ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 – 1st Semi-Final: Rain Favours Pakistan’s Side As They Edged Out Bangladesh
Pakistan edged out Bangladesh in a rain-interrupted 1st semi-final on ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 at Kinrara Academy Oval (Kuala Lumpur).
Pakistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. At the end of 50 overs, Bangladesh managed to put 274 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets. Chasing down the target, Pakistan was on 199/5 in 39 overs when rain stopped the play. There was no further action as Pakistan won the match by two runs under D/L method.
During Bangladesh innings, openers Pinak Ghosh and Naim Sheikh (14) put a 51 runs partnership for the first wicket before Pinak extended his innings for a superb 105 runs partnership along with the skipper Saif Hassan. Hassan completed his half-century and was dismissed on 61 runs.
Meanwhile, Pinak scored 82 runs before Munir Riaz sent him pavilion. After Pinak’s dismissal, Afif Hossain carried out the team’s innings until the end of the innings. Afif remained unbeaten for 52 runs while no.8 batsman Nayeem Hasan played an important cameo role with 22 runs knock in 15 balls.
Among the Pakistan bowlers, Munir Riaz (3/53) picked up three wickets while Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/66), Hasan Khan (1/39) and Suleman Shafqat (1/44) claimed one wicket each.
In reply, Pakistan lost their first three wickets inside 11 overs as their scoreline was reading 51/3 (11 overs). During that time, openers Muhammad Arif (4) and Muhammad Mohsin Khan (22) were dismissed along with the no.3 batsman Abdullah Shafique (10).
Mohammad Taha and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir (26) put an important 69-runs partnership for the fourth wicket before a 77-runs partnership for the fifth wicket between Mohammad Taha and Saad Khan.
Just a few minutes before the rain-interruption, Taha was dismissed for 92 runs. Saad Khan (35*) remained unbeaten along with the skipper Hasan Khan (1*) before the rain stopped the play.
Qazi Onik (2/35) took two wickets for Bangladesh lads while Afif Hossain (1/42) and Shakhawat Hossain (1/26) picked up a piece of wicket each.
The match never restarted as Pakistan was declared the winner by two runs under D/L method. In the final of the tournament, Pakistan will take on the winner of 2nd semi-final (Afghanistan vs Nepal; will be played on tomorrow) on this Sunday (19/11/2017) at the same venue.
Bangladesh – 274/6 in 50 overs (Pinak Ghosh 82, Saif Hossain 61, Munir Riaz 3/53)
Pakistan – 199/5 in 39 overs (Mohammad Taha 92, Saad Khan 35*, Qazi Onik 2/35)
Result – Pakistan won by 2 runs (D/L method)
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