India-Pakistan U-19 Asia Cup final ends in tie

Jul 02, 2012, 07:31 IST | AFP

India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent 121 in the thrilling tied final against Pakistan as both the countries shared the Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval here yesterday

Chasing a target of 283, opening batsman Chand kept alive India’s hope till the final over when seven runs were needed. But after Chand’s dismissal, India were left with the task of scoring five off two balls.

Medium pacer Rush Kalaria, who had bagged 5-37, hit a four of the penultimate ball to bring the scores on par but departed in the final ball and India were left tied with Pakistan on 282 for eight in 50 overs.

Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand scored 121. Pic/Getty images

India had started the chase well, with Chand and Baba Aparajith (90) adding 175 runs for the second wicket, having lost opening batsman Manan Vohra (11) in the fifth over. After Aparajith’s dismissal in the 37th over, Chand hardly got support at the other end as wickets started tumbling at regular intervals.

Aaparjith’s 90 came off 86 balls and were studded with 12 fours.

For Pakistan, fast bowler Ehsan Adil and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz bagged three wickets each.

Earlier, put in to bat, Pakistan riding on a fine 134 by Sami Aslam made 282 for nine in 50 overs. Aslam hit 13 fours and three sixes in his 124-ball knock. Umar Waheed (48) and Saad Ali (23) were the other notable contributors.

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