Pakistan Emerging Team have set Bangladesh Emerging Team a target of 302 in the final of the ACC Emerging Asia Cup at Mirpur.
Batting first, Pakistan managed to score 301-6, courtesy of a late flourish from the Pakistan batsmen. Rohail Nazir scored 113 for Pakistan with Imran Rafiq scoring 62, whereas Sumon Khan picked up three wickets for Bangladesh.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Nazmul Hossain Shanto invited the Pakistan Emerging Team to bat first.
The decision looked right as Sumon Khan removed Pakistan opener Omair Yousuf in the sixth over for four. Sumon struck again in the eighth over to remove the other opener, Haider Ali for 26. But Rohail Nazir and Imran Rafiq put up a strong stand of 117 runs to ensure that they came out of the loss and were on the way to post a strong total. Imran was finally sent back by Mahedi Hasan as he was caught by Soumya Sarkar on 62.
Yet Rohail did not flinch and continued on his merry way to pick up his hundred. He, along with his skipper Saud Shakeel, started accelerating after the 35th over. But Hasan struck in the 45th over to trap the centurion Rohail LBW for 113 and broke the 85-run stand. Rohail tried to slog a slower from Hasan but missed it altogether to see himself go back to the pavilion.
Khushdil Shah came in at No.6 and started blasting all over the park, but gave an opportunity in the first delivery of the 49th over as he skied a delivery from Hasan. But Yasir Ali Chowdhury at mid-off dropped a dolly as he misjudged the flight of the ball. But his luck ran out the very next ball as he was caught by skipper Nazmul at extra cover for 27.
Yasir managed to miss another dolly in the final over to make his count of missed catches three. There was an opportunity for a run out in the same delivery, but keeper Zakir Hasan managed to break the stumps without grabbing the ball as skipper Saud had another life. Saud was eventually out in the same over as he was caught at short third man by Tanvir for 42.
Still, Pakistan managed to end on 301 as Amad Butt hit a cameo of 15 runs from seven deliveries.
Sumon Khan picked up three wickets for Bangladesh Emerging but was expensive as he cost 75 runs. Hasan Mahmud picked up a couple of wickets for 52 runs with the other wicket going to Mahedi Hasan. Soumya Sarkar was also expensive as he went wicketless for 75 runs.