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EMERGING TEAMS ASIA CUP SEMIFINAL PREVIEW



SF1: PAKISTAN v AFGHANISTAN

After a thrilling tie against Bangladesh in the league stage, Pakistan will be battling against the Afghans for the final match spot. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan showed some memorable performances in the last 5 days, especially the latter team surprising the dominant Indian squad by winning via net run rate to reach the 2nd spot in their group stage.

Pakistan has been undefeated in this tournament so far, sweeping their first two wins at ease. Ghulam Mudassar scalping 5/26 and Imam Ul Haq scoring his first century of the tournament won the first match against Nepal with almost 5 overs to spare. Their second encounter against Hong Kong looked almost like a one side game where the entire match was dominated by the green army opening batsmen Inam ul Haq and Osama Mir picking 7/14, the best bowling performance so far in this tournament. Their last league match against Bangladesh seemed to be tough fight and managed to keep their run rate high, booking their semi finals spot.

On the other hand, after opening the tournament with a win against the Malaysians, the Afghanistan team suffered a huge blow, losing their 2nd league match against the island nation Sri Lanka by 34 runs. Marching to the final league match for a desperate win against the dominant Indians, Afghanistan team fought back hard to chase India’s 242 runs and won the match with 2 wickets in hand. Naveen Ul Haq took 4 wickets and topped his teams bowling department. Their middle order batsmen Younas Ahmadzai and Sami Shinwari’s crucial 50’s helped their team to reach to the semi final spot.

Players to look out for:

Imam Ul Haq (Pakistan)
Being the only batsman with 2 centuries scored in this tournament so far, all the eyes will be on this dashing opener. His contribution with the bat will be much anticipated in the tomorrow’s game.

Naveen Ul Haq (Afghanistan)
This right arm Kabul express will be looking forward to impress the Asian cricket fraternity with his performance in the tomorrow’s battle against Pakistan. The 3rd highest wicket taker of this tournament will be the bowler to look out for.

Squads

Pakistan:
Mohammad Rizwan (Captain, Wicket Keeper), Haris Sohail (Vice Captain), Imam ul Haq, Jaahid Ali, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Bilal Asif, Osama Mir, Zafar Gohar, Sameen Gul, Ahmed Bashir, Ghulam Mudassar, Ammad Butt, Hammad Azam.

Pakistan

Afghanistan:
Usman Ghani, Younas Ahmadzai, Munir Ahmed, Sharafudin Ashraf, Fazal Niazai, Ihsan Janat, Sami Shinwari, Najib Zadran, Naveen Ul Haq, Farid Ahmed, Shahid Kamal, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Gulbadin Naib, Aftan Alam, Zia Akbar.

Afghanistan

SF2: BANGLADESH v SRI LANKA

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will be witnessing an exuberant cricket match where the hosts Bangladesh take on roaring Sri Lanka to secure a spot in the final of the second edition of Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. Bangladesh proceeded to the knock out stage with a Nerve wrecking encounter with Pakistan which resulted in a Tie whereas Sri Lanka proceeded with a high scoring run fest with Malaysia.

Sri Lanka started off their campaign in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 with a defeat to India. Right back from a defeat in their first encounter with India, the Sri Lankan side geared up with all the grit needed to keep the team morale high. The Sri Lankan batsmen are consistent with their run scoring ability with the top order bat Charith Asalanka leading the table by scoring 251 runs averaging a whooping 83.67. Amila Aponso bagged 10 wickets to his name with some good spin bowling .Going into the knock out stage, Sri Lanka will bank on their batting department to fire against the Host nation.

The consistent Bangladeshis are having a memorable outing in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. The seasoned player with good international experience under his belt, captain Mominul Haque has led the side from the front scoring 157 runs from 3 matches with an impressive average of 52.33 . The host will be putting their hopes on the senior players Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain to come good against the mighty Lankans.

Players to look out for:

Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka)
Being the leading run scorer with 251 runs to his name, he is the player on whom the expectations will be high to put some big runs on the scoreboard for his bowlers to defend.

Mominul Haque (Bangladesh)
With impressive batting performance so far for his side in the tournament he will be hoping to make some good runs and guide the talented young side to victory.

Squads

Sri Lanka:
Asitha Fernando, Amila Aponsu, Ron Chandraguptha, Avishka Fernando, Anuk Fernando, Chamika Karunarathne, Duvindu Thilakaratne, Wannidu De Silva, Lahiru Samarakoon, Charith Asalanka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Leo Francisco, Angelo Perera.

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh:
Mominul Haque (Captain), Nasir Hossain (Vice Captain), Mohammed Saif Hassan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Md Mithun, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nayeem Hasan, Shaif Uddin, Abul Hasan Raju, Abu Hider Rony, Azmir Ahmed, Rahatul Ferdous Javed, Afif Hossain, Salman Hossain, Nasum Ahmed.

Bangladesh

Filed March 31st, 2017





 
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