Last Update on: July 23rd, 2023 at 09:55 pm
The experienced Pakistan A led by Mohammad Haris defeated the talented India A led by Yash Dhull by 128 runs in the final of the ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 to clinch the title on Sunday, July 23, at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Losing the toss and batting first Pakistan A openers Saim Ayub and Sahibzada Farhan provided their side with a flying start. The duo played an attacking brand of cricket and smashed the bowlers all around the park. In just 15 overs the Boys In Green reached 103 runs without losing any wickets.
The left-arm spinner Manav Suthar broke the 121-run opening partnership of Pakistan A by dismissing the star batter Saim Ayub for 59. The wicket picked by the in-form spinner paved the way for India’s comeback in the game as they picked the next four wickets quickly and reduced Pakistan A to 187/5.
Sahibzada Farhan got run-out for 65, Riyan Parag dismissed Omair Yousuf (35) and Qasim Akram (0) on back-to-back deliveries, and Nishant Sindhu dismissed Mohammad Haris for 2.
After the loss of 5th wicket, Tayyab Tahir staged the comeback for his side and he punished the bowlers with his brilliant hitting. The batter played aggressive cricket and took just 66 balls to complete a remarkable century.
He scored 108 runs off 71 balls, with 12 fours and 4 sixes, before Rajvardhan Hangargekar dismissed him in the 55th over when the score was 313. The lower order of the side also chipped in with crucial runs as Pakistan A posted 352/8 on the board.
Chasing the big target, Sai Sudharsan and Abhishek Sharma once again led India A to a good start by playing attacking cricket. However, Sudharsan was unable to play a big knock as he was dismissed for 29 after the umpire gave a close no-ball call in Pakistan A’s favor. Nikin Jose was also out for a low score of 11 as the umpire made a wrong decision.
There was a big responsibility on the shoulders of skipper Yash Dhull and Abhishek Sharma to provide stability to India A innings after the loss of two wickets. Abhishek was going well and was being supported well by his skipper. However, Sufiyan Muqeem sent Abhishek packing for 61 in the 20th over.
After the third wicket, came an awful time for India A as they lost wickets in quick succession with the star-studded batting line-up failing miserably. India went from 132/2 to 212/9 very quickly and Mohammad Wasim Jr picked the final wicket by dismissing Yuvrajsinh Dodiya to bundle out India A for 224 in the 40th over.
The Boys In Green took revenge for their earlier hammering against the Boys In Blue in the group stage and clinched the Emerging Asia Cup title for the second consecutive time.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Pakistan A Defeating India A In The Final:
The way our Shaheens played through the tournament and especially in final is remarkable. This is the spark that is always needed to represent our cricket all over the globe.
Keep winning and keep excelling like this, champions! 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/Y0b7NApPTs
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) July 23, 2023
Congratulations to Pakistan on winning the Emerging Asia Cup and beating the highly talented India team in the final. Some really good talent on display and we can say the future is bright for both India and Pakistan. #PakvInd #AsiaCup
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 23, 2023
Pakistan A defeat India A in the finals of the #EmergingAsiaCup2023 by 123 runs.
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) July 23, 2023
Hard luck, Team India.
Unbeaten till finals, without any International experience they have played some terrific cricket, the future is bright and some superstars for the future will be rising from this team. pic.twitter.com/gIOskjqxXW
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 23, 2023
Congratulations boys well done 🙌❤️ https://t.co/rr98z0Vi2G
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) July 23, 2023
Congratulations boys! A great display of teamwork throughout the tournament. A special shoutout to the coaching staff of this brilliant team Masroor bhai, Umer Rasheed and Hanif Malik bhai 👏🏼👏🏼#IamGAME #EmergingAsiaCup #Cricket #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/jewEpACOe8
— Shan Masood (@shani_official) July 23, 2023
Team India played really well in this Emerging Asia Cup. They are unbeatan till finals, no international match experience, all players almost 19 to 23 years old, but still played Incredibly in this tournament and They are future of India.
Tough luck but Well played, Team India! pic.twitter.com/af1EWSjq6f
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) July 23, 2023
— Rashid Latif | 🇵🇰 (@iRashidLatif68) July 23, 2023
Well fought, team India!
India had no International experience in the team – the only team without any International experience. Meanwhile the Pakistani team had 81 international matches under them. Unbeaten till the Final, played well. pic.twitter.com/u5Kju0ODgA
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 23, 2023
BCCI preferred to give exposure to India-A with a squad based on zero international caps. Pakistan SriLanka Bangladesh were much experienced side than India-A. This exposure of playing quality cricket in Emerging AsiaCup will benefit the newbies of India-A within next few years!!
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) July 23, 2023
Congratulations PAK. Well played and deserved winners. IND A can be proud on reaching the finals with only 2 players over 20 list A appearances and no international representation on any format. https://t.co/gLsLH9kDun
— Prasanna (@prasannalara) July 23, 2023
Pakistan Shaheens have defeated India A by 130 runs to successfully defend the Asia Cup title. Massive win! Congratulations Pakistan 🇵🇰🔥
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) July 23, 2023
— Zeshan Haider (@SyedZeshan56) July 23, 2023
A very impressive win from the Pakistan Emerging boys. The bowlers were brilliant to get India all out for 224 and Tayab Tahir’s tone was splendid and that opening partnership between @RealSahibzada & @SaimAyub7 was remarkable. Congratulations Pakistan. 👏#PAKvIND
— Saeed Anwar (@ImSaeedAnwar) July 23, 2023