Twitter Reactions: India avoid Hong Kong upset after Shikhar Dhawan’s ton

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Twitter Reactions: India avoid Hong Kong upset after Shikhar Dhawan’s ton

India survived a scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s ton as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows in the Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday.

Chasing 286, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money with an opening stand of 174 runs before collapsing to 259-8 in 50 overs.

India were lifted to 285-7 with the help of punishing 127 by Dhawan – his 14th ODI hundred – and an attractive 60 by the recalled Ambati Rayudu.

The Group A match was expected to be a one-sided affair, but Nizakat Khan scored a brilliant 115-ball 92 with 12 fours and a six, with skipper Anshuman Rath adding 73 to make India sweat for victory. Their stand is the best for any wicket by Hong Kong in an ODI, bettering the 170-run stand for the fourth wicket by the same pair against Scotland at Mongkok in 2016.

But both fell in successive overs to give India a sigh of relief ahead of their high-profile match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-46) and debutant paceman Khalil Ahmed (3-48) were the pick of Indian bowlers.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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