IND vs HK Live Score: Riding on the back of Suryakumar Yadav’s 26 balls 68 runs & Virat Kohli’s 44 balls 59 runs knock accompanied by tight bowling India registered a stunning 40-run win over Hongkong in their second fixture of the Asia Cup 2022 on Wednesday in Dubai. With this second consecutive win, India marched into the Super 4 stage of the marquee event.
IND vs HK Live Score: Virat-Suryakumar stunning knocks laid the foundation for a big win
Earlier sent in to bat first, India got off to a slow start on the sluggish Dubai pitch. Captain Rohit Sharma got off to a good start but failed to capitalize on it by getting dismissed after scoring 21 runs off 13 balls in the fifth over off Ayush Shukla’s delivery. KL Rahul & Virat Kohli tried to stabilize India’s innings by stitching a 56-run stand for the second wicket. Rahul was struggling to get going & scored 36 off 39 at a strike rate of 92.31, before getting dismissed in the 12th over off Ghazanfar’s delivery.
Virat Kohli then joined hands with Suryakumar Yadav & the duo accelerated India’s innings. But it was Suryakumar who turned heads around with his blistering 62 runs off 26 balls. He adopted the aggressor approach & took India’s score from 94-2 to 192-2 in the allotted 20 overs. Suryakumar’s gleaming knock was embellished with 6 sixes & 6 fours. His assault helped India to end their innings on a high note as India added 98 runs off the last 42 balls. In the last over the swashbuckling batter smashed Haroon Arshad for 26 runs by hitting 4 sixes to take India to 192-2.
Virat on the other end too provided valuable support by smashing an unbeaten 59 off 44 balls braced with three sixes & a four. Virat Kohli’s good form in these two fixtures will help him to gain more confidence & further accelerate his performances in their upcoming fixtures in Asia Cup 2022.
Hong Kong batters failed to get off to an Ideal Start
Chasing a target of 193 runs in front of India’s lethal bowling attack was never going to be an easy task for Hong Kong. They suffered a major jolt with Arshdeep Singh removing Yasim Murtaza in the second over for just 9 runs. Captain Nizakat Khan too couldn’t get going after getting run-out in the 6th over for 10 runs off 12 balls. Chahal & Jadeja bowled spectacular spells & didn’t allow Hong Kong batters to score big at any point. After 10 overs their score read, 65-2.
IND vs HK Live Score: Hayat-Kinchit’s efforts went in Vain
Babar Hayat along with Kinchit Shah tried to accelerate Hong Kong’s innings. Babar Hayat got the better of Indian bowlers by smashing them across the park. He scored blistering 41 runs off 35 balls before getting dismissed off Jadeja’s delivery. Aizaz Khan & Kinchit Shah then took the job into their hands & kept Hong Kong’s scoreboard ticking. However, in the 14th over Aizaz’s stint came to an end when Avesh Khan dismissed him for 14 runs off 13 balls. Kinchit Shah’s 30 off 28 balls while Zeeshan Ali’s 26 off 17 balls kept them in the hunt for the target.
But Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck to remove Kinchit & put Hong Kong in a position of dismay. In the end, Zeeshan (26 off 17 balls) & Scott McKechnie (16 off 8) played crucial cameos but it was not enough as they could post 152-5 in 20 overs, losing the clash by 40 runs.
Indian bowlers tight bowling spell handed them a well deserve-win. Yuzvendra Chahal kept things under control by conceding just 18 runs off his 4 overs. Ravindra Jadeja too practiced restricted bowling & ended his four-over spell at 1-15. Arshdeep Singh (1-44) & Avesh Khan (53-1) proved costly for India as they conceeded massive runs in front of Hong Kong.
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