After 15 matches, 5834 runs, 7777 balls, 230 wickets, 513 fours and 95 sixes, Sri Lanka were crowned as the champions of Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets thanks to Shehan Jayasuriya’s superb exhibition of spin bowling (3/22) and Sadeera Samarawickrama’s free flowing knock (42-ball 45). Let’s look back and rekindle memories of the past 8 days.
Best Match of the Tournament:
It’s a no brainer to predict the best match of the tournament as we witnessed one tie match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Needing 7 runs to win the match in the final over with 2 wickets in hand, either team couldn’t grab the chances that came their way and eventually ended the match in a thrilling tie. Special credits should be given to Afghanistan team for the way they came out and defeated the pre tournament favorites India. They were also rewarded with a spot in the semi finals and one should accept that it is a big step forward in their development process.
|Bangladesh v Pakistan|
Best XI of the Tournament:
Imam ul Haq (Batsman, Pakistan)
The 21-year-old opening batsman from Pakistan set the tournament on fire with 2 back to back centuries against Nepal and Hong Kong. However, his unavailability in the knockout games was felt by Pakistan as they didn’t get good starts in both those matches.
Stats: 238 runs in 3 matches
Sadeera Samarawickrama (Batsman, Sri Lanka)
Sadeera Samarawickrama, the right handed opener from Sri Lanka provided the perfect starts for his team in almost all the matches. The fact that he didn’t hit a single six but scored at a Strike Rate of 97.24 speaks volumes about his stroke play.
Stats: 282 runs in 5 matches
|Sri Lanka's Sadeera Samarawickrama|
Baba Aparajith (Batsman, India)
The Indian Skipper might not have enjoyed the best of performance from his team, but he was sensational in the knock against SriLanka, where he scored a century in the scorching heat which prevented him from participating in the next game.
Stats: 138 runs in 2 matches
Charith Asalanka (Batsman, Sri Lanka)
The Man of the Series award winner is the biggest find of the tournament, as he amassed 338 runs in 5 matches at an average of 84.5. He was the pillar in Sri Lanka’s victorious campaign.
Stats: 338 runs in 5 matches
Munir Ahmed (Wicket Keeping Batsman, Afghanistan)
Afghanistan’s Munir Ahmed was brilliant behind the timber in this tournament. He also scored a blistering 90 against Malaysia to help his team post a good score on board, which helped his team to beat the opposition by 155 runs.
Stats: 142 runs from 4 matches
Nasir Hossain (All rounder, Bangladesh)
The Bangladeshi batting all rounder was at his brilliant best against Nepal scoring an unbeaten 109 when most of his top order batsmen found difficult to negotiate Nepal’s bowlers. He was also an useful off-spinning option for his captain
Stats: 154 runs and 3 wickets in 4 matches
|Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain|
Gyanendra Malla (All rounder, Nepal)
It would be an understatement to say that Gyanendra Malla led his team from the front in Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2017. He opened the batting for his team and scored a 82-ball 70 which helped his team to post their only victory in the tournament.
Stats: 72 runs and 5 wickets in 3 matches
Derek Michael Duraisingam (Bowler, Malaysia)
The 25 year old right arm medium pacer was the biggest takeaway for Malaysia in this edition of Emerging Teams Asia Cup. He picked up a 3w and 4w haul against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Stats: 7 wickets in 3 matches
Amila Aponsu (Bowler, Sri Lanka)
The slow left arm orthodox of Amila Aponsu made all the batsmen to dance to his tunes in this tournament. His economy rate of 3.34 is usually unheard of in the modern era limited overs cricket. He finished as the second leading wicket taker in this tournament.
Stats: 12 wickets in 5 matches
Naveen ul Haq (Bowler, Afghanistan)
The 17 year old pace sensation from Afghanistan showed glimpses of his talent in this tournament as he picked up a 4w haul against the mighty Indian batting line up which helped his side cause an upset over India.
Stats: 9 wickets in 4 matches
Osama Mir (Bowler, Pakistan)
The 21 year old tall leg break bowler Osama Mir showed his mettle in this tournament by picking up 13 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 10.23. He is a proven performer and don’t be surprised if you see him in the senior national squad soon.
Stats: 13 wickets in 5 matches
Filed April 5th, 2017