Bangladesh emerging under-23 team shocked Pakistan Under-23 by 84 runs in their last group B league match of the ACC Emerging Players Asia Cup at the National Stadium Karachi on Sunday.

Pakistan caved in at 225 runs in 46.5 overs allowing Bangladesh have high expectations in the tournament, group A match of which are being staged in Sri Lanka. Both Pakistan and Bangladesh teams now move to the semi-finals stage for having four points each. Bangladesh recovered remarkably in the tournament after having lost its opening match to United Arab Emirates team. Hong Kong is the fourth team of the group. The day's match between Hong Kong and UAE had no result resulting in Pakistan and Bangladesh stride to the last four.  

Pakistan having rested their opener Sahibzada Farhan, who scored centuries in both the previous matches, did not yield positive outcome for the team. In their reply to Bangladesh’s 309 runs for five wickets, Pakistan lost its first wicket at 14 and second at 23. Their opener Zeeshan Malik and captain Mohammad Rizwan inched ahead with a joint score of 88 for the third wicket. The joint effort of bowler Shoriful Islam and catcher Shafiul Islam separated the two by sending Zeeshan back at 47. Three overs later, Rizwan too went back at 46. Thereafter no solid partnership could be materialized despite the gigantic effort of Khushdil Shah, who went on the score 61 runs. Saad Ali, Hussain Talat and Suleman Shafqat were the only players to reach double figures but not worth enough to save Pakistan’s blushes.

The entire bowling attack of Bangladesh did its part in their team’s win with Nayeem Hasan taking three wickets, Shafiul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain sharing two while Shoriful Islam, Tanvir Islam and Afif Hossain chipping in with one apiece. Mosaddek for his allround performance was later declared the player of the match.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Nurul Hasan judged the conditions quite well by batting first after winning the toss. It was factually seeing their team effort getting to this big win. Their batsmen had four very useful partnerships to post 309 runs. They played with an average of above 6 runs throughout the 50 overs.

Their opening wicket developed 48 runs but their second wicket stand between opener Zakir Hasan (69) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (49) took the total to 146 in 27 overs. Mosaddek, coming in the middle, put Pakistan bowlers to sword scoring 74-ball 85. Playing with a run rate of 114.86, he also hammered four shots over the ropes and three across it and remained unbeaten. His partnership with Yasir Ali (56) lifted the score to 287 and then a brief unbeaten stand with Nur fulfilled the purpose. Yasir for his part hit five fours and two sixes.

In Pakistan’s attack success glittered for Khushdil and Muhammad Musa who had three and two wickets respectively.

Now the Emerging Teams extravaganza moves to Sri Lanka where both the semi-finals and the final will be played on December 13 and 15.

Sun 9-Dec

Pakistan vs Bangladesh at NSK, Karachi
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat
Bangladesh: 309 for 5 off 50 overs (Z.Hasan 69, N.Shanto 49, M.Hossain 85*, Y.Chowdhury 56; K.Shah 3-48)
Pakistan: 225 all out off 46.5 overs (Z.Malik 47, M.Rizwan 46, K.Shah 61; N.Hasan 3-36)
Player of the Match: Mosaddek Hossain (Bangladesh)


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Filed December 9th, 2018