Pakistan A and India A will square off in the Emerging Asia Cup final on Sunday (July 23) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The Men in Blue advanced to the much-anticipated final after defeating Bangladesh A by 51 runs in the second semi-final of Asia’s developing players cricket tournament.
Bangladesh’s young cricketers were all removed for 160 runs in 34.2 overs while attempting to chase down India A’s 212-run goal.
In the other semi-final, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka A by 60 runs to advance to the event finals. The host team was bowled out for 262 in 45.4 overs while chasing a target of 323 runs.
Arshad Iqbal of Pakistan was the pick of the bowlers, with statistics of 5-37. Mubasir Khan and Sufiyan Muqeem each took two wickets for the winning team.
Meanwhile, in the match against Bangladesh A, India’s Nishant Sindhu got five wickets for 20 runs in eight overs and was named the winning bowler.
Bangladesh’s top scorer was opener Tanzid Hasan, who scored 51 runs.
Previously, India A hitters were bowled out for 211 by Bangladesh A in the second semi-final of the Emerging Asia Cup on Friday in Colombo.
After being sent into bat first, India A lost their opener Sai Sudharsan, who scored a century against Pakistan A in the previous match, early for just 21 runs in the 8th over.
Abhishek Sharma (34) also departed before skipper Yash Dhull came in and rescued the Men in Blue. He kept his nerves calm and scored well-fought 66 runs which included six boundaries.
Manav Suthar scored handy 21 runs to help India past the 200-run mark.
Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim, and Rakibul Hasan bagged two wickets each for the Bangladesh A team.
On the other hand, Pakistan A beat Sri Lanka A by 60 runs to qualify for the final of the Asian event.
Right-arm fast bowler Arshad Iqbal bagged his maiden List A fifer to help Pakistan A bowl out opponents for 262 runs in reply to 323-run target.