SRI LANKA v BANGLADESH
Toss: Bangladesh won the toss, opted to bat
Sri Lanka defeated the hosts Bangladesh comprehensively by 8 wickets with almost 11 overs to spare to get into the finals of ACC’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. Sri Lankan Captain Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka scored unbeaten 88 and 83 respectively to take their side home comfortably here in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. They also hold the record for highest partnership for any wicket (165*) in this tournament by virtue of this knock. Bangladeshi bowlers dismissed other two batsmen Ron Chandraguptha (0) and Shehan Jayasuriya (6) cheaply.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, Bangladesh were left speechless by a fiery spell from Asitha Fernando where he picked up a hat-trick in the 7th over of the match. Bangladesh Captain Monimul Haque, Afif Hossain and Hossain Shanto were his victims. Nasir Hossain (39) and Shaid Uddin (37) consolidated the innings which helped Bangladesh post 179 on board.
Pakistan on the other hand, defeated Afghanistan to clash with Sri Lanka in the final. The final will be held in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong and this day/night affair will be telecasted live.
Ban - 179/10 in 49.3 overs (N Hossain 39, A Fernando 4/32) lost to
SL - 180/2 in 38.5 overs (S Samarawickrama 88*, C Asalanka 83*) by 8 wickets
Man of the Match – Asitha Fernando (Sri Lanka)
PAKISTAN v AFGHANISTAN
Toss: Afghanistan won the toss, opted to bowl first
Pakistan thrashed Afghanistan by 123 runs in another one sided affair of the day to book a spot in the finals of the ACC’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017 here in MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong. Pakistani Skipper Mohammad Rizwan led from the front and scored a magnificent century (105 runs off 99 balls) to take his side home against the in-form Afghanistan, who caused an upset over India to reach this stage. Harris Sohail (68) and Hussain Talat (37) made useful contributions to help Pakistan reach 267 runs in 50 overs for the loss of 5 wickets.
Afghanistan lost both their openers for single digit scores and never recovered back to put any kind of pressure on Pakistani bowlers. Najib Zadran’s 31 is the top score for Afghanistan which actually sums up the performance of Afghanistan team’s in the semi finals. Bilal Asif picked up a fifer (5-40) which sinked Afghanistan for 144 as they managed to bat just 31.4 overs.
Sri Lanka on the other hand, defeated Bangladesh to clash with Pakistan in the final. The final will be held in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong and this day/night affair will be telecasted live.
Pak - 267/5 in 50 overs (M Rizwan 105*, G Naib 3/51) defeated
Afg - 144/10 in 31.4 overs (N Zadran 31, B Asif 5/40) by 123 runs
Man of the Match: Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
Filed April 1st, 2017