India U-23s v Pakistan U-23s, ACC Emerging Teams Cup, final

India take title in one-sided final

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 25, 2013

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India U-23s 160 for 1 (Rahul 93*, Juneja 51*) beat Pakistan U-23s 159 (Waheed 41, Aparajith 3-28) by nine wickets
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Baba Aparajith celebrates a wicket, India v New Zealand, ICC Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Townsville, August 23, 2012
Baba Aparajith grabbed 3 for 28 in the final, and ended up as the tournament's highest wicket-taker © ICC/Getty
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Allrounder Baba Aparajith's three wickets and opening batsman KL Rahul's unbeaten 93 helped India thrash Pakistan in the final of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup tournament.

The game turned on it's head after a solid Pakistan start, when they lost seven wickets for 19 runs to slip to 107 for 9. Aparajith, who is India's leading wicket-taker in the tournament with seven, was one of the main reasons for the collapse - he dismissed Hammad Azam and Mohammad Waqas in successive overs, before flighting the ball on the leg stump for Bilawal Bhatti to hit straight to Ashok Menaria at long-on, to restrict Pakistan to 159.

Needing less than 3.50 an over, India were in complete control as Rahul, the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 233 at an average of 77.66, struck 11 fours and one six to complete the victory with more than 16 overs to spare.

Pakistan, electing to bat first, got off to an unhurried start as the openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam added 32 for the first wicket. Rizwan appeared to be in good touch, striking two fours off an over from Sandeep Warrier, but threw away his wicket in the ninth over by lofting a delivery from medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma straight to mid-off for another easy catch for Menaria. Warrier struck in the very next over, inducing an edge from Azam to the wicketkeeper Smit Patel, to leave Pakistan at 34 for 2 after 10 overs.

Umar Waheed, batting at No. 3, stabilised the innings with a 54-run partnership for the third wicket with Usman Salahuddin. Waheed particularly targeted the spin of Menaria, smashing all four of his fours off the left-arm spinner's bowling. But tight and incisive bowling curtailed Pakistan's scoring rate, and Waheed was eventually run-out in the 30th over, trying to sneak an unlikely second run. It continued the collapse from which Pakistan couldn't recover, despite a late onslaught from Usman Qadir, who struck four fours and one six during his 32-ball 33.

India were solid in their run-chase, and Unmukt Chand's dismissal in the sixth over did little to change Pakistan's fortunes, as Rahul and Manprit Jadeja struck a total of 14 fours and two sixes between them, and put on an unbeaten partnership of 132 for the second wicket to ease India to victory.

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Posted by Naresh28 on (August 27, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

NICE VICTORY!!!! Well done team India. Another India A series kicks off in a few days time and I wonder how come this trend was absent in the past. It means the current BCCI and selectors are doing a fabulous job. This is what is needed if India is to rise up in Test cricket. Well done to Aparajith and Rahul....also the Indian bowlers.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 26, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

First of all Congratulations to the indian u-23s derserved victory and good to know that some very good bowlers are coming through their ranks. P.s am Pakistani.

Coming to our youngster's it was really disheartning to see our bowling being outclassed by the indian bowlers. Although Bilawal was impressive he is quick and a swing type bowler. Ehsan is over-rated Zia ul haq is a much better prospect. To be fairly honest our real bowling talent are at the under-19 group such as Zia, Aftab, Irfanuallah Shah, Awais Munir, Usman Khan, Waqqas Gujjar, Nouman Akram etc .....

Our batsman are not technically correct apart from Babar, Usman, Umar. The batting was highley inconsistent and the blame should lie at our domestic cricket which is pathetic to say the least, due to which our batsman are struggling. Babar needs to work at the N.C.A to work on consistency between innings. Umar Waheed should be in the odi squad. Usman Sahlauddin in the test squad. The two are mature and deserve selection.

Posted by CricketMaan on (August 26, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

What stands out is that Indian bowling unit outperforming Pak's for we knew the batting will do!! Kudos Baba, looking forward to your exploits in Ranji!

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Young guns do it again.. well done boys.

Posted by kc69 on (August 26, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Indian youngsters doing equally well compared to senior pro's..well all this success states only one thing that India's cricketing future is safe and secure.Good job boys.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (August 26, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Kannur Lokesh Rahul looks to be not just a look alike of the great Rahul Dravid, but appears to have imbibed many of the other qualities of the great man in regard to technique and unflappability. Much the same can be said about his humble and undemonstrative ways. I think he could be a very good opening batsman for India if he carries on evolving in the manner he has thus farHe seems focussed and this season could be the big one for him as India looks for a secure opener in all the formats of the game who could also play all the strokes. It looks like India is likely to be relevant in world cricket for a long time to come going by the players coming through in all their age groups.

