Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in the course of the match.© AFP
Star batsman Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav hit half-centuries to assist India transfer into the Asia Cup Super Four stage with a 40-run win over Hong Kong on Wednesday. Kohli made 59 whereas Suryakumar smashed 68 off 26 balls because the pair placed on an unbeaten stand of 98 to steer India to 192-2 after being put in to bat first within the Twenty20 event in Dubai. Hong Kong have been restricted to 152-5 in reply as India registered their second successive victory to affix Afghanistan within the subsequent spherical of the six-nation event, which acts as a tune-up to the T20 World Cup in October-November. However it was Suryakumar’s batting blitz that stood out because the quantity 4 blasted his method to a 22-ball fifty and completed the innings with 4 sixes within the last over.
Hong Kong, who made the primary draw after profitable all three of their matches within the qualifiers in Oman, had largely saved India in examine earlier than shedding their approach as soon as Suryakumar began teeing off.
The 33-year-old Kohli, who’s going by an prolonged batting stoop and made 35 in his crew’s opening win over Pakistan, additionally received going to finish his thirty first half-century in his a hundred and first T20 worldwide.
Skipper Rohit Sharma began cautiously earlier than clubbing Hong Kong medium-pace bowler Haroon Arshad for 2 sixes and a 4 in a 22-run third over.
Spinner Ehsan Khan slowed the scoring and seamer Ayush Shukla reaped the advantages within the subsequent over as he took down Rohit with a gradual off-cutter. He made 21.
Kohli walked in to loud cheers from a sparse Indian crowd however struggled to play freely in opposition to a disciplined bowling assault which saved the runs down.
Kohli lastly opened as much as get a boundary with a straight drive off leg-spinner Mohammad Ghazanfar and shortly discovered some rhythm as he hit three sixes in his 44-ball knock.
KL Rahul and Kohli saved the rating ticking with singles and twos with occasional boundaries to placed on 56 runs earlier than Ghazanfar broke by with the wicket of Rahul (36). Left-arm fast Arshdeep Singh struck early for India with the wicket of Yasim Murtaza however Babar Hayat countered with some attacking pictures.
Skipper Nizakat Khan fell to a direct throw from Ravindra Jadeja, who then eliminated Hayat for 41 along with his left-arm spin.
Kinchit Shah (30) and Zeeshan Ali (26 not out) additionally performed helpful knocks to scale back 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 moved clear with two wins.
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