Emerging Teams Asia Cup Day 2 Review

Sri Lanka V Afghanistan (Group A)

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

Sri Lanka survived a late Afghanistan scare as Najib Zadran’s scintillating 50-ball 87 threatened to take the game away from Sri Lanka but Chamika Karunarathne bowled him out to get his side over the line in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. Najib Zadran powered to his score of 87 with 5 fours and 8 huge sixes but could not finish the match as Afghanistan fell short by 35 runs at the hands of Sri Lanka. Amila Aponsu was the pick of the bowler for Sri Lanka, as he returned with match figures of 3/40 in his 10 overs.

Earlier, opting to bat first in a belter of a track, Sri Lanka managed to amass 320 runs thanks to yet another top knock from Charith Asalanka (105 off 96). He partnered with his captain Angelo Perera (84 off 86) for a mammoth 183 run partnership. With the help of some lusty blows from Kithruwan Vithanage (21 off 14) Sri Lanka reached 320 in 50 overs. Naveen ul Haq was again amongst the wickets for Afghanistan as he picked up 2/66.

Brief Scores:
Sri Lanka: 320/6 in 50 overs (C Asalanka 105, N ul Haq 2/66) defeated
Afghanistan: 285/10 in 50 overs (N Zadran 87, A Aponsu 3/40) by 35 runs
Man of the Match: Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka)

India V Malaysia (Group A)

Toss: India won the toss, opted to field first

Half centuries from Shubham Gill and A R Easwaran helped defending champions India register a convincing 7 wickets win over Malaysia in their second game held here at MA Aziz Stadium. Chasing 164, Indian openers gave a bright start scoring 69 runs for the 1st wicket. Prithvi Shaw scored an aggressive 34 runs off 31 balls before falling to Abdul Rahim. Easwaran(42) and Shubham Gill(51*) ensured that there is no further damage with both of them having half centuries to their name. India achieved their target with ease with almost 20 overs to spare. Abdul Rahim picked up 2 wickets for 42 runs in his full quota of overs.

Earlier, impressive bowling from India restricted Malaysia to 163 runs in their allotted 50 overs. Malaysia lost 3 wickets under 50 runs inside 15 overs after which Syed Aziz steadied their innings. With wickets tumbling at the other end, he was the lone warrior for the team scoring 53 runs off 80 balls with 3 fours and a six before being dismissed by Nagarkoti. Rashid Ahad(25*) and Pavandeep Singh(16*) added valuable 37* runs for the 10th wicket to help them reach 163.

Brief Scores:
Malaysia: 163/9 in 50 overs(Syed Aziz 53,Amir Gani 3/27) lost to
India: 167/3 in 30.1 overs (Shubham Gill 51*, Abdul Rahim 2/42) by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Amir Gani (India)

Pakistan v Hong Kong (Group B)

Toss: Pakistan won the toss, opted to bat first

Pakistan registered their second win of the tournament after thrashing Hong Kong by 248 runs. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan were off to a dream start with both the openers taking the attack onto the opposition. Both the openers, Imam Ul Haq(120, 11x4, 1x6) and Imran Butt(108, 10x4) scored centuries as they put on 220 runs for the opening wicket. It was Imam Ul Haq second century of the tournament after his unbeaten 104 in the opening match against Nepal. Ehsan Khan finally got the breakthrough for Hong Kong dismissing Imran Butt for 108. But there was no relief for Hong Kong bowlers as Hammad Azam(44,5x4,3x6) onslaught helped Pakistan score 127 runs in the final 10 overs to help them end at 327/4 in 50 overs. Ehsan Nawaz picked up 2 wickets while Tanveer Ahmed and Ehsan Khan finished with wicket a piece.

Hong Kong were off to a worst start losing Chris Carter in the second over. Anshuman Rath and Babar Hayat put on 45 runs for the second wicket before the former was dismissed for 27. The slide for Hong Kong started after Osama Mir was introduced into the attack. Their innings never took off as they kept on losing the wickets and were eventually bowled out for 79 inside 32 overs. Only four of their batsmen scored double figures. Leggie,Osama Mir ended up with his career best figures of 7/14.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan: 327/4 in 50 overs (Imam Ul Haq 120, Imran Butt 108, Ehsan Nawaz 2/68) defeated
Hong Kong: 79/10 in 31.2 overs (Anshuman Rath 27, Osama Mir 7/14) by 248 runs
Man of the Match: Osama Mir (Pakistan)

Pakistan's Osama Mir

Bangladesh V Nepal (Group B)

Toss: Nepal won the toss, opted to bowl first

Hosts Bangladesh continued their winning form in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 as they scripted an 83 run win over Nepal in Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium 2, Cox’s Bazar. After being put into bat by Nepal, Bangladesh lost 4 wickets for just 33 runs on board and looked very down. However their skipper Monimum Haque steadied the innings with a well made 78-ball 61 which included 7 boundaries. Nasir Hossain, who came in at number 6 scored a memorable century (109 off 115) to help his side post a very competitive score of 257.

Chasing 258 to win, Nepal lost both their openers Gyanendra Malla (0) and Sunil Dhamala (1) cheaply to Shaif Uddin. A 98 run partnership from Dipendra Singh Airee (56) and Dilip Nath (41) gave some hope for Nepal team, but Rahatul Ferdous Javed’s slow left arm orthodox was too hot to handle for Nepal, as they lost 4 wickets for 22 runs in the middle (from 114-3 to 136-7). Rahatul Ferdous Javed finished with match figures of 4/45 as Nepal bundled out for 174 in 42.3 overs.

Brief Scores:
Bangladesh: 257/9 in 50 overs (N Hossain 109*, A Karn 3/46) defeated
Nepal: 174/10 in 42.3 overs (D S Airee 56, R F Javed 4/45) by 83 runs
Man of the Match: Nasir Hossain (Bangladesh)

Filed March 28th, 2017