India's Kuldeep Yadav, with Rohit Sharma, celebrates the wicket of Hong Kong's Anshuman Rath. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field against India in the fourth match of the 14th edition of the Unimoni Asia Cup being held at the Dubai International Stadium. Catch all the action as it happened here from our Chief Cricket Writer K.R. Nayar:

Chief Cricket Writer, K.R. Nayar, sums up the first half of the India-Hong Kong group match


India survive a scare before beating HK by 26 runs in their first Asia Cup game, to take on Pakistan in the big game on Wednesday.


India 1st innings
Rohit Sharma c Nizakat Khan b Ehsan Khan 23
Shikhar Dhawan c Tanwir Afzal b Kinchit Shah 127
Ambati Rayudu c Scott McKechnie b Ehsan Nawaz 60
Dinesh Karthik c Babar Hayat b Kinchit Shah 33
MS Dhoni c Scott McKechnie b Ehsan Khan 0
Kedar Jadhav Not Out  28
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Anshy Rath b Kinchit Shah 9
Shardul Thakur c Christopher Carter b Aizaz Khan 0
Extras 0b 2lb 1nb 0pen 2w  5
Total (50.0 overs)  285-7 

Fall of Wickets: 1-45 Sharma, 2-161 Rayudu, 3-240 Dhawan, 4-242 Dhoni, 5-248 Karthik, 6-277 Kumar, 7-282 Thakur 
Did Not Bat: Yadav, Ahmed, Chahal

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex
Tanwir Afzal 4 0 34 0 
Ehsan Nawaz 8 0 50 1 
Aizaz Khan 8 0 41 1 
Ehsan Khan 10 0 65 2
Nadeem Ahmed 10 0 39 0
Nizakat Khan 1 0 15 0
Kinchit Shah 9 0 39 3 

Hong Kong 1st innings
Nizakat Khan lbw Khaleel Ahmed  92
Anshy Rath c Rohit Sharma b Kuldeep Yadav 73
Babar Hayat c MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal 18
Christopher Carter c MS Dhoni b Khaleel Ahmed 3
Kinchit Shah c Shikhar Dhawan b Yuzvendra Chahal 17
Ehsan Khan c&b Khaleel Ahmed  22
Aizaz Khan lbw Yuzvendra Chahal  0
Scott McKechnie st MS Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 7
Tanwir Afzal Not Out  12
Ehsan Nawaz Not Out  2
Extras 0b 4lb 3nb 0pen 6w  13
Total (50.0 overs)  259-8 

Fall of Wickets: 1-174 Rath, 2-175 Khan, 3-191 Carter, 4-199 Hayat, 5-227 Shah, 6-228 Khan, 7-240 McKechnie, 8-256 Khan Did Not Bat : Ahmed

Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 0 50 0
Khaleel Ahmed 10 0 48 3 
Shardul Thakur 4 0 41 0
Yuzvendra Chahal 10 0 46 3
Kuldeep Yadav 10 2 42 2
Kedar Jadhav 7 0 28 0


Hong Kong is 246 for 7 at the end of 47 overs, required 40 runs more to win from 18 balls.


Chahal strikes twice in his 10th over to reduce Hong Kong to 230 for 6 in 45 overs.

India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the dismissal of Hong Kong's Aizaz Khan. AP


Hong Kong is 227 for 4 at the end of 44th over, need 59 runs more to win the match from the remaining 6 overs.


Hong Kong lose their 3rd wicket ( Carter c †Dhoni b Ahmed 3) in the 40th over, reach 192 for 3.


Nizakat Khan, Hong Kong opener falls after a gallant 92, lbw to Khaleel Ahmed to give him his first international wkt. 

Hong Kong opener Nizakat Khan plays a shot against India in their Asia Cup match in Dubai. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath goes for 73 after the openers put up 174, the associate country's best-ever stand for any wicket. Indian fans breathing easy. Hong Kong is 174 for 1 in 35 overs.


Hong Kong's Anshuman Rath also gets a half century. They reach 139 for no loss in 29 overs.


Hong Kong reach 130 for no wicket in 25 overs.


Excellent batting by Hong Kong openers (Nizakat Khan 60 not out and Anshy Rath 33 not out). They are 101 for no loss in 18 overs. 

Hong Kong opener Nizakat Khan celebrateS his half century against India with Anshuman Rath. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Steady start by Hong Kong, reach 56 for no loss in the 10th over.


Innings break: India accumulated 285 for 7 at the end of 50th over.


India lose three quick wickets in successive overs (S Dhawan c Tanwir Afzal b Shah 127), (MS Dhoni c †McKechnie b Ehsan Khan 0) and (KD Karthik c Babar Hayat b Shah 33), reach 251 for 5 at the end of 43rd over. 


India reach 237 for 2 at the end of 40th over, with Shikhar Dhawan 127 not out and Dinesh Karthik 27 not out.

Fans watch India playing their first Asia Cup match against Hong Kong in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


India's 2nd wicket falls (AT Rayudu c †McKechnie b Ehsan Nawaz 60) in the 30th over. India is 163 for 2 at the end of this over.


Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu plays a shot against Hong Kong in their Asia Cup match in Dubai. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News



India reach 127 for 1 in 23 overs. Shikhar Dhawan is 67 not out and Ambati Rayudu is 37 not out. Their partnership has made 83 runs in 15.2 overs so far. 

Shikhar Dhawan acknowledges the crowd after completing his half century against Hong Kong. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News


Ehsan Khan gets Indian skipper Rohit Sharma out caught at  mid-off by Nizakat Khan for 23. India has hit ten boundaries in their total of 56 for 1 in the first ten overs.

Twenty-year-old left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed will make his debut for India against Hong Kong. Indian opener K.L. Rahul not in the playing XI.


India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed.

Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath (captain), Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed.