Bangladesh beat India and UAE beat Pakistan to reach the final of the U-19 Asia Cup – LSB

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On a slightly two-speed pitch, the Indian batsmen struggled to get going before being dismissed for 188 in 42.4 overs, with Mushir Khan (50) and Murugan Abhishek (62) doing most of the scoring.

Despite some nerves, Bangladesh got over the line very comfortably in 42.5 overs with Islam (94 off 90 balls) defending the Indian attack with an attractive innings.

However, it was Maroof who started India’s bad day with a brilliant opening spell. He took 4 for 41. The bowler found some bounce and swing up front to reduce India to 13 for 3 inside seven overs. Openers Adarsh ​​Singh, Arshin Kulkarni and skipper Uday Sahara returned without bothering the scorers much.

But Mushir and Abhishek shared an 84-run alliance for the seventh wicket to lift India from a perilous 61 for 6. They batted fluently and Mushir brought up his fifty off 59 balls with one long over. Abhishek beat Sheikh Gibbon for a huge six over long-on to reach his fifty off 64 balls.

However, both batsmen left without building further as India sank to a modest total.

In reply, Bangladesh also got off to a shaky start and were 34 for 3 from 9.4 overs. But Ariful found a capable ally in Ahrar Amin (44 off 101 balls) as the duo hammered home 138 runs in a stubborn fourth-wicket stand to peg India back.

Ariful was a bit cautious initially but once he found his range, the right-hander played some delicious shots around the park to deny the Indian bowlers for long. Bangladesh lost a few more points in the end, but that only created artificial excitement.

In the first semi-final, the UAE shocked a brilliant Pakistan by 11 points to set a date with Bangladesh in the final. UAE made 193 balls thanks to 55 off 57 balls by skipper Aayan Afzal Khan and 46 off 70 balls by opener Aryansh Sharma. They then defended the target with gusto to dismiss Pakistan to 182 with three balls to spare.

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