Hong Kong lagged far behind in its run-chase once Ravindra Jadeja first had skipper Nizakat Khan (10) run out off a brilliant direct throw from point and then had dangerman Hayat caught at point in the 12th over.
Zeeshan Ali (26 not out) and wicketkeeper batter Scott McKechnie (16 not out) narrowed the margin by hitting Indian fast bowlers Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh for 33 runs in the last two overs as India sealed the top spot in Group A.
“We were amazing till the 13th over, but we slipped after that,” Hong Kong skipper Khan said. “The way Suryakumar batted, it was good to watch. We’re going to sit down tomorrow, we will look at our death bowling and we will improve in the next game.”
Hong Kong will take on Pakistan in the last group game with the winner meeting India again in the second Super 4 game on Sunday. Afghanistan has already qualified for Super 4 from Group B after winning both its group games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.