Pakistan emerging team moved into the final of the ACC Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup when they beat their Indian counterparts by three-run in the first semi-final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
Omar Yousuf and Saif Babar made 66 and 47 not out respectively to help Pakistan post 267-7 in 50 overs before restricting India to 264-8 with Babar and Mohammad Hasnain claiming 2-57 and 2-61 respectively.
Batting first, Pakistan openers Omar and Haider Ali (43) formed a 90-run opening stand but India stemmed their flow by taking wickets at regular intervals to restrict Pakistan to a gettable total.
In reply, India cruised to 209-3 in 37 overs, but Pakistan bounced back by striking twice in the next two overs to reduce them to 211-5.
Chinmay Sutar (28) and Shubham Sharma (12) got India close to the target, but a four-run last over from Abad Butt won Pakistan the contest.
Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in the second semi-final today at the same venue.
Pakistan and the winner of today’s semi-final will play the final of the eight-team tournament on November 23 in Dhaka.
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