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RESULT
4th Match, Group A (N), Dubai (DSC), August 31, 2022, Asia Cup
192/2
(20 ov, T:193) 152/5

India won by 40 runs

Player Of The Match
68* (26)
suryakumar-yadav
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Scorecard summary
India 192/2(20 overs)
Hong Kong 152/5(20 overs)
end of over 2012 runs
HKG: 152/5CRR: 7.60 
Scott McKechnie16 (8b 2x4 1x6)
Zeeshan Ali26 (17b 2x4 1x6)
Arshdeep Singh 4-0-44-1
Avesh Khan 4-0-53-1

And that's that! India qualify into the Super 4s. We'll see you tomorrow for the first of our knockouts - Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka. We'll see you then! Thank you for your company. On behalf of Thilak and Hemant, this is Sreshth saying bye bye.

Time for the presentation.
Losing captain Nizakat Khan: "I think the way we started with the ball, we were amazing till 13th over, fielding was good too. But we slipped after that, especially in the death overs, but the way Suryakumar batted, it was good to watch. I think it [Asia Cup] was a big opportunity for all the boys. I know we were away for a long time, boys were playing with injuries, credit goes to them, very proud of them. I think we're going to sit down tomorrow, we will look at our death bowling, we will improve in the next game."

Rohit Sharma: "We batted pretty well to start with, and got to a very good score at the end, and came out and bowled reasonably well. Thought we could have done slightly better with the ball. Honestly the kind of innings that [Suryakumar] played today, the words will be short. Every now and then, he comes up with such kind of knocks. With the confidence he's got, he's going to come out and bat fearlessly, and some of the shots he played today, they are not in the books. The shot selection was also crucial, we know he can play all around the park, and that's what he did today. [Flexibility] It is something we want to keep in our minds. We've also informed the group about this. Most of the guys are ready to take the opportunity and bat wherever they need to. We can talk about flexibility but you have to go out there and do it too. When we see the right match-ups, we're going to try and use that."

Suryakumar Yadav, Player of the Match: "Some of [my shots] are predetermined, because this format is about how you prepare when you go in to bat, but it's important to stay in the present when you go out there. [The pitch] was a little slow, watching from outside, but my plan was clear. My role was to take the tempo up and express myself. [Adapting to different roles] I think you've got to be flexible, you should be good to bat at any number. I really love and enjoy it."

Babar Hayat: "I think we were chasing around 200, so we had to play our shots. I was playing my shots and they were coming off nicely. The way we've played in Oman and here we did well. Our fielding and batting was good - lots of positives to take for the next game. Couple of guys bowled well too."

9.25pm So India win by 40 runs but seeing Rohit Sharma's expressions, it appears this wasn't the perfect game for India by any standards. The smiles aren't there among the India players, but Rohit does take a moment to pat Suryakumar Yadav on the back as the two teams start to shake hands.

Hong Kong hit 33 off the last 12 balls - another spirited performance against India in the Asia Cup from the team.

The experienced India bowlers came to the fore - with Bhuvneshwar, Chahal and Jadeja conceding only 48 runs in 11 overs between them. 97 runs conceded in eight overs between Arshdeep and Avesh, a rare off day with the ball for the left-arm seamer.

Babar Hayat and Kinchit Shah impressed with 71 runs between them, but their strike-rates weren't too high. McKechnie and Zeeshan did entertain at the back end though.

However, we saw two impressive batting innings in the first innings. Virat Kohli getting his 31st half century to finish on an unbeaten 44-ball 59 but the batter of the day was Suryakumar Yadav of course - who hit 60 of his 66 runs in boundaries for an innings strike-rate of 261.53

Manoj: "This is not at all a convincing victory against a team like HK. Team India should rethink about their combination for the world cup. Need batters who can bowl a couple of overs and bowlers who can contribute 10-15 odd runs with bat "

19.6
1
Arshdeep Singh to McKechnie, 1 run

full outside off. Sliced drive to deep point and India win by 40 runs

19.5
1
Arshdeep Singh to Zeeshan Ali, 1 run

full toss on off. Driven to deep point for a single

19.4
4
Arshdeep Singh to Zeeshan Ali, FOUR runs

150 for Hong Kong - only the second team (after India in this first innings) to get 150+ in the 2022 Asia Cup. Yorker on off but Zeeshan backs away, gets low, sticks the bat out, and guides a shot between short third and point

19.3
4
Arshdeep Singh to Zeeshan Ali, FOUR runs

full toss on off. Gets low and laps it fine, past the leg stump, and even past short fine leg! Moved to the off side to play that shot

19.2
1
Arshdeep Singh to McKechnie, 1 run

another low full toss on leg stump. Drives with the bat's open face to backward point

Mukhtar : "150 score will be winning score for Hong Kong to build their confidence"

19.1
1
Arshdeep Singh to Zeeshan Ali, 1 run

around the stumps, yorker attempted, ends up as a very low full toss. Swiped to deep square leg

53 needed off six balls. So mere formality this over. India one over away from securing a Super 4 spot, along with Afghanistan. That makes Hong Kong v Pakistan a virtual knockout.

end of over 1921 runs
HKG: 140/5CRR: 7.36 RRR: 53.00 • Need 53 from 6b
Scott McKechnie14 (6b 2x4 1x6)
Zeeshan Ali16 (13b 1x6)
Avesh Khan 4-0-53-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-15-1
18.6
4
Avesh Khan to McKechnie, FOUR runs

short third fails to dive and stop this late cut off this length ball, and Avesh will end up conceding 53 runs. McKechnie waited for the ball to get to him before playing the shot past Chahal.

