Dubai: Captain Sami Aslam (108) made a magnificent century as Pakistan colts held on to their nerves to pull off a narrow two-wicket win over India in the Under-19 Asia Cup, here, on Tuesday.
Pakistan chased down a challenging 251 with just three balls to spare and registered their third straight win of the tournament.
Riding on Ricky Bhui’s (64) quickfire half-century, India scored 250 for seven off their quota of 50 overs after electing to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Ricky’s innings came off 66 balls and included three fours and two sixes.
India got off to a solid start with openers Ankush Bains (41) and Akhil Herwadkar (31) putting on 74 runs in 13.3 overs.
However, Pakistan leg-spinner Karamat Ali brought his side back into the match as he removed the top three batsmen, including captain Vijay Zol (20) to reduce India to 116 for three. Ali kept a tight leash on Indian batsmen as he finished with figures of four for 28 in his 10 overs.
In the process, Ricky put on small but significant partnerships of 36, 42 and 45 with Sanju Samson (38), Sarfaraz Khan (20) and Deepak Hooda (24) respectively to help his side put up a testing total. In reply, left-handed Aslam led from the front as he smacked Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Brief scores: India U-19 250 in 50 ovs (R. Bhui 64, A. Bains 41; K. Ali 4/28) Pakistan U-19 253/8 in 49.3 overs (S. Aslam 108, K. Ghulam 55; K. Yadav 2/40). Pakistan win by 2 wickets. (PTI)