Dubai (UAE): A 174-run partnership between Hong Kong openers Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan gave some mighty scares to the Indian camp and fans, but the Men in Blue fought back to clinch a 26-run win in their Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium here on Tuesday.
With the win, India registered their first win of the prestigious tournament.
Earlier, Hong Kong won the toss and asked India to bat first. The Indian openers, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma (23) and Shikhar Dhawan (127), gave a good start to the Men in Blue. Dhawan played the role of an aggressor, whacking boundaries off Hong Kong bowlers erring lengths.
Chasing a target of 286 runs to win, Hong Kong made a cautious start to their innings, coupled with India's misfielding chaos.
Slowly and steadily, Rath (73) and Nizakat (92) made runs and piled pressure on the Indian bowlers, that had an inexperienced line-up, barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinning duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who were struggling to pick up wickets.
The win would give India a big relief after the mighty scare posed by the Hong Kong openers. However, there would be some concerns in the camp about their bowlers and the fielders, particularly, who let down with their performance today.
India will now lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue on Wednesday, the most-awaited encounter which is expected to be a cracker of a match in this year's Asia Cup.