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Raina, Dhoni make merry as India rout Hong K

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 20:40 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored brisk hundreds and leggie Piyush Chawla plucked four wickets as India recorded a thumping 256-run win over the ACC qualifiers Hong Kong in the Asia Cup Group-B tie at the National Stadium here on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Raina compiled a 68-ball 101 for his maiden century while Dhoni notched an unbeaten 96-ball 109 as both shared a rapid-fire 166-run fourth wicket stand as India piled up a mammoth 374/4. Opener Sehwag made a hurricane 44-ball 78 and his partner Gambhir crafted a 54-ball 51.

The young leggie from UP made HK batsmen dance to his wiles and giles. He took career-best figures of four for 23 to dismiss HK - the bachchas of cricket - for just 118 in 36.5 overs while Sehwag completed the formality claiming last two wickets in successive balls. RP and Yusuf took a wicket apiece.

Scorecard

Irfan Ahmed top-scored for HK with 25 inclusive of fve fours. Atkinson and Tabarak Dar made 23 and 21 respectively.

It was however Raina who stole the show with a second quickest ODI hundred for India. The stylish southpaw from Kanpur went on the rampage in the slog overs, reaching his second fifty off just 16 deliveries, smashing five sixes and three boundaries in the process.

He hit three of those sixes off paceman Skhawat Ali before hitting another off Irfan Ali to reach his first one-day international hundred off just 66 balls.

In all he hit seven boundaries and five towering sixes before he miscued a lofted shot off Afzaal Haider in the 46th over. He and Dhoni put the innocuous Hong Kong bolwers to submission, taking just 123 balls for their partnership.

So ruthless was Raina that his otherwise aggressive partner was left to watch from the other end.

But once Raina left, Dhoni took little time to take over. He completed his fourth one-day hundred off 90 balls. Dhoni hit six boundaries and six sixes during his innings.

Raina and Dhoni built on the platform provided by a fiery opening stand of 127 by Virendar Sehwag (78) and Gautum Gambhir (51) who also feasted on an inexperienced Hong Kong bowling.

Sehwag smashed 13 boundaries and two sixes during his 44-ball knock, while Gambhir hit seven boundaries during his 54-ball knock.

Hong Kong dismissed Sehwag, Gambhir and Rohit Sharma (11) within the space of 32 runs but their joy was shortlived as they ran into Raina and Dhoni. Medium pacer Najeeb Amar was the best among the Hong Kong bowlers with 2/40.

India take on Pakistan in their final group tie at the same venue 'morrow.

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