Pakistan beats India for Asia Cup

Pakistan beats India for Asia Cup

In a thrilling match at Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (PSS) Stadium, the Pakistani Shaheens emerged as winners in the ACC Men’s Emerging Cup final, defeating India A by an outstanding score of 128 runs.

Batting first, the Shaheen’s put up an imposing total of 352-8 against their arch-rivals, India A. The opening duo of Saim Ayub (59 off 51) and Sahibzada Farhan (65 off 62) laid a solid foundation with a brilliant partnership of 121 runs off just 104 balls.

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Saim Ayub was eventually dismissed by Manav Suthar, but the Shaheens continued to build crucial partnerships to keep the pressure on India A.

Tayyab Tahir played an exceptional inning, scoring a scintillating 108 runs off just 71 balls, smashing 12 boundaries and four sixes to power his team to the challenging total.

Omair Yousuf and Mubasir Khan also made valuable contributions, each scoring 35 runs for the teams’ cause. Mohammad Wasim provided a late surge, remaining unbeaten on a quick 17 runs off just 10 balls, including a four and a six.

Sufiyan Muqeem and Mubashir Khan also chipped in with unbeaten scores to push the Shaheens’ total to 352.

In response, India’s innings started on a positive note with openers Sai Sudharsan and Abhishek Sharma forming a swift 64-run partnership.

However, Sudharsans’ dismissal by Arshad Iqbal marked the beginning of a downfall for the Indian team. They were eventually bundled out for 224 runs, falling short of the target by a considerable margin.

Indian’s Batting performance

Among the Indian batsmen, Abhishek Sharma was the standout performer, scoring 61 runs off 51 balls. Yash Dhull (39 off 41) and Sai Sudharsan (29 off 28) also showed some resistance, but the rest of the batting lineup struggled to provide significant contributions.

The Pakistan Shaheens’ bowling attack was led by Sufiyan Muqeem, who claimed three wickets for 66 runs. Mehran Mumtaz, Arshad Iqbal, and Mohammad Wasim bagged two wickets each, while Mubashir Khan also managed to pick up a wicket. On the other hand, Qasim Akram remained wicketless.

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This victory marked the second ACC Men’s Emerging Cup crown for the Pakistan Shaheen’s, showcasing their dominance in the tournament and setting the stage for further success in the cricketing world.

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