Riding on a magnificent batting by Juneja (51) and Rahul (93), India pummeled Pakistan by nine wickets to win the ACC Emerging Teams Cup.
India innings: India hammer Pakistan by nine wickets
Riding on a magnificent batting by Manprit Juneja (51) and Lokesh Rahul (93), India pummeled Pakistan by nine wickets to win the ACC Emerging Teams Cup at at Kallang Ground in Singapore. Chasing 160-run target, India achieved it with 98 ball spare.
End of over 30, India Under 23s - 138 for 1: Lokesh Rahul and Manprit Juneja have almost ensured the victory for India against Pakistan. The duo produced a magnificent show at Kallang Ground. They have added an unbroken 112-run stand for the second wicket after India suffered an early blow at 28-run score.
End of over 25, India Under 23s - 114 for 1: Lokesh Rahul and Manprit Juneja have put India on course for the victory with just 46 needed off 25 overs. On the other hand, Pakistan bowlers were seen strugging before the India duo who took the charge after Unmukt's departure. Rahul and Juneja have added 95 runs together so far for the second wicket.
End of over 20, India Under 23s - 96 for 1: Lokesh Rahul slammed a magnificent half-century to take India to a comfortable position. Rahul smashed eight boundaries in his 57-ball fifty. Rahul along with Juneja hae added 68-run for the second wicket so far. India still need 64 runs off 30 overs.
End of over 15, India Under 23s - 74 for 1: Lokesh Rahul showed a great batting display after India lost Unmult Chand after a brisk start. The duo have scored 48 runs together for the second wicket so far with India still need 86 runs to win the trophy off 35 overs.
End of over 10, India Under 23s - 49 for 1: Lokesh Rahul took the charge with Manprit Juneja on the other end after India lost Unmult Chand early. Rahul smashed Babar Azam for a superb boundary in his first over.
End of over 7, India Under 23s - 38 for 1: Raza Hasan got the first breakthrough for Pakistan as he dismissed Unmukt Chand for 15 runs. Unmukt smashed three boundaries in his knock and stitched 28 runs for the opening wicket. India took lunch at 38 for 1 and still need 122 runs to win from 43 overs. Do join us after this Lunch break.
End of over 5, India 25 for 0: Indian openers Unmukt Chand and Lokesh Rahul provided India with a solid start. India's U-19 former captain Unmukt smashed two boundaries in Bilawal Bhatti's first over.
Pakistan innings: 159 all out in 47 overs.
End of over 47, Pakistan Under 23s - 159 all out: Riding on a superb show by bowlers, India skittle Pakistan for 159 runs in 47 overs. Baba Aparajith took three wickets while Sandeep Sharma and Sandeep Warrior claimed two wickets each. Pakistan's tailenders Ehsan Adil and Usman Qadir compiled a fine 10th-wicket partnership after being reduced to 110 for 9. With their superb batting show, they have taken the team's score to post 150 runs. Adil and Qadir stitched 52-run for the last wicket.
End of over 45, Pakistan Under 23s - 140 for 9: Ehsan Adil and Usman Qadir showed some fightback after their team stuttered against Indian bowling attack. Adil and Qadir smashed boundaries off Akshar Patel's over before punishing Baba Aparajith with two huge sixes in the 43rd over. Both tailenders had stitched 34 runs for the last wicket.
End of over 40, Pakistan Under 23s - 109 for 9: Indian bowlers tormented Pakistan innings. Pakistan, who were already in a spot of bother after their top order collapse, lost three more wickets in quick succession. Mohammad Nawaz (3), Raza Hasan (2) and Bilawal Bhatti (1) couldn't resist Indian vowling attack and lost their wickets cheaply.
End of over 35, Pakistan Under 23s - 102 for 6: Right-arm offbreak Baba Aparajith struck twice in his back to back overs of the spell. Aparajith sent Hammad Azam back to pavilion for a duck before he made Mohammad Waqas (5) his first victim.
End of over 30, Pakistan Under 23s - 95 for 4: Pacer Suryakumar Yadav came with a fiery spell as he removed the well-settled Umar Waheed (41) and Usman Salahuddin (15). Salahuddin tried to hit a mammoth but couldn't connect it well and gave an easy catch to Juneja at long-on area. While Waheed, who played a responsible 41-run knock, fell short of the crease. Waheed struck four boundaries in his knock.
End of over 25, Pakistan Under 23s - 81 for 2: Both the batsmen - Usman Salahuddin and Umar Waheed - looked in a superb touch. Waheed struck two boundaries in Ashok Maneria's fourth over of the spell.
End of over 20, Pakistan Under 23s - 60 for 2: Pakistan recovered after early blows in the form of their openers Mohammad Rizwan (21) and Babar Azam (7). Rizwan and Azam stitched 32 runs stand for the opening wicket before falling to pacers Sandeep Warrior and Sandeep Sharma respectively.
An engaging climax is on the cards as India Under-23s take on Pakistan Under-23s in the final of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup at the Kallang Ground on Sunday. The last time two age-group teams from the two countries met in a 50-over final, the result was a nerve-racking final in Malaysia last year.
India became the first team to qualify for the ACC Cup final after they successfully defended a total of 208 to beat UAE, while shortly later Pakistan chased down a target of 231 with one wicket and seven deliveries remaining.
This is the second time in the tournament that India and Pakistan will meet. I