Dubai, September 1 (SO News/Agency) India defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs in the second match of Group A of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Hong Kong won the toss and invited Team India to bat. Team India scored 192 runs for 2 wickets in 20 overs. In response to the target of 193 runs, the Hong Kong team scored 152 runs for 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
In the first match of Group A, India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets. After defeating Hong Kong, the Rohit Sharma-led team reached the Super-4. Now the winner of the match between Pakistan and Hong Kong from this group will reach the next round. Afghanistan have already reached Super 4 from Group B.
In the match against Hong Kong, Virat Kohli scored 59 runs off 44 balls and Surya Kumar Yadav scored 68 runs off 26 balls on behalf of Team India. There has been a change in Team India. Rishabh Pant got a chance to replace Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma made history. Team India captain Rohit Sharma made a world record in the match against Hong Kong. In the very first over of the match, he completed 3500 runs in his T20 International career. He became the first batsman in the world to do so. Rohit made his T20 International debut in 2007. In the early years, he had talent but could not perform to his liking. His career took a turn in 2013 and since then he hasn’t looked back. In the last 5 years, Rohit has played 72 T20 International matches and scored 2156 runs. During this time, 3 centuries have also been scored with his bat.
Virat hits half-century after 6 months Former India captain Virat Kohli’s recent form has not been good. Virat was struggling to score a single run for the last 3 years. Kohli scored his first T20 half-century in six months against Hong Kong on Wednesday. Kohli took a long 11 innings between his two fifties. In his innings against Hong Kong, Kohli scored 59 runs at a strike rate of 134. During this time, 3 sixes and one four were hit from his bat. Kohli has long faced backlash from people for his poor performances. When Kohli came into the field in the first match against Pakistan, people expected him to play a big innings but only 35 runs came out of his bat.
Virat performed another miracle in the match against Hong Kong. He bowled in T20 international cricket after 6 years. Along with this, Virat Kohli was seen bowling in international cricket after 2 years. He last bowled in the 2020 Test against New Zealand in Christchurch. Meanwhile, when it comes to T20 cricket, Virat last bowled in the 2016 T20 World Cup. Virat also managed to take 1 wicket in this match but India lost the match and was out of the World Cup race
Suryakumar hits four sixes in the last over Suryakumar Yadav has made a name for himself in international cricket. Coming into the field against Hong Kong, the player hit two consecutive fours off the first two balls. In the last over he introduced a 360 degree range and hit 4 sixes. The pressure of Surya striking on bowler Haroon Arshad was clearly visible. Due to this pressure, he bowled his first ball outside the off-stump.
It was a gift for Suriya who was at the peak of his career. Surya attacks the ball and hits a long six over cover. On the second ball too, the bowler gave the batsman plenty of space in the offside, taking advantage of which he hit another six over deep extra cover. With this six, Surya completed his half-century in just 22 balls. Under pressure on the third ball, Harun bowled Surya on the forward ball, which Surya took full advantage of and hit the bowler’s head for a long six. Harun bowls back off length on the 5th ball of the over. Surya also had his answer. He struck another piece. Surya’s shot went over the wicketkeeper’s head. By the end of the 20th over, he scored 68 runs in 26 balls at a strike rate of 261.
Nazakat’s wicket fell on a free hit. A strange incident was also seen in the match. Nazakat Khan who was playing very well for Hong Kong was dismissed on a free hit. Actually, Arsdeep Singh came to bowl the sixth over of the match. His foot went out of the crease on the first ball. Arshad had to pay the price in the form of a free hit. Nazakat Khan punches towards the point on the free hit. After that, Ravindra Jadeja, who was fielding there, caught the ball and threw it straight on the stumps. Nizakat needed more agility to avoid Jadeja’s shot. The matter reached the third umpire. He felt that Nazakat was out of the crease on the throw and thus gave away his wicket on a free hit.
Journey from showing eyes to greeting Surya Kumar Yadav played a brilliant innings of 68 runs against Hong Kong. In this innings, Surya scored runs at a strike rate of 261. When India’s innings ended, Virat Kohli bowed and saluted Suriya’s brilliant innings. This is the same Virat who was sledging Suryakumar Yadav during the 38th match of IPL 2020. During the sledding, Virat also showed his eyes to Surya but Surya did not say anything at that time. Responding with the bat, he scored 79 runs in 43 balls and gave Mumbai the match. Surya Kumar Yadav made Virat crazy with his brilliant batting against Hong Kong. Both also shared a partnership of 92 runs off 42 balls for the third wicket.