Tayyab Tahir’s distinctive hundred garnished Pakistan A’s march to a commanding 128-run win over India A, for a second consecutive Rising Groups Asia Cup title, right here on Sunday.
As soon as Pakistan posted a mammoth 352 for eight courtesy Tahir’s 108 off 71 balls (12x4s, 4x6s), the end result was in no actual doubt. India made a fist of it, however, ended up at 224 all out in 40 overs to endure their first defeat on this match.
From the toss, all the pieces went south for India, who requested Pakistan to bat first, a choice which was a tad puzzling, as a result of the chasing staff had misplaced eight matches within the match.
Nevertheless, Pakistan A, who fielded as many as eight gamers with worldwide expertise, was in temper to provide a return present to India A, who fielded a purely U-23 aspect with no expertise of top-flight cricket.
Pakistan went off the blocks like a supercharged automobile, scoring over six runs and the run-rate subsequently crossed the seven-runs per-over mark. Openers Saim Ayub (59 off 51 balls) and Sahibzada Farhan (65 off 62 balls) added 121 runs in simply 17.2 overs, totally utilising a contemporary floor and hardball.
Simply as Pakistan appeared to have gotten a measure of Indian bowlers, they stormed into the match. Left-arm spinner Manav Suthar took his eleventh wicket of the match when he jettisoned Ayub.
Within the subsequent 11-over passage, they gave away 66 runs however plucked 4 wickets as Pakistan slumped to 187 for five. Leg-spinner Riyan Parag too chipped in as he took two wickets in as many balls, dismissing Omair Yousuf and Qasim Akram.
Nevertheless, Tahir quelled India’s hopes of bundling out Pakistan early with an innings of uncommon high quality. Across the thirtieth over, the ball started to barely grip the floor however Tahir performed by the road, exhibiting timing and energy.
India’s success on this match was constructed round their spin troika of Suthar, Nishant Sindhu and Abhishek Sharma, however Tahir invalidated their presence with a nice array of pictures.
The suitable-hander, who made his Pakistan senior staff debut earlier this yr, performed cuts, drives, pulls and ramps at will to carry up a 66-ball 100.
He discovered an ready sidekick in Mubasir Khan whereas milking 126 runs for the sixth wicket in simply 16 overs, as they ran roughshod over Indian bowlers. The partnership additionally carried Pakistan previous 300.
India didn’t appear perturbed by the massiveness of the goal as B. Sai Sudarshan and Abhishek amassed 64 runs for the opening wicket in 8.3 overs. Pacer Arshad Iqbal broke the alliance, inducing an edge from Sudarshan for Mohammad Haris to finish a simple catch behind the stumps.
Abhishek accomplished a fifty (61, 51 balls) however as soon as he departed, the remainder of the Indian batters struggled to deal with the ever-mounting asking charge, perishing at common intervals. Chinaman bowler Sufiyan Muqeem picked up three wickets to inflict most harm.