Asia Cup 2018: Rohit wants India to learn from mistakes after tense win vs Hong Kong

first_imgIndia captain Rohit Sharma was a relieved man after India survived a big scare on Tuesday and registered a nervy 26-run win in their Asia Cup 2018 opener.Hong Kong nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium as they ran India close but lack of experience resulted in their downfall.Chasing 286 for victory, Hong Kong fought till the very end and put India under pressure for most part of the second innings but the experience of the defending champions helped them prevail in the end.”Eventually to win the game is important. We always knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We had an inexperienced bowling line-up, but that’s no excuse. The mistake was that we could’ve attacked a bit more. It’s a mistake, and that’s a learning curve,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath’s record opening partnership to put in a brave fight but once the well-set duo departed, they fell behind the asking rate and ended up with 259 for 8 in 50 overs.”They pulled off the victory, and I have no doubt for the future as well. Didn’t doubt ourselves at any stage, but credit to Hong Kong. Great partnership by their openers, and for our bowling curve, it was great to handle those situations. We will be put under pressure at times, and it’s important to handle it,” Rohit said.Read – Shikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj SinghadvertisementNizakat top-scored with 92 runs while Anshuman made 73 as the duo added 174 runs for the opening wicket, the highest for Hong Kong in ODI cricket, which made India sweat a lot until 34 overs before Kuldeep Yadav broke through with the captain’s wicket.Just 9 balls later Nizakat became debutant Khaleel Ahmed’s maiden wicket in international cricket as the Pakistan-born batsman fell short of his first ODI hundred by 8 runs. It was the third time Nizakat got out in the nervous 90s.Those two breakthroughs tilted the scales in India’s favour as skipper Rohit Sharma and the fans breathed a sigh of relief.Also Read – Pakistan’s Chacha Chicago sponsors Indian superfan’s UAE tripThe rest of the Hong Kong batsmen tried their best to keep up with the required rate but kept losing wickets and panicked under pressure. Khaleel struck again while Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice to take the game away from Hong Kong.”Khaleel is a very exciting player. He showed he didn’t start well, but was good enough to come back well. If you can’t do well for 2-3 overs it’s okay, but you should find a way to come back, and he really found that way, and found his rewards,” Rohit went on to add.Chahal ended up with three wickets for 46 runs from 10 overs for India while Khaleel and Kuldeep took two wickets each as the Men in Blue collected two points from this Group A encounter and advance to the Super 4 stage.India will now face table-toppers Pakistan in a blockbuster encounter just 24 hours later at the same venue.”We know we’re playing back-to-back games, but no problem. That’s why we rested some players for today,” Rohit concluded.last_img

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