“I think the way we started with the ball, we were amazing till 13th over, fielding was good too. But we slipped after that, especially in the death overs, but the way Suryakumar batted, it was good to watch. I think it [Asia Cup] was a big opportunity for all the boys. I know we were away for a long time, the boys were playing with injuries, and credit goes to them, very proud of them. I think we’re going to sit down tomorrow, we will look at our death bowling, we will improve in the next game.”
“I think we were chasing around 200, so we had to play our shots. I was playing my shots and they were coming off nicely. The way we’ve played in Oman and here we did well. Our fielding and batting was good – lots of positives to take for the next game. A couple of guys bowled well too.”
“We batted pretty well to start with, and got to a very good score at the end, and came out and bowled reasonably well. Thought we could have done slightly better with the ball. Honestly the kind of innings that [Suryakumar] played today, the words will be short. Every now and then, he comes up with such kind of knocks. With the confidence he’s got, he’s going to come out and bat fearlessly, and some of the shots he played today, are not in the books.
The shot selection was also crucial, we know he can play all around the park, and that’s what he did today. [Flexibility] It is something we want to keep in our minds. We’ve also informed the group about this. Most of the guys are ready to take the opportunity and bat wherever they need to. We can talk about flexibility but you have to go out there and do it too. When we see the right match-ups, we’re going to try and use that.”
Suryakumar Yadav, Player of the Match:
“Some of [my shots] are predetermined because this format is about how you prepare when you go in to bat, but it’s important to stay in the present when you go out there. [The pitch] was a little slow, watching from outside, but my plan was clear. My role was to take the tempo up and express myself. [Adapting to different roles] I think you’ve got to be flexible, you should be good to bat at any number. I really love and enjoy it.”
India vs Hong Kong T20I Highlights today, Wednesday 31-8-2022. Group A (N), Asia Cup 2022 from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
(last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
Hong Kong WWWLW
Head to Head In T20I’s: 1
India Won: 1
Hong Kong Won: 0
Hong Kong will bowl first.
Nizakat says: “In Oman, we were good chasers, so want to do that. The last time the India game was a good game and we want to do the same. We did some mistakes in the last game, and want to do better today. We have the same team as the game against UAE.”
Rohit says: “We would’ve bowled first as well. I believe it will be a good track and we need to bat well to get a good score. (Approach for today’s game) We don’t want to look too much into the opposition. Want to play fair and hard cricket. For us, it’s about coming out and doing everything (importantly our basics) right, which we did against Pakistan. Just one change: Hardik is rested considering how important he is to us. Rishabh Pant is in.”
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Hong Kong team: 1 Nizakat Khan (capt), 2 Babar Hayat, 3 Yasim Murtaza, 4 Kinchit Shah, 5 Scott McKechnie (wk), 6 Haroon Arshad, 7 Aizaz Khan, 8 Zeeshan Ali, 9 Ehsan Khan, 10 Ayush Shukla, 11 Mohammad Ghazanfar