It seems Pakistan’s Under-23 team also comes under pressure of India in big tournaments just like the international team. That’s why India trounced the green shirts by 9 wickets in the final of Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup 2013.

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The only sense of an edge Pakistan felt throughout the match played in the Singapore’s Kallang Ground was perhaps the toss. Then there was nothing left for them. Everything belonged to India. Just like Pakistan’s ODI team, it was the batting department that sank the U-23 side as the whole team was bowled out on 159 in 47 overs. Only Umar Waheed (41) and Usman Qadir (33) showed some resistance.

Pakistan’s start was not that bad as the end turned out to be. They were 95 for 3 when Waheed departed. And then the team collapsed like a house of cards. Captain Hammad Azam was dismissed in the next over and as the scored reached 107, the team had lost Mohammad Waqas, Raza Hassan, Bilawal Bhatti and Mohammad Nawaz. They were 107 for 9. The situation could have been much worse had Usman Qadir and Ehsan Adil not added 52 runs for the last wicket.

India’s Baba Aparajith was the leading wicket taker with three wickets, whereas Sandeep Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav took two wickets apiece, and Sandeep Warrier and Ankit Bawne dismissed two batsmen.

After a poor show in the first innings, Pakistan now needed to tackle the tournament’s strongest batting line-up. But Pakistani bowlers soon realised they were up against a brick wall. Unmukt Chand’s wicket on 28 was the only loss suffered by India and they chased a small target of 160 runs in the 34th over. Lokesh Rahul and Manprit Juneja played unbeaten innings of 93 and 51.

India’s only dismissed wicket was taken by Raza Hassan.

Batting remained Pakistan’s Achilles heel throughout the tournament. Pakistan would have been out of the event in the semi-finals had Hammad Azam not played an outstanding knock.
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