SF1: PAKISTAN BEAT INDIA BY 3 RUNS TO REACH FINAL

Pakistan reached the final of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup with a thrilling three-run victory over archrivals India in the first semifinal at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.

SF1: Pakistan v India at SBNCS
SF1: Pakistan v India at SBNCS
SF1 Man of the Match: Saif Badar (Pakistan)

India needed eight runs off the last over chasing a target of 268, but Pakistan pacer Amad Butt bowled brilliantly to pick up a wicket, conceding just four runs to restrict India to 264 for eight after 50 overs.

India had made a steady start to their chase and at one point were cruising at 179 for two before top run-getter Sanvir Singh, who made 76 off 90 deliveries with five fours and a six, was run-out.

Sanvir’s dismissal changed the scenario of the run-chase dramatically as Pakistani bowlers started mounting pressure, picking up wickets at regular intervals, with middle-order batsman Armaan Jaffer the last hope for India.

Jaffer departed for 46 before Chinmay Sutar tried to resurrect the chase with an unbeaten 28, but fine some death-overs bowling denied India a win in the end. Mohammad Hasnain and Saif Badar picked up two wickets each for Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan made a solid start after electing to bat, with Omair Yousuf and Haider Ali putting on 90 runs for the opening wicket. Haider was dismissed for 44 while Omair scored 66 off 97 balls, his innings featuring three fours and two sixes.

There were valuable contributions from the middle order too, with skipper Rohail Nazir scoring 35 and Saif Badar remaining unbeaten on 47 off 48 balls as Pakistan posted a fighting total. Shivam Mavi, Saurabh Dubey and Hrithik Shokeen picked up two wickets each for India.

Pakistan will take on the winners of Thursday’s second semifinal between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the final on Saturday.

PRAN FROOTO EMERGING TEAMS ASIA CUP 2019
Wed 20-Nov


SF1: Pakistan v India at SBNCS, Mirpur
PAKISTAN WON BY THREE RUNS
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat
Pakistan: 267 for 7 off 50 overs (O.Yousuf 66, H.Khan 43, R.Nazir 35, S.Badar 47*)
India: 264 for 8 off 50 overs (B.Sharath 47, S.Singh 76, A.Jaffer 46)
Man of the Match: Saif Badar (Pakistan)

 

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Filed November 20th, 2019