Singapore, Aug 25 (): India Under-23 team after defeating United Arab Emirates by 46 runs entered final of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in the semi-final here on Friday. In the other semi-finals, Pakistan under-23 beat Sri Lanka U-23.
Indian batsman Manprit Juneja (76) and opener KL Rahul (43) made 94-run stand in 155 balls for the second wicket as India U 23 reaches 208 in 49.5 overs. AL Menaria scored 30 runs. UAE bowler Nasir Aziz took five wickets in an eight-over spell.
Chasing the target of 209 runs, opener Amjad khan was caught by Aparajith off Sandeep Sharma for 8 in the 5th over. Shaiman Anwar and SP Patil made 89 partnership for the second wicket. In the 25th over both batsmen were stumped by SK Patel off AR Patel, as the Indians took upper hand. The wickets tumbled out at regular intervals as UAE was allout for 162 in 48.3 overs. AR Patel finished with four wickets for 29 runs, while off spinner Baba Aparajith and Sandeep picked up two wickets each.
In the other match Pakistan under-23 team beat the Sri Lankan under-23 team by one wicket. Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first reached a competitive 230 for the loss of seven wickets. Sri Lankan opener, MDUS Jayasundera made scored 94. Chasing the target of 231 to win, skipper Hammad Azam Played a captains knock as he scored a fighting 66 with 2 fours and 3 sixes.
In finals, India U23 will clash with Pakistan U23 on Aug 25.
India U23 Team: Surya Kumar Yadav (Captain), K.L. Rahul (Vice-captain), Kaustubh Pawar, Ankit Bawane, Unmukt Chand, Ashok Menaria, Manpreet Juneja, Smit Patel, Prashant Chopra, Jasprit Bumrah, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, B. Aparajith.
Pakistan U23 Team: Hammad Azam (capt), Umar Waheed, Babar Azam, Ehsan Adil, Raza Hasan, Umer Siddique, Usman Qadir, Usman Salahuddin, Muhammad Waqas, Bilawal Bhatti, Ruman Rais, Azeem Ghumman, Muhammad Rizwan (wk), Nasir Malik, Muhammad Nawaz. Reserve players: Taimoor Ali, Mir Hamza, Jamal Anwar, Shahzaib Ahmed Khan and Zeeshan Ali Ashraf.