Singapore: Spinner Akshar Patel did the star turn for India Under-23 as they fought their way back from a tough situation to set up a title clash with Pakistan after a 46-run win over United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup, on Friday.
In what turned out to be another low-scoring match, the India U-23 defended a modest 208 as the opposition folded for 162 runs in 48.3 overs.
The 19-year-old left-arm spinner Patel snared three wickets for three runs in as many overs to trigger a collapse that saw UAE folding up for 162 after being comfortably placed at 97 for one at one stage. Patel was the pick of the India bowlers, returning with impressive figures of four for 29 in 8.3 overs at the Kallang Ground.
India had suffered 28-run loss to Afghanistan on Thursday. Manpreet Juneja (76) top-scored with the bat. Juneja’s was a laboured knock that mostly comprised running between the wickets – his runs came in 121 balls with a six.