Dhoni, Raina power India to 374/4

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: Indian batsmen Suresh Raina (101) and MS Dhoni (109) cracked flamboyant centuries to power India to an imposing total of 374 in their Asia Cup tie agaist minnows Hong Kong at National Stadium in Karachi today.

Hong Kong bowlers were left on a leather hunt with Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (51) and Virender Sehwag (78 off 44) slamming impressive half centuries to collect 127 runs for the first wicket. Though No.3 batsman Rohit Sharma failed to make an impression, Dhoni and Raina kept the momentum going and help India post an unattainable target for Hong Kong.

For Hong Kong, Nadeem Ahmed bowled impressively, bagging 2 wickets for just 40 runs in ten overs.

Earlier, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat

India, three-times champions, rested unfit allrounder Irfan Pathan and brought in Manpreet Gony for his one-day debut. Also rested are frontline paceman Ishant Sharma and batsman Yuvraj Singh.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and Robin Uthaapa were also included.

Hong Kong, who lost to Pakistan by 155 runs in the opening match on Tuesday, replaced unfit Zain Abbas with Roy Lamsam.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony, Rudra Pratap Singh and Praveen Kumar

Hong Kong: Tabarak Dar (captain), Courtney Kruger, Skhawat Ali, Irfan Ahmed, Butt Hussain, Nadeem Ahmed, Munir Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Afzaal Haider, Jamie Atkinson and Roy Lamsam

Match Officials: Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ), Brian Jerling (RSA)Tv umpire: Gamini Silva (SL)Match referee: Alan Hurst (Aus).


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