New Delhi, The winning streak of the India-A team, which remained invincible till the finals of the Men’s Emerging Asia Cup, finally came to an end in the finals. In the title match, Pakistan won the title by defeating the India-A team led by Yash Dhull. Chasing a target of 353 runs, India-A got bundled out for 224 runs in 40 overs and lost the final by a big margin of 128 runs. 30-year-old batsman Tyab Tahir played an important role in Pakistan’s victory. Tyeb hit 108 runs in 71 balls.
This year has been wonderful for Tyeb Tahir so far. He hit Fifty on PSL debut for Karachi Kings in February this year. Made T20 debut against Afghanistan in March and after 4 months played a title-winning innings against India-A, hitting a 71-ball century.
After the match, Taib said, “We had thought in the beginning that we have got a good start, we should not let it go. That’s why even after losing a few wickets, we didn’t want to let the process of scoring runs stop. Mudasir had a good plan that we would reduce the momentum in the middle overs. At that time Indian bowlers were bowling well, we had also lost some wickets. So we planned that we will stop now and once the partnership is formed, we will try to score fast runs. There are many good batsmen and not everyone gets a chance to score a century. That’s why I consider it a blessing.
On the other hand, the Pakistan-A captain said after winning the Emerging Asia Cup title, “When you make a big score in the final, this is what happens, the opposition team comes under pressure. In such a situation, if wickets are taken continuously, then the runchage becomes difficult for the opposition team. We tried different team combinations in the last four-five matches. It’s been good for us. We showed videos of Indian batsmen to our bowlers. Sai Sudarshan and Abhishek were their main players and we thought if we can get them out early, it will help us. I am very happy with how our players have been motivated. With the Asia Cup coming up and after that the World Cup, Sri Lanka is a tough place to play spin. So it was a good preparation for the big tournament.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 24, 2023, 09:21 IST