Can Avesh avoid conceding 50? Been a difficult evening in the office for him. KL Rahul helping him change his field.

18.5
4
Avesh Khan to McKechnie, FOUR runs

flourish of the wrists as this full ball on his pads is successfully clipped behind square for four!

18.4
6
Avesh Khan to McKechnie, SIX runs

that's gone all the way! Short ball outside off, McKechnie jumps up, his legs not in touch with the ground as he slaps a six over deep third!

18.3
Avesh Khan to McKechnie, no run

full on middle and leg. Can't get the bat's flow through the ball well. Mistimed to the bowler's left

18.2
1
Avesh Khan to Zeeshan Ali, 1 run

yorker attempted, almost perfect. Zeeshan drills a drive to cover for a single

18.1
6
Avesh Khan to Zeeshan Ali, SIX runs

full ball outside off. He backs away slightly, allowing him to free his arms a bit more, and absolutely tonks a lofted six over cover! In the slot, and put away. Picked the offcutter well too.

Last two overs.

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
HKG: 119/5CRR: 6.61 RRR: 37.00 • Need 74 from 12b
Scott McKechnie0 (2b)
Zeeshan Ali9 (11b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-15-1
Virat Kohli 1-0-6-0
17.6
Bhuvneshwar to McKechnie, no run

McKechnie backs away with Bhuvi running in, but gets into position before the ball is delivered. Tries the reverse lap to this full ball outside off, but misses.

17.5
Bhuvneshwar to McKechnie, no run

good length just outside off. Nurdled off the back foot with the bat's open face. Stopped at short third

17.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Zeeshan Ali, 1 run

length ball, just outside off stump. Slapped to cover, and they scurry across for one

17.3
Bhuvneshwar to Zeeshan Ali, no run

good length ball, just outside off. Tries the late cut, but can't beat Jadeja at short third. Jadeja did try the direct-hit at the batter's end but misses! Zeeshan would've been out since he slipped and fell halfway down the track

17.2
2
Bhuvneshwar to Zeeshan Ali, 2 runs

full ball outside off stump. Dug away to deep point for a couple more

17.1
W
Bhuvneshwar to Kinchit Shah, OUT

full ball just outside off. Pace off it seems, and Shah goes for a lofted shot over long off, but has only scooped it. Bishnoi - the sub - runs in, dives forward, and takes a catch while grazing the ground. A bit of a nervous wobble as the ball pops out but he recovered well to ensure it stayed in despite the elbows hitting the ground that can very often force the ball out of one's grasp

Kinchit Shah c sub (Ravi Bishnoi) b Kumar 30 (28b 2x4 1x6 50m) SR: 107.14

Mohit : "Breath of the fresh air, seems like Kohli has started enjoying this game again."

17.1
1w
Bhuvneshwar to Kinchit Shah, 1 wide

back of a length ball just outside off. Through to Pant, but the side-on umpire believes it's too high. Wide given

Bhuvi is back.

end of over 176 runs
HKG: 115/4CRR: 6.76 RRR: 26.00 • Need 78 from 18b
Kinchit Shah30 (27b 2x4 1x6)
Zeeshan Ali6 (8b)
Virat Kohli 1-0-6-0
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-18-0

H. Prasanna : "Now that India have won the game, they are giving Hong Kong some batting practice before the Pak game. 4d Chess!"

Gaurav : "How about VK the all rounder? I still remember him saying in his U19 video bio - he is an all rounder " -- I remember the "right-hand batsman, right-arm quick bowler" comment!

16.6
1
Kohli to Kinchit Shah, 1 run

economy of six in Kohli's first over. Tidy sixth-bowler job so far. Full on off, and flicked to deep midwicket where the man runs in to ensure it stays just one

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Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossHong Kong, elected to field first
Series
Season2022
Player Of The Match
India
Suryakumar Yadav
Match numberT20I no. 1754
Match days31 August 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Ahsan Raza
Bangladesh
Gazi Sohel
TV Umpire
Pakistan
Asif Yaqoob
Reserve Umpire
Afghanistan
Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
PointsIndia 2, Hong Kong 0
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TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL33060.701
PAK3214-0.279
IND31221.607
AFG3030-2.006
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PAK21123.811
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SL2112-2.233
BAN2020-0.576