OLD habits are hard to break. Hong Kong, who have always defeated a more fancied team in the preliminary round of the Cathay Pacific/Wharf Holdings International Sixes, did it again yesterday. This time the victim was India, with Steve Foster, Eddie Tse and Rodney Bannister sharing the limelight in a stunning victory. But sadly, victory did not mean that the territory finished in the Cup competition. Instead they were relegated into the losers' company after all three sides in the group - the other team being Sri Lanka - finished with one win and one loss apiece. India and Sri Lanka advanced while Hong Kong bowed out due to having the lowest run average after calculating the runs-to-wicket ratio. It was a cruel stroke of misfortune for the territory, who were totally outplayed in the first match against Sri Lanka losing by five wickets. But they bounced back against an Indian side bristling with Test players like Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar. Hong Kong having put India in to bat, were able to restrict them to a relatively modest score of 71. Bannister, whose only involvement with the ball in the local Sunday League is when he is hitting them, took three wickets with his gentle off-spinners. But all eyes were on Eddie Tse, the territory's first Chinese cricketer to play at this tournament. Tse, sidelined for the game against Sri Lanka, had a nightmarish start when he dropped Tendulkar off Rahul Sharma's bowling on the extra cover boundary. The memories of catching Tendulkar for a golden duck were soon overshadowed by a fine over where he conceded 10 runs and got the prize wicket of the Indian captain Azharuddin, caught behind by Patrick Fordham. 'I don't know how he missed that one,' said Tse modestly who enticed the stylish Azharuddin to swipe in frustration at a well-pitched delivery. Shortening his normal run-up, Tse bowled on a line just outside the off stump and proved he is capable of playing with the best. 'I don't care how many catches he drops as long as he can bowl that way,' said an elated Peter Slack, chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association and one of the main players in the push for the development of the game amongst the local community. 'That over of his brought us back into game,' said Fordham afterwards. India were 36 for no loss at that stage. Bannister capitalised on Tse's breakthrough with his collection of three wickets to leave India on 54 for four. Steve Foster was hit for 17 runs in the final over as India finished on what they thought must have been a secure score. They were proved wrong by a man who three weeks ago was lying in a hospital bed down with a bad bout of pneumonia. Yesterday, thanks to the faith his captain Fordham had in him, Foster was around to take part in his fourth Hong Kong Sixes. And he repaid that faith with a magnificent batting performance, hitting 24 runs off the last over to push Hong Kong to an improbable win. Hong Kong were 46 for three with only Vinod Kambli left to bowl the last over for India. The vociferous Indian fans's cheering on the boundary were stilled by the sight of Foster hitting Kambli for 4, 6, 6, 4, 4. To make matters worse, Kambli bowled a bouncer at Foster, which was declared a no ball. 'I'm normally nervous when playing here because there are a lot of people you know out there. But I was completely relaxed today. I was more confident when we needed 20 from five balls than four from the last ball,' said Foster, who has played for Hong Kong at all four Hong Kong Sixes. 'Steve is the cleanest hitter of the ball I know in Hong Kong. If you need 26 runs off the last over, he would be the man you would need batting,' said Fordham in tribute. 'But it was a great team effort.' Those efforts, however, failed to lift Hong Kong into the Cup competition. Those frustrations were vented out on poor Holland in the first of the Bowl round robin games late yesterday. Hong Kong piled on 103 for three - the highest score of the day - and then restricted Holland to 93. They need to beat New Zealand today to finish seventh in the tournament.