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ACC U19 Asia Cup 2021: Pakistan beat India by 2 wickets in nail-biter

On the last ball, Pakistan needed 2 runs to win and Ahmad Khan managed to hit a boundary to take his over the line. For India, Raja Bawa scalped four wickets.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk Dubai Updated on: December 25, 2021 19:49 IST
Pakistan's Ahmad Khan playing a shot against India in the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2021 group stage match
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Pakistan's Ahmad Khan playing a shot against India in the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2021 group stage match

Riding on Zeeshan Zameer's five-wicket haul followed by Muhammad Shehzad's 81 run knock and finishing touch by Ahmad Khan, Pakistan under 19 team beat India under 19 by two wickets in the group stage match of ACC U19 Asia Cup 2021 here at the ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai on Saturday. India's next match is against Afghanistan on Monday while Pakistan will lock horns with UAE on the same day. 

Ahmad hit Ravi Kumar for a boundary in the game's final delivery to seal the game for his side. Earlier in the day, the Pakistan U-19 bowlers, led by right-arm medium pacer Zeeshan Zameer (5/60), wreaked havoc as they bundled out the opposition for a sub-par 237.

India lost opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi (0), Shaik Rasheed (6) and skipper Yash Dhull (0) cheaply, with Zameer accounting for all the wickets to leave the batting side reeling at 14/3.

Nishant Sindhu (8) became Awais Ali's first victim as India slipped to 41/4. Harnoor made a patient 59-ball 46, striking six boundaries.

When it looked like he would score big, Ali dismissed him in the 19th over to leave India at 96/5. However, wicket-keeper Aaradhya Yadav's 83-ball 50, in which he hit three fours, coupled with Kaushal Tambe's 32 and Rajvardhan Hangargekar's brisk 33 off 20 balls, took India past the 230-run mark.

Chasing 238, Pakistan lost opener Abdul Wahid (0) early as Hangargekar castled him. Then, Maaz Sadaqat (29) and Shehzad (81) rallied the innings with a 64-run stand for the second wicket.

Shehzad, who hammered four boundaries and five towering sixes, was in a belligerent mood as Sadaqat played second fiddle. Left-arm medium-pacer Raj Bawa (4/56) broke the stand by removing Sadaqat.

Bawa struck again by dismissing Haseebullah (3) as Pakistan slipped to 69/3. Skipper Qasim Akram (22) also fell cheaply as Pakistan found themselves in a spot of bother at 115/4, even as Shehzad continued to tear apart the opposition attack.

Hangargekar ran out Shehzad in the 37th over to bring India back into the contention as Pakistan lost half its side for 159. However, Irfan Khan (32) and Rizwan Mehmood (29) took the game deep by adding 47 runs for the sixth wicket.

Then, Bawa pegged back Pakistan by removing Mehmood and Irfan Khan, but a composed Ahmad Khan, who hammered three boundaries and a six, completed the job for his team.

Brief scores: India U-19 237 all out (Aaradhya Yadav 50, Harnoor Singh 46; Zeeshan Zamir 5/60, Awais Ali 2/43) lost to Pakistan U-19 240/8 (Muhammad Shehzad 81, Irfan Khan 32; Raj Bawa 4/56) by two wickets.

With inputs from PTI