India vs Hong Kong, Highlights: India seal their berth in the Super 4s by comfortably beating Hong Kong by 40 runs. Hong Kong will be very proud of their chase, but the target proved a tad too high.
Earlier, A 98-run stand for the third wicket between Suryakumar Yadav (68 not out) and Virat Kohli (59 not out) helped to put on 192 runs in 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav scored a 22-ball fifty, his sixth in the T20Is. On the other hand, after a sedate start, Virat Kohli scored a 40-ball fifty, his 31st in the T20I.
India: 192 for 2 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 59 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 68 not out)
Hong Kong: 152 for 5 in 20 overs (Babar Hayat 41, Kinchit Shah 30, Zeeshan Ali 26 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/15, Ravindra Jadeja 1/15)
There is no more a reassuring sight for his club and country than Suryakumar Yadav striding out to bat in a T20 game. The entry is nondescript—there is no swagger or strut, rather a keenness to start batting as soon as possible. There is no drama, he just winds his arms to unstiffen his muscles, stretches his neck this way. But he brings with him a crest of calm, a wave of hope, and a mountain of certitude. The crowd have begun to appreciate not just the spectacular strokes he could unpack, but also the sheer value he adds. They greet him with as resounding an applause as they do for Virat Kolhi. There is a spontaneous burst of excitement, a sense of awe, and a belief that something special would unfold, something they could treasure forever. Read More
India defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs. Poor outings for Indian young pacers Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh. Both of them looked scratchy. At the end of the day, it was Suryakumar Yadav’s knock that changed the course of the match. Virat Kohli must be feeling good as well after scoring his half-century. KL Rahul is another Indian cricketer who looked scratchy.
This is poor bowling from Avesh Khan. He has lost his rhythm. He has conceded 21 runs in his last over. Hong Kong need 53 runs in 6 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (140/5 in 19 overs)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes! Ravi Bishnoi grabs a good catch. Kinchit Shah departs for 30. Hong Kong need 77 runs in 17 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (116/5 in 17.1 overs)
Virat Kohli into the action. He is bowling after a gap of six years. Six came from Kohli’s first over. Hong Kong need 78 runs in 18 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (115/4 in 17 overs)
Avesh Khan gets a wicket. Aizaz Khan goes for 14. Slower ball at the stumps, Aizaz Khan moves leg-side for a heave and is early into his shot. The ball eludes the inside edge and crashes into the stumps. Hong Kong need 87 runs in 30 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (106/4 in 15 overs)
Trust Ravindra Jadeja to turn an adverse situation his team’s way, be it with bat, ball or in the field. After playing a crucial role with the bat in the win over Pakistan, the all-rounder gave another example of his exemplary qualities in the other two departments of the game. He affected a run-out on a free hit from Arshdeep Singh – when no other mode of dismissal was possible. He nailed a direct hit from point to find Nizakat Khan short when he had taken a couple of steps down the pitch before aborting the run. Hong Kong had made a decent start to the chase and even though it would be an exaggeration to say the Indians would have been worried at that stage, the underdogs were well in the game when Jadeja intervened. He then chipped in with four typically thrifty overs, returning figures of 1-15 to ensure the outcome. All in a day’s work for one of the premier all-format all-rounders in contemporary cricket. (Tushar Bhaduri)
Good comeback from Arshdeep Singh after conceding a boundary off the first ball. Seven runs come from his third over. Hong Kong need 95 runs in 36 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (98/3 in 14 overs)
“Joke kaati-kitu irukaar Suryakumar Yadav!” (He is playing it as if it were a joke” That’s former India opener Abhinav Mukund on Tamil commentary after gasping at Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning six to bring up his hundred. Sitting next to him was another former India opener S Ramesh, the one with the languid wondrous wrists, who piped up: “Hardik Pandya looks stunned too and Rahul Dravid must be wondering, “what was that, we never played those shots in our time!”. Here is the shot. Just prior to release, Suryakumar had lunged across to the offside on a bent knee, suggesting he was going to sweep him over square-leg. The bowler adjusted to push it wider outside off stump. But Surya quickly re-adjusted his original thought, and somehow with great fluidity in the bat flow, sliced the ball over cover point for an outrageously skilled six. Read More
Jadeja removes the dangerous-looking Babar Hayat for 41. Ravindra Jadeja to Babar Hayat, good length ball, pitching outside off stump, flatter trajectory, the batter goes after it but gets a leading edge towards Avesh Khan at short third man.That is his second catch of the match.
He came. He hit. He made us #BelieveInBlue with a 5⃣0⃣.
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Runs have dried for Hong Kong after the powerplay. India are operating with spinners (Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal) from both ends. Only ten came from the last three overs. Hong Kong need 132 runs in 66 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (61/2 in 9 overs)
Jadeja hits a bulls eye. A direct-hit and Nizakat Khan is out for 10 on a free hit. Hong Kong need 142 runs in 84 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (51/2 in 6 overs)
Expensive over from Arshdeep Singh. Two free hits and 17 came from Arshdeep’s over. Hong Kong need 142 runs to win the match in 90 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (51/2 in 6 overs)
First maximum for Hong Kong and Babar Hayat. He just stands and delivers. Next ball, Babar hammers one over mid-off for a boundary. Twelve runs came from Avesh’s first over. Hong Kong need 159 runs to win the match in 90 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (34/1 in 5 overs)
Spin introduced into the attack. Ravindra Jadeja gives away only three runs in his first over. Hong Kong need 170 runs to win the match in 96 balls. IND: (192/2) vs HK (23/1 in 4 overs)
What a terrific shot by Babar Hayat. In the arc and out of the park. Seven came from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second over. IND: (192/2) vs HK (19/1 in 3 overs)
FOUR AND OUT FOR MURTUZA! Arshdeep bounces him out. Good tumbling catch from Avesh Khan. Hong Kong need 181 runs to win the match. IND: (192/2) vs HK (12/1 in 2 overs)
Streaky, but Hong Kong won’t mind it. A thick outside edge flies just over a leaping Ravindra Jadeja at backward point. IND: (192/2) vs HK (12/0 in 1.5 overs)
Hong Kong openers Nizakat Khan and Yasim Murtaza are out in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India. Hong Kong need 193 runs to win the match. IND: (192/2) vs HK (0/0 in 0 over)