India's U-23 captain Surya Yadav and Unmukt Chand chair their coach Mukund Parmar at the Singapore Kallang, Manpreet Juneja who struck the winning six is to their left

India U-23 won the inaugural ACC Emerging Teams Cup, beating Pakistan U-23 by nine wickets in the Final. India 's and Pakistan's best young cricketers played out the Final in front of 5000 passionate supporters at the Singapore Kallang and after winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan were looking well set for a total over 200 at 88 for 2 in the 28th over.

The loss of Usman Salahuddin set off a collapse where 7 wickets fell for 19 runs in the next 11 overs, batsmen finding all kinds of ways to get out on what was a placid wicket. A last-wicket stand of 52 between Usman Qadir and Ehsan Adil took Pakistan U-23 up to 159. But it was never going to be enough.

India U-23 lost Unmukt Chand early, flashing at the left-arm spinner Raza Hasan but Lokesh Rahul, fighting cramp, carried his bat for 93* and the game was ended with a 6 over midwicket by Manpreet Juneja (51*) to take his team past Pakistan's 159 in the 34th over. India's captain Surya Kumar Yadav paid tribute to his team, "we all stuck together, losing (to Afghanistan) was an eye-opener, and that was the best thing for us, it's what we expect from an Indian team and sticking together was the main reason for our victory. A number of the team are already striking on selector's doors for the national side."

Shaiman Anwar of UAE was awarded Player of the Tournament for his two 100s (against Bangladesh U-23s and Singapore) and 50 (against Sri Lanka U-23s).

Final: India U-23 v Pakistan U-23 at Kallang
Pakistan U-23 won the toss and chose to bat
Pakistan U-23: 159 all out off 47 overs (U.Waheed 41, U.Qadir 33; B.Aparajith 3-28)
India U-23: 160 for 1 off 33.4 overs (L.Rahul 93*, M.Juneja 51*)
Player of the Match: Lokesh Rahul (India)

ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2013

Filed August 25th, 2013