Posted by Chandan.Karna on (August 26, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

My thinking may be one sided for a team but I believe being introduced such players from India or Test playing nations in this tournament did not give the Level Playing Field for team like Nepal.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

During the whole tournament the only team which was able to defeat India U23 was afghanistan national cricket team, but due to bad luck afghanistan was unable to get the title, I think ICC should give those countries who play with thier native players full member ship like afghanistan, Nepal and kenyia. Countries like Canada, USA, Netherland, UAE, Malysia....... should not play at high level like associates countries because they dont have a future in cricket, 90% of their players are Imported from other countries and they dont have a crickte infrastructure.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Rahul .warrier and sandeep could be tried against Aussie in upcoming series . baba for the test matches in future! Unmukt for the t-20.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

grear job

Posted by satishchandar on (August 26, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

SK Yadav is a underdog.. He batted beautifully in 2-3 games and bowled excellent spells in the middle overs.. that guy deserves a lot more credit.. Was a bit surprised to see him as captain but he did a good job in keeping up the team morale high and his bowling changes all were pretty good.. A good tournament which gave the likes of UAE and Afghanistan a good work out where they tested the big teams to a great level.. Wish they conduct such series often atleast 2-3 times a year to give the smaller nations more exposure..

Posted by avmd on (August 26, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

I 'm a Pakistan team supporter but has no hesitancy in conceding the fact that Indian cricket is way ahead of Pakistan at the moment but still this loss was embarrassing. Pakistan under 19 will always remain competitive due to the natural talent but after that India is way ahead of nurturing young cricketers than Pakistan. I saw many of these Indian boys in last under 19 WC, they were good but Pakistani boys was equally good , although they lost to india. But now there is a widening gulf between the confidence, technique and professionalism of youngster from countries.

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (August 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Congrats to young india.it's time to give a chance to sandeep sharma in one day format along with bhuvi. My openion is, this pair more effective in one day formatg.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Bowling unit of the u23 Indian team has been a revelation, Sandeep shud feel a little hurt he wasnt in India A squad, Warrier has been a revelation and Aparajith is showing that his u19 performances were no fluke the kid has excellent potential to excell...KL Rahul has been the find of this tournament!!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

crushing victory over pak yet again proves the class of upcoming talent ....you have made us proud boys.....jai hind

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (August 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Congrats to the young Brigade , may this trend continue in the IND -SA test series as well .Hope that some of the players are given chance in ODI series at home against the aussies which would help to build a good squad of 25-30 players for the 2015 world cup .

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 25, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Afghanistan & UAE are 2 outstanding & emerging teams in the Asian circuit now. They had shown a lot of character in the whole tournament. As usual Pakistan was the most unpredictable team. They beat SL in the semis from nowhere & total surrendered in very next game (FINAL). Only IND looks consistent & resilient. Fair enough that the best team won the tournament on the merit. Looks like IND, Afghanistan, UAE & PAK seem to be the best 4 teams in the Asia now. Test Teams like SL & Bangladesh were disappointing. Both of them have a lot of INTROSPECTIVE work to do in the future. It is a very awful to see teams like Afghans, UAE, Netherlands & Ireland are still striving for competitive status in spite of performing the best against top teams consistently. ICC must review permanent & associate status of all cricket playing nations on their performance. It will be better idea to incorporate these emerging teams regularly rather than SL & BD in multi-nations ODI tournaments by top teams.

Posted by manu566 on (August 25, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Lol.. L.Rahul not even selected in India'a teams 4day games as well as 1day series against nz'a team. He should have been our opener in those teams.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 25, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Oh..now I noticed that it was the final. Congrats for that. and special congrats for beating Pakistan.

Posted by soaf on (August 25, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

well played india.as a pakistani i would respectfully accept the fact that over the last decade india has produced much more talented cricketers than pakistan.as a matter of fact we pakistanis are living in fools paradise by hearing the remarks of"most talanted cricket nation".but the reality is just obscure for us we didnt really able to produce a single opener or batsmen of test worthy since the end of 90's.our bowling which often hailed as"world class"is also impotent as we have yet to registered a series win even in westindies(leave aside australia and s.africa).now time has come for our cricket administrators to take some bold decision so that we can recover our former glory.otherwise we would become a minnow in coming years

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (August 25, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

so India u23 won the title defeated all the teams accept Afghanistan. Infact, Afghanistan won the title becoz they already defeat India.

Posted by ssenthil on (August 25, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Well played India U-23. I guess the young players are really good. What really impress me is the bowling strength of the Indian team despite we have this strong batsman. The likes of Menaria and Aparajith batting at No.6 and 7 shows the strength of Indian batting order but we won largely due to our bowling strength. All bowlers impressed a lot from Sandeep Sharma, Sandeep Warrier, Aparajith and Akshar Patel. Though the choice of Indian captain is doubtful.

Posted by nayonika on (August 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

One more winner title gathered by one more Indian team. BCCI is embroiled in all sorts of controversies but Indian cricketers are concerning themselves with just playing well and winning tournaments. Well done U-23 boys.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

KL Rahul seems to be find of the tournament, and Unmukt's hype is finally cooling down.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Always nice beating Pakistan no matter at what level...

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Great victory....congrats.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 25, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

After the 4-0 routing Aussies, India won all titles in all categories, the CT, Under 19 Triumph in SL, WI Triangular Series, Triangular Series of India A in SA and this one. Congrats!

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