the review for LBW against Zeeshan Ali. Inside edge, it's revealed. Was given leg byes though. Three from the over. 0/18 for Chahal tonight. Hong Kong need 84 runs in 24 balls. HK - 109/4 (16)
Avesh Khan on for his third over. Aizaz Khan hits the fourth ball for a four, over midwicket. Then Avesh responds with the wicket. Bowled. Aizaz goes for 14 off 13. Zeeshan Ali is the new man. And a single. Hong Kong need 87 runs in 30 balls. HK - 106/4 (15)
Arshdeep Singh returns for his third over. Kinchit Shah gets another outside edge, for a four past short third man. A single, then two dots to Aizaz Khan. Two singles to end the over. Hong Kong need 95 runs in 36 balls. HK - 98/3 (14)
Avesh Khan returns for his second over. Kinchit Shah takes a single, then a four for Aizaz Khan. Outside edge. A dot, then a single. And a six for Kinchit, slaps over sweeper cover. A single to end the 13-run over. Hong Kong need 102 runs in 42 balls. HK - 91/3 (13)
Four singles and a dot to end the over. 1/15 for Ravindra Jadeja tonight. Hong Kong need 115 runs in 48 balls. HK - 78/3 (12)
Ravindra Jadeja on with his final over. Babar Hayat charges on, but ends up getting a top-edge. He goes for 41 off 35. Aizaz Khan is the new man. HK - 74/3 (11.2)
Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Two singles, and a couple for Babar Hayat through mid-wicket. A single, then a four for Kinchit Shah over square leg. A dot to end the over. Nine from it. Hong Kong need 119 runs in 54 balls. HK - 74/2 (11)
Ravindra Jadeja on with his third over. Four runs, including one wide. 31 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. Hong Kong need 128 runs in 60 balls. HK - 65/2 (10)
Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Two dots, then three singles. A dot to end the over. Hong Kong need 132 runs in 66 balls. HK - 61/2 (9)
Ravindra Jadeja returns for his second over. Three dots, then a single for Babar Hayat to mid-wicket. A wide, down leg and two singles. HK - 58/2 (8)
Kinchit Shah is the new batter, and bowling change for India. Yuzvendra Chahal on. Three singles. HK - 54/2 (7)
Change of ends for Arshdeep Singh. And a four to start, to fine leg, for Babar Hayat. Then 'one for the over', but it also turns out to be a front-foot no-ball. A free-hit. Around the wicket and Hayat finds the gap, four to deep mid-wicket. A quick single. And a lofted drive for another four, this time for Nizakat Khan. A single to end the over. No, another front foot no ball. Free hit. To Ravindra Jadeja at point, and checking for run out. A direct hit at the non-striker's end. Stunning. Nizakat goes for 10 off 12. HK - 51/2 (6)
Double bowling change. Avesh Khan gets his first over. One leg bye to start the spell. A dot, and a six over long-off for Babar Hayat. And a four, mid-off. A good stop at mid-off by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to deny Hayat another boundary. A single, though. 12 from the over. HK - 34/1 (5)
Bowling change. Ravindra Jadeja on. Two dots, and a single for Nizakat Khan to mid-off. Two more dots and a couple to sweeper cover. HK - 22/1 (3)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. Nizakat Khan takes a single, then three dots to new man Babar Hayat. And a six off the fifth, straight down the ground. Clean hit. A dot to end the over. HK - 19/1 (2)
Arshdeep Singh shares the new ball with Bhuvi. Two dots, then Yasim Murtaza gets streaky four to backward point, beating a leaping Ravindra Jadeja. A dot, then a four over mid-on. Bouncer and Avesh Khan takes a tough catch at fine leg. Murtaza goes for run-a-ball nine. HK - 12/1 (2)
A dot, then a couple off the second past cover for Nizakat Khan. A single, then one more off the last ball for Yasim Murtaza. Bhuvneshwar Kumar concedes four in the first over. HK - 4/0 (1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. Nizakat Khan takes the strike. His opening partner is Yasim Murtaza. Target is 193 runs.
