Dubai: Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a brilliant century as India set a target of 286 runs for Hong Kong in their opener in the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Tuesday.
Dhawan (127) hit his 14th ODI century before he was caught out and India scored 285 for seven in the stipulated 50 overs. Ambati Rayudu scored 60 and was involved in a 116 run partnership with Dhawan.
Opener Rohit Sharma (23) and Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu helped India post an unlikely victory over the toss. Dinesh Karthik (33) also broke India’s run-rate. In the end, the Hong Kong bowlers added Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9) and Shardul Thakur (0) to the pavilion. Kedar Jadhav (25 not out) was careful not to fall into the wickets.
A total of six teams participate in the Asian Cup. In the ‘A’ category, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong teams play Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.