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Hammad Azam. -File photo
Hammad Azam. -File photo

SINGAPORE: Skipper Hammad Azam led Pakistan’s U-23 team from the front and helped his team overcome Sri Lanka by one wicket in a thrilling semi-final of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup at the Padang ground here on Friday.

Pakistan U-23s will face their arch-rivals India in the final on Sunday. India defeated the UAE by 46 runs at Singapore’s Kallang Ground in Friday’s other semi-final.

All-rounder Hammad (66 not out) batting at No.7 was assisted well by an intelligent last man pacer Ehsan Adil (2 not out off 14 balls) which helped the duo produce a match-winning 36 runs in their partnership. Pakistan, at 196-9, were looking set to lose the game while chasing 231 for victory. Hammad had come in to bat as Pakistan slumped to 118-5 in the 29th over.

The 22-year-old Hammad lifted medium-pace bowler Lahiru Jayaratne for a six on the penultimate delivery of the 49th over to complete an exciting match in Pakistan’s favour. Hammad consumed 69 balls and struck three sixes and a couple of fours during his solid knock that also earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Earlier electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted a decent total of 230-7 off their 50 overs. Left-handed opener Udara Jayasundera made a magnificent 94 (off 120 balls) studded with nine fours and a six. His opening partner Shehan Jayasuriya (33 off 45 balls) was the only other notable scorer in the Sri Lankan innings. The openers gave their team a solid 81-run start but the remaining batsmen could not capitalise on the sound beginning. Charith Jayampathi (22 not out off 11 balls) batting at number eight helped the Lankans reach a respectable total.

Leg-spinner Usman Qadir claimed five wickets for 32 runs off his 10 tight overs.—Agencies

Comments (10) Closed

Shafi Aug 24, 2013 01:45pm

Why so late news!! Is there any idea which channel will telecast the final?

Ahmer Aug 25, 2013 12:39am

Winning the match tomorrow is an absolute must. The country needs a good news against India.

Shafi Aug 25, 2013 07:39am

Batting looks pathetic!!!! There is no single batsman do have potential to make it Pakistan national side. We need batting coach.

Gaurav Aug 25, 2013 12:13pm

India winning ! jai Ho

Gaurav Aug 25, 2013 12:42pm

Pakistan Under-23s 159 (47 ov) all out

India Under-23s 160/1 (33.4 ov)

India Under-23s won by 9 wickets (with 98 balls remaining)

allaisa Aug 25, 2013 01:59pm

@Shafi: It is done and dusted. India beat Pakistan. Pakistan 159, India 160/1.

amit Aug 25, 2013 06:58pm

looks like DAWN still waiting for a call from OBAMA to get to know that pakistan lost the final by 9 wickets. hahahahahah. INDIA have become unbeatable team in all formats.

Dinesh Aug 26, 2013 01:43am

Sigh...its getting so boring. India beating Pakistan is so routine now...its almost a foregone conclusion & there's no charm left in these encounters coz everyone already knows the result.

raam Aug 26, 2013 07:34am

You people lost the final. Dawn is too slow to publish this news

ramesh Aug 26, 2013 11:19am

@Ahmer:sorry ur wish dint came true