ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 – India Comfortably Defeated Malaysia; Afghanistan Thrashed Pakistan
On an opening day encounter of ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017, India comfortably beat the hosts Malaysia while Afghanistan thrashed Pakistan and Sri Lanka easily defeated UAE.
Malaysia vs India
India clinched a big 202 runs victory against the hosts Malaysia in the Group A encounter at Kinrara Academy Oval (Kuala Lumpur). India decided to bat first after winning the toss and put 310 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of 50 overs. In reply, Malaysia was bundled out for just 108 runs in 37.1 overs.
Indian opening batsman and skipper Himanshu Rana scored a brilliant century as he was dismissed on 107 runs while the no.4 batsman Salman Khan played an important knock of 67 runs. There were also some important contributions by another opener Manjot Kalra and the no.3 batsman Riyan Parag as they scored 35 runs and 25 runs respectively. At the end of the innings, no.7 batsman Darshan Nalkande played a quick cameo of 25 runs in just 14 balls with two fours and one six. With all these contributions, India managed to put 310 runs on the board at the end of 50 overs after losing 7 wickets.
Haiqal Mohd Khair took 3 wickets (3/61) while Syed Aziz (1/62), Muhammad Aziz (1/65) and Muhammad Arief Yusof (1/32) claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a target of 311 runs for Malaysia, its opener and skipper Virandeep Singh provided some fight against Indian bowlers as he was sent to the pavilion after scoring 52 runs. Another opener Syed Aziz (12) was the only other Malaysian batsman to reach the double-digit score as Malaysia was bundled out for just 108 runs.
Right-arm pacer Darshan Nalkande was the best bowler for India as his bowling figure was 7-1-43-3. Also, Vivekanand Tiwari (2/16) and Shiva Singh (2/16) clinched two wickets each while Arshdeep Singh (1/22) and Tanush Kotian (1/4) picked up one wicket each.
India – 310/7 in 50 overs (Himanshu Rana 107, Salman Khan 67, Haiqal Mohd Khair 3/61)
Malaysia – 108 in 37.1 overs (Virandeep Singh 52, Syed Aziz 12, Darshan Nalkande 3/43)
Result – India won by 202 runs
Afghanistan vs Pakistan
In the Group B encounter, Pakistan met against Afghanistan at Bayuemas Oval (Kuala Lumpur). After winning the toss, Afghanistan sent Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan was bowled out for just 57 runs in 20 overs which was easily chased by Afghanistan inside ten overs losing only three wickets.
Pakistan faced trouble at the beginning of the innings. At the end of the 2 overs, Pakistan lost 3 wickets and only managed to put 1 run on the board (1/3 in 2 overs). Both the openers Mohammad Arif & Muhammad Hammad Khan and the no.3 batsman Abdullah Shafique were dismissed for the duck. The other wickets were continuously falling in the short spell.
Only Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Taha and skipper Hasan Khan reached the two-digit score as they were dismissed for 12, 14 and 12 runs respectively. Total six Pakistan batsmen failed to get off the mark, including the unbeaten batsman Muhammad Musa.
Among the Afghanistan bowlers, just 16-year old off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran finished at the top after scalping 6 wickets in the match. His bowling figure in the match was 10-2-23-6. However, it was not the first time for him to perform frightful against the top team. During Afghanistan U-19 tour of Bangladesh which was played almost a month ago, Mujeeb had claimed 7 wickets (7/19) in the fourth-ODI and helped his team to win in a low scoring match (Afghanistan 133 in 45 overs; Bangladesh 88 in 30.3 overs).
Coming to the present match, other Afghanistan pacers also supported well to Mujeeb. Skipper Naveen-ul-Haq (2/21) and another pacer Yousuf Zazai (2/13) picked up two wickets each.
In reply, Afghanistan took only 9.1 overs to reach the target losing three wickets (62/3 in 9.1 overs). Nisar Wahdat played the highest knock for Afghanistan after remaining unbeaten on 25.
Among the Pakistan bowlers, left-arm pacer Shaheen Afradi (1/14), skipper and left-arm spinner Hasan Khan (1/22) and off-spinner Muhammad Hammad Khan (1/6) took one wicket each, but they had few runs on the board to successfully defend.
Afghanistan had also beaten Pakistan in the previous year’s U-19 Asia Cup (2016) when they had met each other in the Group B encounter. In that game, Afghanistan had won by 21 runs.
Pakistan – 57 in 20 overs (Mohammad Taha 14, Hasan Khan 12, Mujeeb Zadran 6/23)
Afghanistan – 62/3 in 9.1 overs (Nisar Wahdat 25*, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 13, Muhammad Hammad Khan 1/6)
Result – Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka vs UAE
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka easily beat UAE by 7 wickets in another Group B encounter at Royal Selangor Club, (Kuala Lumpur). UAE decided to bat first after winning the toss but failed to provide any fight against Sri Lankan bowlers as they were bundled out for just 66 runs in 22 overs.
Left-arm pacer, Thisaru Rashmika (4/17) and right pacer Jehan Daniel (3/14) picked up four and three wickets respectively. Also, the left arm spinners Kalana Perera (1/18) and Praveen Jayawickrama (2/13) claimed one and two wickets respectively.
Among the UAE batsmen, only wicketkeeper Syed Haider (16) and Hrithik (11) reached the double-digit score.
Chasing down the tiny total, Sri Lanka lost three wickets and reached the target in 16 overs (68/3 in 16 overs). Skipper Kamindu Mendis scored the highest run for Sri Lanka as he was unbeaten for 27 runs.
Left-arm pacer Shah Faisal Khan (2/30) and left-arm spinner Fahad Nawaz (1/11) were the only UAE bowlers to pick up wickets.
UAE – 66 in 22 overs (Syed Haider 16, Hrithik 11, Thisaru Rashmika 4/17)
Sri Lanka – 68/3 in 16 overs (Kamindu Mendis 27*, Krishan Arachchige 15, Shah Faisal Khan 2/30)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
(Note: NR = No Results; NRR = Net Run Rate)
(Note: NR = No Results; NRR = Net Run Rate)
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