India loses to Pakistan, crashes out of ACC Emerging Teams Cup

India Emerging Team fell short of Pakistan Emerging Team's total by three runs in the semifinal of the Emerging ACC Cup.

Losing wickets at regular intervals stopped India Emerging Team from achieving the target. (representative image)   -  REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

India crashed out of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup after losing by three runs to arch-rival Pakistan in the first semifinal here on Wednesday.

Pakistan produced a strong top-order display to post 267 for seven after opting to bat.

Openers Omair Yousuf (66 off 97 balls) and Haider Ali (43 off 60) put on a 90-run opening stand to lay a solid foundation.

Thereafter, Said Badar (47 not out off 48), skipper Rohail Nazir (35) and Imran Rafiq (28) made useful contributions with the bat to take Pakistan's total past 250.

Pacer Shivam Mavi (2/53), off-spinner Hrithik Shokeen (2/59) and Saurabh Dubey (2/60) shared six wickets between them.

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Chasing, skipper Belur Ravi Sharath (47 off 43 balls) and Aryan Juyal (17 off 17) made a bright start, stitching 43 runs off just 38 balls for the opening wicket.

After the dismissal of Juyal, Sharath held fort in the company of top-scorer Sanvir Singh (76 off 90) with a fifty-plus stand, but India’s chase hit a roadblock once the duo got out.

India was dealt a severe blow when Armaan Jaffer (46 off 53) and Yash Rathod (13) were dismissed in quick succession, reducing the team to 211 for five in 38.1 overs.

With five wickets in hand, the target was still achievable, but India kept losing wickets and was restricted to 264 for eight.

With Chinmay Sutar (28 not out) at the crease, India needed an achievable seven runs off the last over, but it made a mockery of the chase as right-arm pacer Amad Butt conceded just four runs and also picked up the wicket of Mavi to seal the win for Pakistan.

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