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India U23s kick off with win over Pakistan U23s

India U23s kick off with win over Pakistan U23s

The Indian U23 contingent began their campaign in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup with a 3-wicket victory over Pakistan U23s in a 50-over match in Singapore on Sunday.

After winning the toss, India U23s opted to bowl, handing a List A debut to young Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian bowlers were spot on from the beginning, as pacer Sandeep Sharma (2/39) dismissed opener Babar Azam (2) in the 3rd over. Sandeep Warrier (3/32) then bowled an impressive spell, picking quick wickets of Azeem Ghumman (3) and Bilawal Bhatti (7). By the end of the 10th over, Pakistan U23s were tottering at 22/3. However, Umar Waheed (46) and Usman Salahuddin (61) put up an 85-run partnership for the 4th wicket, steadying their team’s ship for a while.

Akshar Patel (1/35) was then introduced into the attack and the move paid off as he got rid of Waheed, getting a much needed breakthrough for his side. Sharma was brought back and he had Mohammad Nawaz (3) caught at long-on, further reducing Pakistan to 121/5. Hammad Azam (13) was run-out by skipper Suryakumar Yadav and Pakistan were 6 down even before reaching the 150-run mark.

Salahuddin, who had settled at the crease, tried to take his side to a competitive score along with Mohammad Rizwan (25), but was dismissed by a comeback spell from Warrier, who had him caught at covers. At the end of 50 overs, Pakistan U23s managed to reach a total of 191/7.

The Indian chase started off swiftly with openers KL Rahul (46) and Unmukt Chand (61) adding 84 runs for the 1st wicket, before Rahul was bowled by Mohammad Nawaz (2/42) in the 26th over. Manprit Juneja (11) departed soon after, as Raza Hasan (3/39) bowled him through the gate. Chand was then caught at point off Hasan’s delivery after a well-deserved fifty. Captain Suryakumar Yadav (13) followed as he was trapped in front by Bilawal Bhatti (23) and India U23s were reeling at 144/4 in the 39th over.

Ankit Bawne (5) too, couldn’t hold on as he fell to Nawaz, leaving India U23s in a bothering state, followed by Akshar Patel (5) who was removed by Ehsan Adil (1/32). However, thanks to Baba Aparajith (13*) and Ashok Menaria (18), India U23s comfortably chased down the target inside 48 overs, registering their first victory in the tournament.

With 2 points on the table, India U23s take on Nepal in their next game on August 20.

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sudhirRCCB on 03 Nov 2013, 11:32 AM
Cmon India! Cannot possibly lose to pakistan! Win it for us boys! :D
ANANTH11296 on 19 Aug 2013, 04:24 PM
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