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Pakistan Shaheens Win Emerging Asia Cup by Thrashing India A in Final

Date: July 23, 2023

In a thrilling final match played in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, Pakistan Shaheens emerged victorious by defeating India A by a massive 128-run margin to clinch the Emerging Asia Cup.

Batting first, Pakistan A set a challenging target of 353 runs on a good batting surface. Middle-order batsman Tayyab Tahir played a scintillating inning, smashing a brilliant century, scoring 108 runs off just 71 balls with an impressive strike rate of 152.11. Openers Sahibzada Farhan (65 off 62) and Saim Ayub (59 off 51) also contributed with fifties, putting up a solid opening stand of 121 runs. However, India A bowlers struck back with quick wickets in the middle overs.

In reply, India A struggled to chase the target and were bowled out for 224 runs in 40 overs. Spinner Sufiyan Muqeem wreaked havoc for the Men in Blue, taking three crucial wickets, including opener Abhishek Sharma, who top-scored with 61 runs. Pakistan bowlers Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Wasim, and Arshad Iqbal claimed two wickets each, making it a comprehensive victory for Pakistan Shaheens.

Pakistan’s all-round performance and dominant display with both bat and ball sealed their win, securing the Emerging Asia Cup title in a convincing manner.

The win marked a historic moment for Pakistan, breaking a 37-year drought in the Emerging Asia Cup, and the team’s impressive performance showcased their potential and talent on the international stage.

Captain Babar Azam’s inspiring visit to the Pakistan Shaheens ahead of the final further motivated the young players, giving them the much-needed boost of confidence for the high-stakes encounter against India A.

The victory celebration was filled with jubilation and pride, as Pakistan Shaheens brought home the prestigious title, cementing their position as a formidable force in the world of cricket.

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