Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot

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Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot
Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot

Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot

Asia Cup 2022: Suryakumar Yadav‘s blistering 68*, Virat Kohli’s 59* and Ravindra Jadeja’s quick fielding helped India secure direct qualification to the Super Four phase of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 after beating Hong Kong by 40 runs here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

India defeated Hong Kong in every aspect of play and advanced to the Super four as the second team. Hong Kong’s attempt to score 193 was off to a poor start as their leadoff hitter, Yasim Murtaza, lost his wicket. Arshdeep Singh earned Team India their first success after being struck for two fours when he bowled Yasim Murtaza and Avesh Khan caught his wicket.

Babar Hayat hit a six off a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery in the third over of the innings. Nizakat Khan scored 10 runs in 12 deliveries before being run out by Ravindra Jadeja.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja, two excellent spinners, prevented Hong Kong bowlers from scoring significant runs early in the innings. Hong Kong’s score after 10 overs was 65/2.

To relieve his team’s pressure, Kinchit Shah attempted to make some huge shots and slammed a four on Chahal’s delivery. Babar Hayat, who scored 41 runs in just 35 deliveries, was bowled by Jadeja, giving his team a much-needed wicket.

Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot
Asia Cup 2022: Clinical India defeat Hong Kong by 40-run to seal Super 4 spot

In response to a delivery from Avesh Khan, Aizaz Khan hit a boundary and a six. On Arshdeep Singh’s delivery, Kinchit Shah struck a four to begin the 14th over.

After scoring 14 in 13 balls, Aizaz Khan was cleanly bowled out by Avesh Khan, dealing additional blow to the Hong Kong team. Virat Kohli bowled a fantastic over, allowing only 6 runs while without taking any heavy hits.

After hitting 30 runs in 28 balls, Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent Kinchit Shah back into the hut, dealing Hong Kong another blow.

In the 19th over of the innings, Scott McKechnie hit back-to-back fours and a six on a ball from Avesh Khan, while Zeeshan Ali smashed a six.

Zeeshan Ali hit back-to-back fours against Arshdeep Singh in the last over, but he was unable to lead his team home and India defeated them by 40 runs.

Earlier, India defeated Hong Kong for 192/2 thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s scorching 68* and Virat Kohli’s eagerly awaited fifty.

Suryakumar struck 68* and Kohli hit an unbeaten 59 to help India reach a difficult total. Mohammad Ghazanfar and Ayush Shukla both secured one wicket for Hong Kong.

When India given the opportunity to bat first, they got off to a fast start, hammering Hong Kong bowlers for 38 runs in less than five overs.

After hitting 21 runs in 13 balls, Rohit’s stay cut short as he as hit by Ayush Shukla’s delivery from Hong Kong. The Indian captain missed his shot and snagged in the middle of the field.

Virat Kohli invited after the captain’s wicket lost, and he played each ball carefully and alternated the stroke. On Aizaz Khan’s delivery, Rahul changed up his approach and smacked the ball on the stands with a fantastic six. Then, Kohli followed Rahul in battering the spinners, smashing his first boundary of the evening off a delivery from Mohammad Ghazanfar.

Rahul and Kohli’s partnership brought India’s score after 10 overs to 70-1. The bowlers from Hong Kong prevented India from getting huge runs in the game’s eleventh over.

KL Rahul, who made 36 runs in 39 deliveries, removed by Mohammad Ghazanfar, dealing a severe setback to India. During his knock, he hit two sixes.

In order to relieve some of the burden on the Indian squad, the hard-hitting batter Suryakumar Yadav came to the crease and struck back-to-back fours off of Yasim Murtaza’s bowling. Team India finished the 14th over with 107 runs on the board and two wickets lost. Thanks to some ferocious smashes from Suryakumar.

Suryakumar hit back-to-back sixes and a four in the 16th over of the innings. He maintained his rhythm, and in the 18th over. He hit two fours and also a six off the bowling of Ayush Shukla in perfect back-to-back fashion.

Kohli reached his eagerly anticipated half-century in the 19th over of the innings. By hitting a perfect maximum on Ehsan Khan’s ball, it achieved in 40 balls.

In the last over, Suryakumar slammed back-to-back three sixes followed by another six. While also bringing up his half-century in 22 balls. Hong Kongs’s Haroon Arshad  hammered for 26 runs and India posted 192/2 on in 20 overs.

Brief score: India 192/2 (Suryakumar Yadav 68*, Virat Kohli 59*; Mohammad Ghazanfar 1-19) vs Hong Kong (Babar Hayat 41, Kinchit Shah 30; Ravindra Jadeja 1-15).