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Bangladesh storm into final against Pakistan in Emerging Asia Cup

Sports Reporter, Dhaka

An all-round performance by Soumya Sarker helped Bangladesh Emerging Team romp into the final crushing their Afghan counterparts by seven wickets in second semi-final of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. With the emphatic victory, Bangladesh maintain winning streak in the tournament and will face off Pakistan in the all-important final, slated to be played on November 23 at the same venue.

Chasing a below par total of 229, opener Naim Sheikh and Soumya Sarker got off to a good start with the bat before the former mislaid the track to dismiss on 17. The early loss of Naim didn’t change Soumya’s attacking mindset as he continued onslaught on bowlers. Before the Afghans could pose any threat, Soumya and Nazmul Hossain Shanto avoided any hiccups during the chase and set-up the tone for other batters delivering a match winning partnership of 107-run for the second wicket. The opposition however had the last laugh after Soumya completely misjudged a delivery of Abdul Wasi before being knocked up on 61 off 59 balls, an innings contained 3 fours and 3 sixes, the damage had already been done.

Emerging skipper Nazmul too fell shortly after Soumya but pulled up another half-century, scoring 59 off 68 balls. From 154 for 3, Bangladesh never looked back in the chase as Yasir Ali and Afif Hossain extended their arms to reach the target quite convincingly in 39.5 overs. Afif scored 45 off 36 balls with three fours and two sixes while Yasir Ali scored 38.

Soumya named Man of the Match for his 61 runs and 3 wickets. Earlier, opted to field in the morning, Bangladesh pacer Hasan Mahmud took full advantage of the surface picking three early wickets inside mandatory powerplay to put pressure on the opposition. Soumya, later on, removed wicket-keeper batsman Munir Ahmad to reduce the Afghans 36 for 4 after 12 overs of the match.

From that disappointing start, Samiullah Shinwari and Darwish Rasooli tried to resettle the innings as the two most senior campaigners added 37-run for the fifth wicket. The duo, however, couldn’t carry the innings forward after left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam introduced into the attack and provided another breakthrough removing the Afghan skipper, Shinwari, on 11.

With half of the batsmen back in the hut and no partnership could flourish till then, Rasooli took the responsibility on his shoulder to rescue the Afghanistan innings with two much required partnerships of 77-run and 86-run for the sixth and seven wickets respectively.

During that time Rasooli reached three-figure digit, before being dismissed on 114 runs off Soumya Sarker in the 50th over. His excellent innings comprised of 7 fours and 7 sixes.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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