Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team defeated the Nizakat Khan-led Hong Kong National Cricket Team by 40 runs in match No.4 of the Asia Cup 2022 on Wednesday, August 31, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Losing the toss and batting first, Team India were able to post 192/2 on the board. Rohit Sharma scored a 13-ball 21 and his opening partner KL Rahul scored a poor 36 runs off 39 balls.
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Suryakumar Yadav played an absolutely sensational knock of 68 at a strike rate of 261.54 and his innings consisted of 6 fours and 6 sixes. Also, former India captain Virat Kohli scored good 59 runs off 44 balls, including 1 four and 3 sixes.
Chasing the target, Hong Kong lost two wickets inside the powerplay. The HKG batters gave a decent fight to India and they were able to score 152/5 in their 20 overs with Babar Hayat (41) finishing as the top run-getter for the side.
Talking about the Indian bowling unit, youngsters Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan had a pretty bad day on the field. Both the young pacers bagged one wicket each, but Avesh conceded 53 runs and Arshdeep gave away 44 runs. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja bagged one wicket each.
We batted pretty well to start with, got to a very good score – Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation ceremony, India Captain Rohit Sharma said that they could have done a slightly better job in the bowling department in the match. He said:
“We batted pretty well to start with, got to a very good score. Came out and bowled reasonably well, we could have done slightly better with the ball.”
Rohit Sharma further showered high praise on the middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav for his sensational knock and said that the batter played fearlessly. Rohit said:
“(SKY) The kind of innings he played today, the words will be short. We have seen that with him every now and then. He comes up with such kinds of knocks. He just comes out and bats fearlessly which is what the team expects from him. Some of the shots he played today, those are not written anywhere in the book. It was very pleasing to watch. Shot selection was also crucial. We know he can play all around the park.”
“We have also informed the group about this (flexibility in the batting order) as well. Most of the guys are ready to take the opportunity and be ready to bat wherever required. That’s the flexibility we need. We’ll take those chances. We are going to try and use the right match-ups,” Rohit Sharma further said.
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