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Pakistan edge India in thriller to succeed in U-19 Asia Cup semis

Pakistan edge India in thriller to reach U-19 Asia Cup semis
Quick bowler Zeeshan Zemeer’s five-wicket haul backed by a high quality 81-run knock by Mohammad Shehzad steered Pakistan to a nail-biting two-wicket victory over arch-rivals India of their group ‘A’ match of the U-19 Asia Cup in Dubai on Saturday.

Chasing 238 for victory, Pakistan achieved their goal off the final ball when Ahmed Khan drove Indian pacer Ravi Kumar for a boundary.

Earlier, right-handed Shehzad performed a preventing knock off 105 balls whereas hanging 5 sixes and 4 fours.

At 230-7, Pakistan required eight runs for victory within the ultimate over. On the primary ball of the over, Pakistan misplaced Zeeshan, who was the wrecker-in-chief of the Indian innings with 5 wickets, for a duck to Ravi. However Ahmed (29 not out) with Ali Asfand (1 not out) survived the tense moments and achieved the goal on the final ball.

Apart from Shehzad and Ahmed, different notable scorers for Pakistan had been Maaz Sadaqat (29, 4 fours), Irfan Khan (32, three fours) and Rizwan Mehmood (29).

For India, pacer Raj Bawa was the principle wicket-taker with 4 for 56.

Earlier after being put into bat, India made a average complete of 237 all out in 49 overs. Wicket-keeper/batsman Aaradhya Yadav top-scored with an 83-ball 50 containing three fours whereas opener Harnoor Singh made 46 off 59.

Proper-armer Zeeshan was costly conceding 60 runs in 10 overs however captured 5 wickets together with that of Yadav. Awais Ali claimed 2-43 in his eight overs.

Shehzad for his sensible match-winning innings was named man-of-the-match.

Pakistan have remained unbeaten thus far within the occasion successful each their matches to steer the group ‘A’ desk with 4 factors.

India are second on net-run-rate foundation adopted by Afghanistan; each have two factors every and they’re to play one another within the final match, which is able to determine the second semi-finalist from this group.

Of their subsequent match Pakistan face the UAE on Monday.

From group ‘B’, Bangladesh have additionally certified for the semi-finals as high workforce whereas second-placed Sri Lanka (two factors) have vivid probabilities to qualify for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka are to face as to face Nepal and Kuwait of their remaining group matches.