Dubai – India survived a scare towards Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows within the Asia Cup on Tuesday.
Chasing a large 286-run goal, Hong Kong gave their illustrious combatants a run for his or her cash with a gap stand of 174 runs prior to collapsing to 259-Eight in 50 overs.
India had been lifted to 285-7 through a punishing 127 through Dhawan – his 14th one-day global hundred – and a wonderful 60 through the recalled Ambati Rayudu at Dubai Stadium.
The Crew A fit was once anticipated to be a one-sided affair, however Nizakat Khan scored a super 115-ball 92 with 12 fours and a six, with skipper Anshuman Rath including 73 to make India sweat for victory.
Their stand is the most efficient for any wicket through Hong Kong in an ODI, improving the 170-run stand for the fourth wicket through the similar pair towards Scotland at Mongkok in 2016.
However each fell in successive overs to provide India a sigh of reduction forward in their high-profile fit towards Pakistan on Wednesday, additionally in Dubai.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-46) and debutant paceman Khalil Ahmed (3-48) had been the pick out of Indian bowlers.
It would were the second one disappointed in successive days after five-time champions Sri Lanka had been despatched packing out of the event through Afghanistan with a 91-run win in Abu Dhabi.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have certified for the Tremendous 4 degree from Crew B, whilst Pakistan and India joined them from Crew A.
The highest two groups from the Tremendous 4 will play the September 28 ultimate in Dubai.
Dhawan and the recalled Rayudu recommended India to 285-7 in 50 overs after Hong Kong received the toss and opted to box first.
India, resting KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in anticipation of a very easy sport, had been helped to the full through an innings-building 116-run stand between Dhawan and Rayudu after skipper Rohit Sharma did not capitalise on an green bowling assault through falling on 23.
However Dhawan ensured he used the sport as excellent apply forward of the “fit of the event” towards arch opponents Pakistan, as he punished the Hong Kong bowlers at will.
Dhawan hit 15 fours and two sixes right through his 120-ball knock. However as soon as Dhawan and Rayudu fell, India misplaced their approach with Mahendra Singh Dhoni falling with out scoring.
It was once left to Dinesh Karthik (33) and Kedar Jadhav (28 now not out) to make sure India were given past the 280-mark.
The entire was once a lot not up to India’s 374-Four in the one earlier fit between the 2 groups in Karachi within the 2008 Asia Cup.