Pakistan A beat Sri Lanka A to enter Emerging Asia Cup final
Arshad Iqbal took the maximum 5 wickets from Pakistan.
New Delhi. The Pakistan-A team, which lost badly to India-A in the last match of the Men’s Emerging Asia Cup, reached the finals. In the first semi-final, Pakistan defeated hosts Sri Lanka by 60 runs. Batting first in the match, Pakistan-A scored a big score of 322 runs in 50 overs. Chasing the target of 323 runs, the entire Sri Lanka-A team was bundled out for 262 runs in 45.4 overs. In this way, Pakistan-A secured a place in the final of the Emerging Asia Cup. Pakistan may clash with India-A in the title match. Because India-A will face Bangladesh-A in the second semi-final. If the Indian team wins this match, then there will be a clash between India and Pakistan in the final.
Several players contributed to Pakistan-A’s victory in the first semi-final of the Emerging Asia Cup. In this, 22-year-old pacer Arshad Iqbal is important. Apart from scoring 10 runs in the match, he also took 5 wickets for 37 runs in 7.4 overs. Apart from him, Mubasir Khan also took 2 wickets. Chasing the target of 323 runs, Sri Lanka-A did not have a good start. On the fourth ball of the first over itself, opener Lasith Krusple was dismissed without opening the account. After this Sri Lanka lost 2 more wickets in quick succession. First Minod Bhanuka (1) and then Pasindu (10) got out after scoring runs. Although Avishka Fernando and Sahan Arachige hit half-centuries. Both of them missed out on making a century. Both played innings of 97-97 runs.
After the dismissal of these two, Sri Lanka’s innings faltered and the entire team was all out for 262 runs. Arshad Iqbal took maximum 5 wickets from Pakistan. Earlier, for Pakistan-A, Omair Yusuf scored 88, captain Mohammad Haris scored an unbeaten 52 runs. Mubasir Khan scored 42 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 21, 2023, 19:20 IST