India will face Hong Kong in their second Asia Cup 2022 match on Wednesday. The two sides lock horns at the Dubai International Stadium.
Rohit Sharma and co come to the game after beating Pakistan by five wickets. Hong Kong, on the other hand, will be playing their first game of the continental tournament.
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Hong Kong’s last ODI game was against India in the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup. The two teams were a part of the group A that also had Kuwait, Singapore and the UAE.
In 2018, Rohit Sharma-led India defeated Anshuman Rath’s team by 26 runs. The win was not at all easy. The Men in Blue rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s century to put up 285 runs in 50 overs.
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The left-handed opener scored a 120-ball 127 with the help of 15 boundaries and two maximums. Ambati Rayudu made 60 runs in 70 deliveries and Dinesh Karthik got 33 runs. For Hong Kong, spinner Kinchit Shah took three wickets and Ehsan Khan returned with two.
Chasing 286 runs, Hong Kong got off to a solid start. Opener Nizakat Khan and then skipper Anshuman Rath stitched 174 runs for the first wicket. However, Kuldeep Yadav broke their stand in the 35th over and Hong Kong lost the plot. They lost seven wickets for just 85 runs as India narrowly won the match by 26 runs.
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Hong Kong have not played cricket in 850 days. They now face a much stronger Indian side and Pakistan in their next game.
In 2018, India went on to win the tournament by beating Bangladesh in a last-over thriller.
Wednesday’s fixture will mark the first meeting between India and Hong Kong in a T20I match.
Teams (from): India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Kinchit Shah, Aftab Hussain, Aizaz Khan, Ateeq Iqbal, Babar Hayat, Dhananjay Rao, Ehsan Khan, Haroon Arshad, Scott McKechnie, Ghazanfar Mohammad, Mohammad Waheed, Ayush Shukla, Ahan Trivedi, Wajid Shah, Yasim Murtaza, Zeeshan Ali.