Haroon Arshad with the final over. A wide full toss, and Suryakumar Yadav connects it for a six, over sweeper cover. And another one, same area and 22-ball fifty for SKY. His fastest. Straight down the ground, and a third. A short one from Arshad. Tight call. SKY looks for upper cup but misses it. Then another six, behind square. And a couple to end the innings. 26 from the over. 78 in the last 30 balls. IND - 192/2 (20)
Ehsan Khan on with his final over. Virat Kohli takes a couple off the first, to mid-wicket, and fifty in 40 balls. 31st for him, and joint most in T20Is with Rohit Sharma. Two singles, and a six for Kohli. 91m, over deep midwicket. A couple, then a wide, down leg. A dot to end the over. 13 from it. 0/26 for Ehsan. IND - 166/2 (19)
Ayush Shukla returns for his final over. Suryakumar Yadav hits the first ball for a four, to sweeper cover. And another, this time to third man. 52-run stand in 26 balls. And wide, down the leg. Fine take by the wicket-keeper. It actually hit the left foot boot, and probably hitting leg stump. Bad call. Then a review for stumping off the next ball. Yavav looks to play a ramp shot, but misses it. Then, into the stands. Clean, over square leg boundary. A dot. And one more. 15 from the over, and 1/29 for Shukla. 59 runs in the last 30 balls. IND - 153/2 (18)
Ehsan Khan on with his third over. Three singles, and one leg bye from it. Brilliant over. 53 runs and a wicket in the last 30 balls. Virat Kohli on 48 off 39. IND - 138/2 (17)
Aizaz Khan returns for his third over. Virat Kohli hits the first ball for a six, over cow corner. A single to rotate the strike. And a four for Suryakumar Yadav over short third man. A deliberate upper cut. Nicely executed. And a six over fine leg boundary. Ramping par excellence. A single to deep. A wide, down leg. A single to end the over. 20 runs from the over. IND - 134/2 (16)
Ayush Shukla returns for his third over. A dot, then three singles. Suryakumar Yadav connects his swing on a wide down leg, and a misfield at fine leg results in a four. Seven from the over. IND - 114/2 (15)
Suryakumar Yadav joins Virat Kohli (33 off 28) in the middle. Yasim Murtaza with his final over. Virat Kohli takes a couple off the first. Then a single. SKY sweeps the third for a four, then another one. back-to-back fours. A couple to long-on, and a dot to end the spell. 0/27 for Murtaza. IND - 107/2 (14)
Mohammad Ghazanfar continues. A dot to Virat Kohli. Two singles, and a six over deep mid-wicket. First for Kohli. A single and the wicket to break the 56-run stand in 49 balls. KL Rahul (36 off 39), caught behind. IND - 94/2 (13)
Yasim Murtaza with his third over. Virat Kohli takes a single off the first, to long-on. A dot, and a couple for KL Rahul, behind the wicket. Lucky. Almost through as he looks to sweep. KL goes for a pre-meditated reverse sweep, but misses the ball. Five from the over. IND - 85/1 (12)
Bowling change. Mohammad Ghazanfar, leg-spinner, on. KL Rahul takes a single off the first, then a crunchy straight drive for a couple. Brave bowler even to stick his hand to it. And a four. Same shot. A single to long-off. Two more singles. 10 runs from the over. IND - 80/1 (11)
Yasim Murtaza continues. A dot then a single to mid-wicket. One more single as KL Rahul lofts it to long-on. Falling short of the fielder. A quick single. A dot, then a single to end the over. Murtaza keeping Indian batters quiet. 31 runs in the last 30 balls. IND - 70/1 (10)
Aizaz Khan on with his second over. A dot, then a single for Virat Kohli to mid-wicket. And a flick for a six, over deep mid-wicket. And a single to long-on. And a quick single. A dot to end the over. Nine from it. IND - 66/1 (9)
Another bowling change. Yasim Murtaza, left-arm spinner, on. Virat Kohli fails to time his drive, but still a single. A dot, then a couple for KL Rahul to mid-wicket. A dot, then a single to end the over. IND - 57/1 (8)
Bowling change. Aizaz Khan, right-arm pacer, on. A single, then a wide. Three singles, and top-edge for KL Rahul. Lands safely, for a single. Virat Kohli plays the next to sweeper cover for a couple, and a single to end the over. IND - 52/1 (7)
Ehsan Khan continues. Two singles, and a dot to Virat Kohli. A single to long-on, and a streaky single for KL Rahul to third man. And a single. Five from the over. IND - 44/1 (6)
Ayush Shukla continues. Two dots, and a single as KL Rahul plays the third to third man. Rohit hits the next for a four, over the bowler's head. Then the wicket. Rohit holes out. Aizaz Khan takes a low catch at mid-off. Miscued shot. Rohit goes for 21 off 13. Virat Kohli is the new man. And a leading edge. A single for the effort. IND - 39/1 (5)
Bowling change. Ehsan Khan, off-spinner, on. Three singles and a dot to Rohit Sharma. A couple to deep square leg, and a dot to end the over. IND - 33/0 (4)
Haroon Arshad continues. And a six to start. Rohit Sharma stands tall and lofts it straight for the maximum. A dot, then a single to mid-wicket. A fuller delivery to KL Rahul, and a couple to square leg. Also a front-foot no-ball. Free hit. Another no-ball. So wide, outside off. And six from Rahul's blade over cow corner. A single to square leg to rotate the strike. A four to make it a 22-run over. Nice looking cover drive from Rohit. IND - 28/0 (3)
Ayush Shukla, right-arm pacer, shares the new ball with Haroon Arshad. Rohit Sharma takes a single off the first, then five dots to KL Rahul. One fine over. IND - 6/0 (2)
A dot to start. Then a wide, down leg. Another dot, and KL Rahuls guides the third ball for a single to third man. Rohit Sharma takes a single off the fourth, past square leg. Two more singles. Five from the over. IND - 5/0 (1)
KL Rahul to take the first strike. Rohit Sharma is his opening partner. Haroon Arshad, right-arm pacer, with the new ball.
Players and match officials are in the middle. National anthems first.
India made one change. Hardik Pandya has been rested. Rishabh Pant is his replacement. Hong Kong are fielding the same XI which defeated the UAE in the final qualifier.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Ayush Shukla, Mohammad Ghazanfar.
Hong Kong captain Nizakat Khan wins the toss and opts to bowl first against India.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi.
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla, Ateeq Iqbal, Mohammad Waheed, Wajid Shah, Aftab Hussain, Dhananjay Rao, Ahan Trivedi.
In a lopsided Asia Cup 2022 fixture, defending champions India take on minnows Hong Kong at Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight. A win will help India book a 'Super Fours' spot. For Hong Kong, this Group A fixture presents a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with the big boys. India started their title defence with a nervy win against arch-rivals Pakistan.
As expected, this will be a low-key match even though India will be eager to put up a strong performance against Hong Kong, especially after their cagey fight against Pakistan. Also, the last time India faced Hong Kong, the minnows almost pulled off a win in the 2018 Asia Cup (ODI) in Dubai. This will be the third meeting between the two teams. In the first one, also an Asia Cup fixture (2008), India mauled Hong Kong by 256 runs in Karachi.