India v Pakistan, Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final, Kuala Lumpur July 1, 2012

India and Pakistan Under-19s tie thrilling final

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Pakistan Under-19s 282 for 9 (Aslam 134, Kalaria 5-37) tied with India Under-19s 282 for 8 (Chand 121, Aparajith 90, Nawaz 3-45)
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For the second time in two matches, there was very little separating India and Pakistan's Under-19 teams, as they tied the final of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur in dramatic fashion. Pakistan opener Sami Aslam scored his second hundred of the series to carry his team to 282, before India captain Unmukt Chand did the same for his side. But both centuries went in vain, with neither team claiming the trophy.

Pakistan did well to achieve the tie. India were in relative control in the chase, needing 37 in the final six overs, with seven wickets in hand and Chand batting on 101. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz then produced two effective overs, claiming two wickets and conceding just five, to bring Pakistan back into the game. Chand was still around though and almost carried his bat, but his dismissal off the fourth ball of the final over - caught on the cover boundary off seamer Ehsan Adil - left India needing five off two deliveries. No. 8 Rush Kalaria pierced the off side for four, to bring the scores level. The final delivery, though, he could only chip gently to mid-off. Dot ball. Shared title.

Like in their one-run defeat to Pakistan in the group match, India chose to field. And once again, Pakistan's innings was built around Aslam. India managed to keep the scoring in check early in the innings, but a 100-run stand at over a run a ball between Umar Waheed and Sami Aslam for the third wicket put Pakistan on course for a sizeable total.

Pakistan had launched the final assault, scoring 49 from overs 41 to 45, when Kalaria removed Saad Ali and Aslam off consecutive balls. He took three more wickets, and Pakistan managed only 30 for 5 in the final five.

India's reply revolved around a 175-run stand for the second wicket between Chand and B Aparajith. Aparajith fell 10 short of a hundred, Nawaz's first victim of the game. Apart from these two, none of the other India batsmen managed to go past 23, as the lower-middle order let the game slip from their grasp.

Aslam's century came after scores 82 not out, 121, 47 and 77, and he, expectedly, won the Player of the Series and best batsman awards. Sri Lanka offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who picked up 12 wickets in four games, was named the best bowler of the tournament.

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @msq3761. Thats not shared! There was a super-over/ball out rule at that time and ur team were not able to do that. Here thing is different.

  • dummy4fb on July 3, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    2015 World Cup ---- Sami Aslam plays for Pakistan and Chand plays for India. What a scene that will be .......

  • dummy4fb on July 2, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Amazing finish,don't know how India vs Pakistan always produces great finishes. Positive things from both the camps. U.Chand is a guy who I have heard a lot about as he hails from Delhi. He's surely following the footsteps of V.Kohli who was on the same lines as him 3-4 yrs back and look at that guy now. U.Chand has done well for Delhi,also signed by Delhi Daredevils[Hasn't got much chances as of now though]. This Asia Cup just shows his talent. The U-19 WC will be a huge tournament for him though. Needless to say,both teams are favourites for that WC too.

  • msq3761 on July 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, same should have happened in the 1st ever T20 match between Pakistan and India in World Cup 2007.

  • AtulMore on July 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Congrats to both the teams. Like :)

  • Sakthiivel on July 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and Indians..

  • Shahnawaztarar on July 2, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Sami you really did well and it is really an achivement to outclass the indian batsman and also with a margin....you are the best bats man and also top scorer with a total of 461 runs.......we are looking a new saeed anwar in you....plz continue to impress in world cup u-19 and make a way straight away to A side and as well as to national side.

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @nampally - same thoughts as you Chand, Aparajith, Zol should now be given a go at India A and then later senior team. Along with Pujara - we have four possible players for the senior role. We have the makings of a good openner in Chand.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 2, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Trophy should have been handed ovr to pak bcoz they had already beaten d indians in group stage,anyhow 4 us pakis,they r d real asian champs n hot favourits to win wrldcup

  • dummy4fb on July 2, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    keep eye on aparjith.india will get excellent all rounder

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