Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav during the match.© AFP
Star batsman Virat Kohli And Surya Kumar Yadav Scored half-centuries to help India reach the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup with a 40-run win over Hong Kong on Wednesday. Kohli made 59 and Surya Kumar 68 off 26 balls as the pair put on an unbeaten stand of 98 to take India to 192-2 after coming out to bat first in the Twenty20 tournament in Dubai. Hong Kong were restricted to 152-5 in reply as India registered their second successive victory to join Afghanistan in the next round of the six-nation tournament, which serves as a tie-up to the T20 World Cup in October-November. . But it was Surya Kumar’s batting that came to the fore as the number four reached his fifty off 22 balls before ending the innings with four sixes in the final over.
Hong Kong, who made the crucial draw after winning all three of their matches in the qualifiers in Oman, largely kept India in check before losing their way after Surya Kumar teed off.
The 33-year-old Kohli, who is coming off a long batting slump and scored 35 in his side’s opening win against Pakistan, is also on course to complete his 31st half-century in his 101st T20 International.
Skipper Rohit Sharma started cautiously before clubbing the Hong Kong medium pacer. Haroon Arshad Two sixes and a four in the third over of 22 runs.
Spinner Ehsan Khan slowed the scoring and the seamer. Ayush Shukla He capitalized on this in the next over when he got Rohit down with a slow off-cutter. He made 21.
Kohli walked off to loud cheers from the sparse Indian crowd but struggled to play freely against a disciplined bowling attack that kept the runs down.
Kohli finally opens up the leg-spinner to get a boundary with a straight drive. Muhammad Ghazanfar And soon found some rhythm as he hit three sixes in a 44-ball innings.
KL Rahul And Kohli ticked the score with occasional boundaries and singles and twos to make 56 runs before Ghaznavis fell with the wicket of Rahul (36). Left-arm pacer Arsdeep Singh struck the opening stroke for India with the wicket of Yassim Murtaza but Babar Hayat responded with some attacking shots.
Captain Nizakat Khan was hit by a direct throw. Ravindra JadejaWho dismissed Hayat for 41 runs with his left-arm spin.
Kunchit Shah (30) and Zeeshan Ali (26 not out) also played useful innings to narrow the margin of defeat.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will battle it out for a Super Four spot from Group B in a do-or-die match on Thursday after Afghanistan cleaned up with two wins.
The topics mentioned in this article.