India vs Hong Kong – HK Playing 11 vs IND (Scheduled), Match 04
Asian Cup 2022: India vs Hong Kong – HK Playing 11 vs IND (Planned), Match 04. Defending champions India will face Hong Kong on August 31, Wednesday at 7.30pm IST after beating Pakistan by 5 wickets in their Asian Cup 2022 opener. The versatile brilliance of Hardik Pandya has propelled India to a thrilling five-wicket victory against rivals Pakistan in a 2022 Asian Cup match on Sunday 28th August 2022.
Hardik Pandya finished with numbers of 3/25 in 4 overs while limiting Pakistan to 147 in 19.5 overs, then broke 33 of 17 balls with the winning six in the final over knocked down by left arm spinner Mohammed Nawaz.
Hong Kong finished ahead of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore in the qualifying round. Hong Kong played against Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore in the 2022 Asian Cup qualifier. They won against all three teams and beat Kuwait for first place.
They were also part of the last Asian Cup in 2018 and were in the same group as India and Pakistan. Incredibly, they will join the same two teams again in the next edition in Group A.
India and Hong Kong have faced each other in 2 matches in ODI. Out of these 2 matches, India won both matches while Hong Kong did not emerge victorious once. Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath put in 174 for the first stand in a pursuit of 286 but Indian bowlers pulled back after Shikhar Dhawan’s 127 set things up in their previous Asian Cup 2018 encounter at the ODI format.
Shikhar Dhawan’s 14th Century ODI had taken India to 285 for 7, with the Hong Kong bowlers nullifying a strong start to allow just 48 runs in the final ten overs. They carried that dynamic momentum with them when they came out at bat, flyhalf Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath setting up a 174-run partnership, the highest in Hong Kong in ODI.
India, after being inserted, were doing well, thanks to a 116-point stand between Ambati Rayudu (60) and Shikhar Dhawan (127). The latter came in at a brilliant ton and when he was there, India looked like it was crossing 300.
Rookie pacer Khaleel Ahmed got rid of Nizakat Khan who missed a well deserved ton. He finished with a three-for with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal crossing the middle order. He too finished with three wickets to his name. Shardul Thakur had the day off, conceding 10.25 points/plus.
Asian Cup 2018: India 285 for 7 (Dhawan 127, Rayudu 60, Kinchit 3-39, Ehsan Khan 2-65) defeated hong kong 259 for 8 (Nizakat 92, Rath 73, Chahal 3-46, Khaleel 3-48, Kuldeep 2-42) by 26 runs
In their previous ODI encounter at the 2008 Asian Cup, MS Dhoni and his team marked the 25th anniversary of India’s World Cup triumph with an emphatic 256-point victory over Hong Kong in Karachi to start their Asian Cup campaign in style.
India rested Yuvraj Singh and Ishant Sharma for this game but they didn’t miss much as Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni helped each other for ages against an ill-fated bowling attack after Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir built a platform, before the spinner, Piyush Chawla baffled Hong Kong batsmen.
Asian Cup 2008: India 374 for 4 (Dhoni 109*, Raina 101, Sehwag 78) defeated hong kong 118 (Chawla 4-23) by 256 runs
Asian Cup 2022: HK playing 11 (expected) v IND, game 04
Yasim Murtaza and Nizakat Khan will likely open the round. Skipper Nizakat Khan scored 978 points in 51 T20Is averaging 19.95 with 5 fifty and took 4 scalps with a best of 3/19 averaging 20.75. His last ODI came against India in the 2018 Asian Cup. He made his debut in both limited formats in 2014. He will be the man to watch in the 2022 Asian Cup game against Japan. ‘India.