Singapore: Medium pacer Sandeep Warrier picked up three wickets, while opener Unmukt Chand struck a patient half-century to help India under-23 team defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by three wickets in a limited overs Group A match of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup, here, on Sunday.
Chasing 192 for victory, the Indians got off to a fine start. The under-19 World Cup winning skipper Chand (61) and Lokesh Rahul (46) provided the team with a solid platform by striking an 84-run partnership.
Despite the middle-order batsmen’s failure to contribute handsomely, India could sail home with 13 balls to spare at the Kallang ground, here.
Apart from the duo, India skipper Suryakumar Yadav hit 23. For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Raza Hasan picked up three wickets.
Opting to field, the Indian pace duo of Sandeep Sharma and Warrier vindicated their captain’s decision of fielding first as they troubled the Pakistan batsmen with swing and bounce.
Both displayed an incisive spell of fast bowling to slice through the opposition top-order, reducing Pakistan to 22 for three inside 10 overs.
Openers Babar Azam (2) and Azeem Ghumman (3) departed in quick succession, while Bilawal Bhatti (7) too made his way back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers much.
It was then left to Umar Waheed (46) and Usman Salahuddin (61) to steady the ship and provide some stability to the innings.
The pair added 85 runs for the fourth wicket to take the team’s total past 100-run mark before left-arm spinner Akshar Patel broke the stand by scalping Waheed.
Pakistan never recovered from the loss and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals before Salahuddin also ran out of his patience and was caught by Baba Aparajith at covers off Warrier in the 47th over of the innings.