India v Hong Kong

Asia Cup 2008

At Karachi, June 25, 2008 (day/night). India won by 256 runs. Toss: India. India 374-4 (50 overs) (G. Gambhir 51, V. Sehwag 78, M. S. Dhoni 109*, S. K. Raina 101); Hong Kong 118 (36.5 overs) (P. P. Chawla 4-23). India 2 pts. Man of the Match: S. K. Raina. One-day international debut: M. S. Gony (India).

On the 25th anniversary of India's victory in the 1983 World Cup final, Gambhir and Sehwag opened with 127 in 14.3 overs, then Dhoni (who hit six fours and six sixes from 96 balls) put the game far beyond Hong Kong during a fourth-wicket stand of 166 in 20 overs with Raina, who reached his hundred in 66 balls, hitting seven fours and five sixes. Only Mohammad Azharuddin (62 balls against New Zealand at Baroda in 1988-89) had made a faster century in one-day internationals for India.

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