India U-23s v Pakistan U-23s, ACC Emerging Teams Cup, final August 25, 2013

India take title in one-sided final

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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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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  • Naresh 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.

  • Qaasim 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.

  • Sriram 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!

  • Shiv on August 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Young guns do it again.. well done boys.

  • Krishna 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.

  • Subramani 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.

  • Chandan Kumar 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android 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.

  • Android on August 26, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    grear job

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