POST TIME: 21 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Pakistan reach Emerging Cup final
Bangladesh play Afghanistan in second semis today

Pakistan reach Emerging Cup final

Pakistan romped into the final when they edged past its arch-rivals India by a wafer thin of three runs in the thrilling first semi-final of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup Cricket Tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

They will now lock horns with the winners of the second semi-final between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the final which will be held at the same ground on Saturday (November 23).

Pakistan compiled a fighting 267 for seven in 50 overs, after which India managed to score 264 for eight.

Opting to bat, Pakistan made a good start as they put on 90 runs through their opening stand of Omair Bin Yousuf and Haider Ali, who holed out for 43.

Yousuf then tried to build another partnership to enlarge the total and hit 48 runs with Rohail Nazir for the second wicket stand before his exit. He plundered 97-ball 66 with two sixes and three boundaries.

Shivam Mavi, Saurabh Dubey and Hrithik Shokeen grabbed a brace each for Indian side.

Chasing the target, India lost their opener Aryan Juyal inside seven overs. Sanvir Singh pulled together a couple of useful partnerships that lit up the hopes. En route to his 76, Sanvir hit 53 with Belur Ravi for the second-wicket and another 83 with Yash Vijay for the third-wicket stand. He clobbered five fours and a maximum in his 90-ball innings.

Together with Mohammad Hasnain, Saif Badar pushed India a bit back foot with their double strikes when India were stuttering at 211 for five. Arman Jaffer fell four runs shy of his half-century after Yash Vijay got out for 13.

Finally they were able to muster 264 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs. Chinmoy remained at stumps on 28 not out with Siddharth Desai making two.

Saif Badar was named player of the match for his all-rounder display. Bangladesh will take on their Afghan counterparts in the second semi-final of the meet at the SBNCS today.