India v Hong Kong at Karachi Asia Cup Cricket 2008


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IND v HK, Asia Cup 2008: India beat Hong Kong by 256 runs

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina hit centuries and led India to a 256-run victory against inexperienced Hong Kong in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.
India posted the Asia Cup's biggest ever score of 374-4 off 50 overs then bowled Hong Kong for 118 in 36.5 overs. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 109 off 96 balls while left-handed Raina entertained with his maiden century, 101 off just 68 deliveries. Dhoni then featured in three stumpings behind the wickets off legspinner Piyush Chawlam, who took 4-23.
The defeat eliminated Hong Kong, a day after it lost its first group match against Pakistan by 155 runs. India will take on archrival Pakistan in the last group match on Thursday to decide the top two finishers for the Super Four stage.
The Indian total bettered the Asia Cup's previous best total of 343-5 - made by Pakistan against Hong Kong at Colombo in 2004. Irfan Ahmed's effort of 23 runs off 43 balls was the best individual score for Hong Kong, whose bowlers struggled to contain India's strong lineup. Dhoni's fourth limited-overs century was studded with six fours and six sixes. Raina's first hundred included seven fours and five sixes.
The opening pair of Virender Sehwag (78) and Gautam Gambhir (51) gave India a strong start of 127 runs off 87 deliveries as none of the Hong Kong bowlers could stop the flurry of boundaries. Sehwag hit 13 fours and two sixes. Left-arm spinner Najeeb Amar (2-40) briefly stemmed the flow of runs when he removed both openers. Sehwag, who was twice dropped on 40 and 68, finally holed out at long-on and Gambhir was caught by Roy Lamsam.
Rohit Sharma (11) was run out in a mix-up with Dhoni at the halfway stage of the innings before Raina joined in a partnership with the captain. Raina hit five sixes - three in one over off Shkawat Ali - and achieved the century mark with another six off Afzaal Haider (1-72), but was caught two balls later.
IND v HK, Asia Cup 2008: India 374 for 4 (50.0 overs) beat Hong Kong 118 (36.4 overs) by 256 runs

India v Hong Kong at Karachi

Score Card

India won the toss and decided to bat
374 for 4 (50.0 overs)
118 all out (36.4 overs)

India Innings - Close
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Gambhir c Lamsam b Amar
51
54 7 0
Sehwag c Irfan b Amar
78
44 13 2
R Sharma run out
 
11
29 0 0
Dhoni not out
 
109
96 6 6
Raina c Irfan b Haider
101
68 7 5
Uthappa not out
 
15
9 0 1
Extras
 
2w 6b 1lb 9
 
Total
 
for 4 374 (50.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Haider 6.0 0 72 1
Irfan 6.0 0 53 0
Lamsam 2.0 0 27 0
Nadeem 8.0 0 52 0
Amar 10.0 0 40 2
Dar 10.0 0 55 0
Ali 8.0 0 68 0
Fall of wicket
 
127 Sehwag
136 Gambhir
159 R Sharma
325 Raina

Hong Kong Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Dar st Dhoni b Chawla
21
37 2 0
Ali lbw b RP Singh
0
3 0 0
Atkinson c and b Y Pathan
23
46 3 0
Butt st Dhoni b Chawla
4
15 0 0
Kruger st Dhoni b Chawla
3
16 0 0
Irfan run out
 
25
43 5 0
Lamsam run out
 
16
30 3 0
Dar c Y Pathan b Chawla
4
4 1 0
Amar not out
 
13
16 3 0
Haider
 
b Sehwag
0
10 0 0
Nadeem c Dhoni b Sehwag
0
1 0 0
Extras
 
7w 2lb 9
 
Total
 
all out 118 (36.4 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Kumar 5.0 0 21 0
RP Singh 4.0 0 19 1
Gony 5.0 1 11 0
Chawla 10.0 2 23 4
Y Pathan 10.0 0 37 1
Sehwag 2.4 0 5 2
Fall of wicket
 
4 Ali
49 Dar
54 Butt
54 Atkinson
67 Kruger
91 Irfan
99 Dar
109 Lamsam
118 Haider
118 Nadeem

Umpires: A L Hill, B G Jerling
Hong Kong: Dar, Kruger, Haider, Butt, Amar, Ali, Lamsam, Atkinson, Nadeem, Irfan, Dar
India: Gambhir, Sehwag, R Sharma, Uthappa, Y Pathan, Dhoni, Raina, Chawla, Kumar, RP Singh, Gony

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.