Emerging Teams Asia Cup Day 1 Review

India V Sri Lanka (Group A)

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss, opted to field first

India began their journey in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 with a victory over Sri Lanka, thanks to their Captain Baba Aparajith’s stellar century in the scorching heat. He was very well supported by Hanuma Vihari (56, 6x4) as they formed a brilliant 119 run partnership much to the frustrations of Lankan bowlers. India’s lower order batters fell cheaply towards the end of the innings trying to up the run rate and were eventually reduced to 288. Amila Aponsu was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, as he returned with figures of 2/42 in 10 overs.

Chasing 289 to win, Sri Lanka lost both their openers cheaply. However Shehan Jayasuriya (64, 6x4, 2x6) and Charith Asalanka (68, 6x4) steadied the innings as they helped Sri Lanka reach 108 in 20 overs. But once they got out, Indian bowlers picked wickets in regular intervals which did not allow them to build any sort of momentum. Wannidu de Silva tried his best with a 36-ball 38 but fell prey to Aswin Crist. Sri Lanka managed to score 253 runs in the end as Aswin Crist (3/55) and Kanishk Seth (3/53) returned with 3-fers.

Brief Scores:
India - 288/9 in 50 overs (B Aparajith 100, A Aponsu 2/42) defeated
Sri Lanka - 253/10 in 48.2 overs (C Asalanka 68, K Seth 3/53) by 36 runs
Man of the Match: Baba Aparajith (India)

Afghanistan V Malaysia (Group A)

Toss: Afghanistan won the toss, opted to bat first

Ihsan Janat’s 114-ball 108 helped Afghanistan begin their journey emphatically in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 as they defeated Malaysia by 155 runs. Afghanistan’s Wicket-Keeper Munir Ahmed scored a free flowing 90 as they scored a competitive score of 284 in 50 overs. Derek Michael Duraisingam returned with impressive figures of 4/50 for Malaysia.

Chasing 285 to win against the mighty Afghan bowlers, Malaysia started poorly with the bat as they were reduced to 38-5 at one point of time. But Virandeep Singh (32, 3x4) and Mohd Sharif (36, 2x4, 2x6) showed some resistance as they formed a 58 run partnership to help Malaysia reach the triple figure mark. 4 Afghan bowlers Naveen ul Haq (2/13), Aftan Alam (2/15), Gulbadin Naib (2/26) and Sharafudin Ashraf (2/33) were rewarded with 2w hauls Malaysia bundled out for 129 in 45.5 overs

Brief Scores:
Afghanistan - 284/7 in 50 overs (I Janat 108, Duraisingam 4/50) defeated
Malaysia - 129/10 in 45.5 overs (M Sharif 36, N ul Haq 2/13) by 155 runs
Man of the Match: Ihsan Janat (Afghanistan)

Bangladesh V Hong Kong (Group B)

Toss: Hong Kong won the toss, opted to bat first

Hosts Bangladesh crushed Hong Kong by 8 wickets with almost 34 overs remaining to start their campaign in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. Bangladesh opener Saif Hassan smashed a 47-ball 57 runs which included 9 fours and a six which helped Bangladesh reach their target of 126 in just 16.1 overs. Captain Monimul Haque (21, 3x4, 1x6) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (24, 3x4) also scored some quick runs for Bangladesh.

Earlier, after opting to bat first, Hong Kong lost their captain Anshuman Rath (7 off 6) in 3rd over of the match. Babar Hayat (37, 4x4) who came in at number 3, partnered with Nizakat Khan (27, 4x4) for 49 runs, which was actually the only significant partnership in the innings for Hong Kong. Monimul Haque, who introduced himself into the attack, got 3 wickets in 4 overs while Nasir Hossain also picked up 3/18 in his 10 overs which reduced Hong Kong to a paltry score of 125.

Brief Scores:
Hong Kong - 125/10 in 35.1 overs (B Hayat 37, N Hossain 3/18) lost to
Bangladesh - 126/2 in 16.1 overs (MS Hassan 57*, E Khan 2/48)
Man of the Match: Mohammed Saif Hassan (Bangladesh)

Pakistan V Nepal (Group B)

Toss: Pakistan won the toss, opted to field first

The day witnessed another century as Pakistan opener Inam ul Haq scored an unbeaten 105 from 136 balls to help his side get over the line against Nepal by 6 wickets in Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium 2, Cox’z Bazar. Hammad Azam reminded unbeaten on 22 when Pakistan chased Nepal’s score of 180 in 45.1 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane (2/32) and Gyanendra Malla (2/44) were amongst the wickets for Nepal.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Nepal lost their skipper Gyanendra Malla for just 2 runs. However, his fellow opening partner Sunil Dhamala top scored for Nepal with cautious 125-ball 43. But lower order batters of Nepal could not handle the accuracy of Ghulam Mudassar as they succumbed to 180 at the end of 50 overs. Ghulam Mudassar returned with a 5-fer which helped Pakistan to a victorious start in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017

Brief Scores:
Nepal - 180/9 in 50 overs (S Dhamala 43, G Mudassar 5/26) lost to
Pakistan - 183/4 in 45.1 overs (I Ul Haq 104*,S Lamichhane 2/32) by 6 wickets
Man of the Match: Ghulam Mudassar (Pakistan)

Filed March 28th, 2017