India U-23s v Pakistan U-23s, Group A, ACC Emerging Teams Cup August 18, 2013

Warrier, Chand set up close India win

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India Under-23s 192 for 7 (Chand 61, Hasan 3-39) beat Pakistan Under-23s 191 for 7 (Salahuddin 61, Warrier 3-32) by three wickets
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Opener Unmukt Chand's 103-ball 61 helped India Under-23s beat Pakistan Under-23s by three-wickets in a close match at the ACC Emerging Teams Cup.

Put in to bat, Pakistan were unable to cope with an early spell from the pacers Sandeep Warrier and Sandeep Sharma, who dismissed top-order batsmen Babar Azam, Azeem Ghumman and Bilawal Bhatti within 10 overs to leave Pakistan struggling at 22 for 3.

An 85-run fourth-wicket partnership between Usman Salahuddin and Umar Waheed stabilised Pakistan's innings. However, Waheed gave his wicket away in the 36th over, his mistimed drive against left-arm spinner Akshar Patel reaching only as far as mid-on.

Following the breakthrough, India seized the advantage by dismissing Mohammad Nawaz and Hammad Azam in quick succession. Salahuddin made a unhurried 61, but was eventually caught at cover by Baba Aparajith off Warrier, who was named the Man of the Match for his figures of three for 32. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan struck a 21-ball 25 to push Pakistan to the cusp of 200.

Set 192 to chase, India began slowly, but comfortably, with the openers Chand and Lokesh Rahul involved in an 84-run stand to put India in a very healthy position.

However, Rahul's wicket in the 26th over got Pakistan back in the game, as left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who had returned to competitive cricket in March after suffering a serious injury to his spine in December, took two wickets, including that of Chand's in the 38th over. Bhatti chimed in with a wicket and Nawaz took his second to leave India at 150 for 5, and needing 42 off 49.

Ashok Menaria calmed the nerves by smashing two sixes and a four during his 9-ball 18, before becoming Hasan's third victim in the 48th over. But with just one run to win, Aparajith took India home.

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  • Rakesh on August 20, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Great work boys. You made us proud.

  • Karthikeyan on August 19, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    It is golden moment for Indian Cricket. Wherever India plays, India is triumphant. Either it is U19 in Srilanka, A team in SA, U23 in Singapore or recent Senior team's performance. Now it is up to selector's to use these talent properly instead of growing only 11 permanent International team as always.

  • Naresh on August 19, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Sandeep Sharma is the type of bowler India need. He is always taking those early wickets. I have followed this guy since his U19 exploits and cannot understand why he is not in the A-team yet. Chand will always be my favorite ex-U19 player, pity the Indian team has so many openers already. maybe one day we will see more openers playing in the middle order. This flurry of U19, U23 and A-team games is giving India the edge when the selectors choose the main team. Players like ZOL have also shown class recently.

  • Krishna on August 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Good bowling from both sandeep's.specially sandeep warrier(warrior).

  • Binu on August 19, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Happy about Sandeep Warrier,He is bowling with pace and accuracy and most importantly he is swinging the ball,Being a Keralite I like his achievement,Lokesh Rahul also impressed many with his quality and Dravid like calmness in the middle,Surely India will get a good wicket Keeper Batsman in Lokesh Rahul and I am not forgetting another WK batsman our own Sanju Samson

  • Ashok on August 18, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    It was great to see some of the young Indian talent. U.Chand is definitely a batsman worthy of playing for India soon. Ashok Menaria has lot of talent but needs to channel it via controlled & disciplined aggression. In bowling it was grand to see the 2 opening bowlers- both Sandeeps- rising to the occasion. India certainly could be well served by keeping an eye on these 2. Aparajith is another bowler- an off spinner- of the future, who did well in the U-19 world cup matches. Well done Team India.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    These matches and even India A matches shud be LIVE on TV

  • Qaasim on August 18, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I followed this on espncricinfo, so my comment is based on what I read. First of all these matches should have been broadcasted. Batsman will get better as the tournament progresses. Very heartning to see the bowlers bowl well. Good luck 2moro GREEN TEAM!!!!!!

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