Pakistan and Afghanistan sealed their semifinal berths in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup following wins over Group A opponents Oman and Sri Lanka respectively in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.

Pakistan rode on a magnificent hundred from opener Haider Ali to post a huge total of 319 for six after being sent in to bat, and then bowled Oman out for 172 to register a 147-run victory.

Haider was dismissed after a mammoth 132-ball 118, his innings featuring 10 fours and two sixes while skipper Rohail Nazir scored 64 off 72 balls. A late cameo of 54 off 24 balls from Khushdil Shah, courtesy of five sixes and three fours, helped Pakistan post the challenging total.

Man of the Match: Haider Ali Khan (Pakistan)
Man of the Match: Shahidullah Kamal (Afghanistan)

Fayyaz Butt and Mohammad Nadim picked up two wickets each for Oman.

Oman’s chase started in dreadful fashion as they lost four wickets for just 15 runs within six overs. The Associate Member nation could not recover from the early blows and were eventually bundled out for 172.

Mohammad Nadeem top-scored with 46 while Naseem Khushi added 45, but those were the only bright spots in Oman’s innings.

Khushdil picked three wickets while Sameen Gul, Mohammad Mohsin and Mohammad Hasnain bagged two wickets each for Pakistan.

In the other game of the group, Afghanistan registered a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka, thanks to an unbeaten century from opener Shahidullah.

Afghanistan made light work of a chase of 239 runs, with openers Shahidullah and Abdul Malik laying the foundation with a 99-run opening stand.

Shahidullah remained unbeaten on 102 off 137 balls, his innings laced with seven fours and three sixes while his partner Malik was dismissed for 47. Darwish Rasooli later added 61 runs as Afghanistan reached the target with 31 balls to spare.

Earlier, despite a century from skipper Charith Asalanka, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 238 in 49.5 overs. After losing early wickets, Asalanka, along with Kamindu Mendis, added 115 runs for the fourth wicket showing signs of a fightback. But Mendis’s departure for 63 changed the scenario drastically as the defending champions Sri Lanka went on to lose their last five wickets for just 36 runs. Asalanka was eventually dismissed for 100 off 106, but it proved to be too little in the end to thwart Sri Lanka’s third defeat in three matches. Abdul Wasi and Azmatullah Omarzai bagged three wickets each for Afghanistan.

The two semi-finals and the final of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

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Sri Lanka v Afghanistan at Cox's Bazar Academy
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field
Sri Lanka: 238 all out off 49.5 overs (M.Bhanuka 42, C.Asalanka 106, K.Mendis 63; A.Omarzai 3-36, A.Noori 3-50)
Afghanistan: 242 for 3 off 44.5 overs (M.Khail 47, S.Kamal 102*, D.Rasool 61)
Man of the Match: Shahidullah Kamal (Afghanistan)

Pakistan v Oman at Cox's Bazar Main
Oman won the toss and elected to field
Pakistan: 319 for 6 off 50 overs (O.Yousuf 33, H.Khan 118, R.Nazir 64, K.Shah 54*)
Oman: 172 all out off 47.3 overs (M.Nadeem 46, S.Shreemantula 41, M.Naseem 45; K.Shah 3-27)
Man of the Match: Haider Ali Khan (Pakistan)


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Filed November 18th, 2019