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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 31 December 2013 - 06:44pm IST

Report: Asia Cup - Ind U-19 vs Pak U-19

Aslam ton helps Pak colts to two-wicket win

Pakistan pulled off a two-wicket win against India in a nail-biting finish in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup tournament.
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Akhil Herwadkar was the first to depart after a 74-run opening stand with Ankush Bains. Karamat Ali, who ended the opening stand, also trapped Bains leg-before nine runs later. He also claimed the key wicket of Vijay Zol 10 overs later. Ricky Bhui however made a crucial 64 lower down the order to help India U-19 to a competitive total in the last game of the stage. And Sanju Samson contributed a useful 38 before being castled by Kamran Ghulam. Ali, who had claimed the top three batters, also accounted for the wicket of Sarfaraz Khan to finish with four for 28 in the game.

Skipper Sami Aslam then led the chase for Pakistan U-19. Opening the innings, he scored 108 and anchored the innings. After he lost his opening partner with 33 runs on the board and Imam-ul-Haq followed, Aslam rallied on.

After the captain was run out, Ghulam held the innings together as the Pakistan colts strove hard to attain the target.

Zol used as many as seven bowlers in an attempt to successfully defend the total. Then, with Pakistan U-19 needing 21 runs, Kuldeep Yadav struck in the 47th over to remove Saifullah Khan – Yadav conceded only one run in that over. With the match hanging in the balance, Zafar Gohar joined Ghulam in the middle to scale the target. With Chama Milind conceding nine runs in the next over, the Pakistan colts needed 11 runs from the last two.

To add to the drama, Ghulam was run out for 55 off the last ball of the penultimate over. And with the opposition needing six, Milind came on to bowl the last over. As the pressure crept up, Salman Saeed was run out off the first ball of the last over while attempting to sneak in a single. However, Gohar struck a boundary off the next ball to take Pakistan U-19 within sniffing distance of the target. He then struck another four over mid-off to pull off a thrilling victory.