Asia Cup: Suryakumar, Kohli star as India beat Hong Kong by 40 runs to seal Super Four spot | Cricket News – Times of India


DUBAI: Within the 26 balls he confronted towards Hong Kong on Wednesday, Suryakumar Yadav demonstrated all the best issues about his T20 batting whereas exposing all the things that’s not fairly proper with India’s top-three. Surya walked out to bat on the finish of the thirteenth over with the scoreboard studying 94/2 after KL Rahul went for a 39-ball 36 and Virat Kohli nonetheless putting nearly run-a-ball.
When he walked off unbeaten with 68 runs to his title and Virat Kohli by his facet with a 59 off 44, he had propelled India to 192/2. In doing so, Surya had put the sport effectively past the spirited Hong Kong workforce who completed with 152/5 having cashed in on India’s two inexperienced bowlers Arshdeep Singh (1/44) and Avesh Khan (1/53). India’s head coach Rahul Dravid, sporting a very unamused look within the dugout, will go into the Tremendous 4s with the identical set of unresolved points.
As It Happened
The pitch and Hong Kong’s inexperienced bowling seemed non-conducive to the modern-day slam-bang T20 batting until the time Surya took strike. Captain Rohit Sharma’s dismissal for 21 off 13 earlier within the innings at mid-on was indicative of a double-paced pitch.

It was a kind of days when the scoreboard belied the intent of the Indian batters, barringSurya. The primary two balls he confronted, he swept left-arm spinner Yasim Murtaza for boundaries on both facet of long-leg. Hastily, the pitch began trying completely different whereas he was on strike.
This match was at all times about oiling the equipment. Virat Kohli did get to spend sufficient time within the center and acquired the runs beneath his belt. But when his arduous partnership with Rahul is something to go by, there was a heavy layer of rust on the highest order.
It was weird until the time Rahul and Kohli batted collectively. The match was diminished to having a knock within the nets to get a really feel of the ball. It appeared spending time within the center was a better precedence than getting a transfer on. Maybe, figuring out the batting credentials of Hong Kong gave them that liberty.
The duo waited for balls to land completely of their zone to go for the massive photographs. Credit score to Hong Kong bowlers, they provided only a few. In his 44-ball knock, Kohli discovered the fence solely 4 instances. Three of these instances he cleared the deep mid-wicket stand. That’s proof of being cautious.
Surya’s innings confirmed it was neither the bowling nor the pitch. It was concerning the intent and confidence in his expertise that shredded the inexperienced workforce.
For groups like India, matches like these are supposed to flex their muscular tissues to the extent the place it seems to be like they’re bullying the newbies. For 13 overs, Hong Kong will need to have believed they acquired away. Surya moved across the crease on his nimble foot, focused all elements of the bottom and ended up bullying them smashing 4 out of his six sixes within the final over medium-pacer Haroon Arshad whilst Kohli seemed content material knocking the ball down the bottom with a straight bat.
Hopefully, the time spent within the center has shaken off the rust for Kohli and Rahul. The large groups gained’t provide a lot time to ease into an innings.


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