The desert city at night was illuminated by the brilliance of Suryakumar Yadav. Virat Kohli got the desired half-century from the bat. India went to the Super Four as the number one team after defeating Hong Kong by 40 runs under the power of youthful rule and legendary batting. Batting first, India made 192 for two in Dubai on Wednesday. Surya remained unbeaten with 68 runs off 26 balls. Hit six sixes, and six fours. Virat remained unbeaten at 59 runs from 44 balls. The former India captain hit three sixes and one four from his bat. In reply, Hong Kong stopped chasing runs at 152 for five wickets.
At the end of India’s innings, an unprecedented scene was seen. Suryakumar comes out and Virat himself stands in front of him bowing his head slightly. Surya deserves all the credit for the innings he played that day. Surya and Virat scored 54 runs in the last three overs. Most of which came from Surya’s bat.
There was one thing that Indian cricket fans had their eye on in the match against Hong Kong in the group stage of the Asia Cup. Will Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli return to rhythm? Rohit made 21 off 13 balls but could not show his power in that way. Rahul also played some eye-catching shots but could not crush the Hong Kong bowling. Which Suryakumar did. He hit four sixes in the last over. At one time, it seemed that Surya might be able to hit six sixes in that over of Haroon Arshad.
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This batsman of India’s middle row was taking himself forward by hitting three sixes in the first three balls. But on the fourth ball, Haroon bowled a slow bouncer over the off stump. Surya could not touch the ball even if he tried. But it was not wide. Surya hit another six on the fifth ball. Two runs off the last ball.
On the other hand, Virat played a quiet inning. He was a bit cautious in the beginning. But he did not think twice to use it even if he got a small chance. Formers like Ravi Shastri say a half-century can bring Virat back to his old ways. If the innings of the Hong Kong match bring the legendary batsman back to his glory, it will be a great achievement for India. However, Hong Kong made an admirable effort to chase the run. Batsman Babar Hayat, who dropped to number three, scored 41 runs off 35 balls.
A strange thing happened at the end of the match. Rohit handed the ball to Virat. Many believe that Virat was used to increase the over rate as the two spinners ran out of overs.
There was only one change in the Indian team that day. Hardik Pandya was rested and Rishabh Pant played. Rishabh was the keeper instead of Dinesh Karthik. But neither he nor Karthik got a chance to bat.