India beat Hong Kong by 26 runs in their opening game of Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai and qualified for the Super Four stage.
After being asked to bat first, India started well and was 238/2 after 40 overs but in the last 10 overs, Hong Kong bowlers made a great come back and conceded just 47 runs and restricted India to 285/7.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan played an awesome knock of 127 runs and Ambati Rayudu also chipped in with a fifty. In reply openers Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath gave a perfect start to their team and added 174 runs for the first wicket and at that time Hong Kong were looking good to shock number 2 ranked ODI side but debutant Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav's brilliant bowling pulled things back for India and helped India to clinched a 26 runs victory. Shikhar Dhawan was named Man of The Match.
All the major stats and facts from the fourth match of Asia Cup 2018 between India and Hong Kong :
9 - MS Dhoni bagged 9th duck of his ODI cricket and 20th duck overall in international cricket.
14 - Shikhar Dhawan scored 14th hundred of his ODI career - the joint fifth most hundreds for India in ODI cricket.
Most hundreds for India in ODI cricket -
Sachin Tendulkar - 49
Virat Kohli - 35
Sourav Ganguly - 22
Rohit Sharma - 18
Virender Sehwag - 15
SHIKHAR DHAWAN / Yuvraj Singh - 14
16 - Khaleel Ahmed took three wickets on his ODI debut - the 16th Indian bowler to take 3 wickets on ODI debut.
92 - Nizakat Khan's 92 runs is the highest ever individual score by a player from associate teams against India in ODI cricket.
Highest individual score by an associate player against India in ODI cricket -
92 - Nizakat Khan (Hong Kong) at Dubai, 2018
83 - Maurice Odumbe (Kenya) at Gwalior, 1998
77 - Steve Tikolo (Kenya) at Bangalore, 1998
76* - David Hemp (Bermuda) at Port of Spain, 2007
147 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar's ODI bowling strike rate in 2018. He has taken only 2 wickets at an average of 150 and at a strike rate of 147 in 7 ODIs he played this year.
174 - The 174 runs opening partnership between Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath is the highest ever partnership for Hong Kong for any wicket in ODI cricket.
Highest partnership for Hong Kong in ODI cricket -
174 - Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath (1st wkt) vs India at Dubai, 2018
170 - Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath (4th wkt) vs Scotland at Mong Kok, 2016
142 - Anshuman Rath and Babar Hayat (2nd wkt) vs PNG at ICCA Dubai, 2017
120* - Anshuman Rath and Babar Hayat (4th wkt) vs PNG at Mong Kok, 2016
Highest opening stands in losing run chases -
188 - Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga vs India at Rajkot, 2009
174 - Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan vs India at Dubai, 2018
166 - Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder vs India at Christchurch, 2009
165 - Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick vs Australia at Hobart, 2003
160 - AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith vs Australia at Basseterre, 2007
259 - Hong Kong's total of 259 runs is the second highest total by an associate team against India in ODI cricket.
Highest total by associate teams against India in ODI cricket -
265/5 - Kenya at Gwalior, 1998
259/8 - Hong Kong at Dubai, 2018
259 - Ireland at Hamilton, 2015
246/6 - Kenya at Port Elizabeth, 2001