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U-19 Asia Cup: Azaan Owais scores a ton as Pakistan beats India by 8 wickets – Magazine Creations

Pakistan capitalized on Azaan Owais’ brilliant unbeaten century to beat arch-rival India by eight wickets in the ongoing U-19 Asia Cup on Sunday.

Batting first, India Under-19s posted a competitive total of 259/9 in their allotted 50 overs. The Indian innings was bolstered by significant contributions from Adarsh ​​Singh (62 off 81) and Uday Sahara (60 off 98), who laid a solid foundation. Sahara’s captaincy knock was a combination of flexibility and technique, stabilizing the innings after the early loss of Arshin Atul Kulkarni (24 off 24). The real impetus came from Sachin Das, who scored a quick 58 off just 42 balls, propelling India to a difficult score.

Pakistan U19’s bowling attack, led by Mohammad Zeeshan with an impressive haul of 4/46, continued to decimate the Indian batting line-up. Zeeshan’s spell, characterized by disciplined line and length, was pivotal in restricting India below the 260 mark.

Chasing 260, Pakistan Under-19s’ innings was anchored by a brilliant century from Azaan Owais, who was not out on 105 off 130 balls. His innings, studded with 10 boundaries, was a masterclass in chasing a big total. Shahzeb Khan (63 off 88) and Saad Baig (68* off 51) provided ample support, ensuring Pakistan’s chase never lost momentum.

The Indian bowling, despite early success by Murugan Abhishek (2/55), struggled to make further progress. Pakistan took advantage, with Azaan Owais and Saad Baig putting together an unbeaten 125-run partnership for the third wicket. Baig’s explosive batting in the latter part of the innings, which included 8 boundaries and a six, decisively turned the match in Pakistan’s favour.

The biggest name in the U-19 squad – Sarfaraz Khan’s younger brother, Mushir (2) was unable to repeat the opening match performance.

India will play their final league match on Tuesday against Nepal and need to win it in order to qualify for the semi-finals while Pakistan, who have two wins from two matches, will have to lose by a wide margin to Afghanistan in order to qualify.

It shouldn’t be a problem for the Indian Colts as Nepal are not the toughest team to beat, having already lost their two encounters.

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Published: 10 December 2023 07:56 PM IST

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