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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: However, today was a prime example of how important fitness is in modern day cricket. As the overs went on, Nizakat Khan started to tire out. He found it difficult to score and that built pressure. The run rate kept on building and a wicket was around the corner and that is exactly what happened. Kuldeep got the first and that opened the floodgates. It was all India after that as Khaleel the debutant then showed what he is capable of. He got rid of Nizakat who missed out on a well-deserved ton. He finished with a three-fer along with Chahal who ran through the middle order. He too ended with three wickets to his name. Thakur had a day to forget as he was taken for a plenty. However, Kedar Jadhav made up for him with a very economical spell. Kumar too did not have a great day at the office.

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: Chasing an above par total of 286, the Hong Kong openers came out all guns blazing. They took the attack to the Indian pacers and scored freely against them. They also tackled the spin twins really well. Yes, they did not score at the same rate against them as they did against the pacers but they were surely keeping the score board moving. Nizakat Khan mainly, he was the aggressor as he got to his half ton in no time. The skipper played as the perfect foil to him as he also got to his half ton. The two added Hong Kong’s highest partnership in ODI cricket and at that time they were well in the game.

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: So, it all ends how everyone though it would with India winning their first game and knocking Hong Kong out of the 2018 Asia Cup. However, credit has to be given to them for the fight they have shown in this game. Especially after their outing against Pakistan, I do not think a lot people would have thought they would have fought this hard, against a team which probably a lot people felt was a tougher test.

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: A beauty to end the game! India can now afford to smile as they have come out victorious. A yorker just around off, Afzal tries to jam it out but is beaten. INDIA WIN BY 26 RUNS! India (285/7) beat Hong Kong (259/8). Chahal 3/46, Khaleel 3/48, Nizakat 92, Anshuman 73

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: OUT! Khaleel Ahmed picks up another one, the youngster is having a dream debut here for India. What a match he is having. Hong Kong 256/8. chase 286 to win vs India (285/7)

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: FOUR! So 5 maximums is what Hong Kong need in the last over. Do they have a Yuvraj or a Gibbs in them? Kumar dishes out a full toss and the batsman hits it through mid off for a boundary. Hong Kong 240/7. chase 286 to win vs India (285/7)

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Cricket Score and Updates, 4th ODI: OUT! STUMPED! 50th ODI wicket for Kuldeep Yadav! He becomes the second fastest to get to that milestone. Just behind Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka. McKechnie had no other option but to go for it and perishes in an attempt to do so. He steps out and swings wildly. Does not pick the googly and the ball beats the bat by a month. Dhoni behind collects it and whips the bails off. Hong Kong 240/7. chase 286 to win vs India (285/7)

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Hong Kong, Highlights 4th ODI: A complacent India survived a mighty scare before recording an unimpressive 26-run win over minnows Hong Kong in their opening group league match of the Asia Cup on Tuesday. In pursuit of a stiff 286-run target, unheralded Hong Kong opening pair of Nizakat Khan (92) and skipper Anshuman Rath (73) added a record 174-run partnership to raise the visions of a major upset before inexperience cost them dear as they managed 259 for eight.

Nizakat and Rath’s 174-run stand is the associate nation’s highest partnership in ODI cricket. This was after Shikhar Dhawan found his mojo in familiar flat tracks with lack of movement, helping himself to his 14th ODI century.

Dhawan, who had a horrendous tour of England, cashed in on the chance against a weaker opposition on a low and slow continental pitch, smashing 127 off 120 balls as India scored 285 for seven after being asked to bat.

Unless a miracle happens, there won’t be a remarkable improvement in their performance against an Indian team that boasts of the likes of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav in batting along with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in bowling.

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Slightly nervous, but excited to lead this squad in the #AsiaCup2018 – Captain @ImRo45 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/eQfN8ryAQf

However, India, the number two ranked ODI side, still cannot take the minnows lightly and the matches in the other group would serve them as a lesson where Bangladesh and Afghanistan have knocked out five-times champion Sri Lanka out of the tournament.

Squads

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.