India A will face arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan A in the finals of Emerging Asia Cup 2023 to be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 23 July 2023.
Pakistan A produced a dominating performance to defeat Sri Lanka A by 60 runs. After opting to bat first, Pakistan A was bowled out for 322 and then skittled out the hosts cheaply after Avishka Fernando and Sahan Arachigage 97 each respectively. Arshad Iqbal was the pick of bowlers with 5 for 37.
On the other hand, India A registered a stunning comeback win over Bangladesh A in the second semi-finals. After being asked to bat first, India A batters struggled before captain Yash Dhull along with Manav Suthar and Rajvardhan Hangekakar put on valuable runs.
In reply, Bangladesh A openers Naim Islam and Tanzid provided a flying start putting on 70 runs for the opening wicket before Manav Suthar and Nishant Sindhu wreaked havoc to create a collapse and win the match by 51 runs. Yuvraj Singh and Abhishek Sharma picked 1 wicket.
Details– Emerging Asia Cup Finals, India versus Pakistan
Venue– R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date and Time– 23 July, 2.00 PM
The pitch at R Premadasa Stadium gives assistance to the spinners like in the previous match against India A and Bangladesh A. It was a brilliant performance by both India A and Bangladesh A spinners.
Thanks to Yash Dhull’s brilliance, India A posted 211 in 49.1 overs. Manav Suthar and Nishant Sindhu put on an excellent display of bowling picking up 8 wickets between them to skittle them out for 160 giving India A 51 runs win.
India A is likely to go with the same squad for the finals. This was the first time that India A was tested against top-quality Bangladesh A spinners.
Pakistan A vs India A – Predicted Playing XI
Abhishek Sharma, Sai Sudharsan, Nikin Jose, Yash Dhull (C), Nishant Sindhu, Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Harshit Rana, Manav Suthar, Rajvardhan Hangekakar, Yuvraj Singh
Saim Ayub, Sahibzada Farhan, Omair Yousuf, Tayyab Tahir, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Haris (C), Mubasir Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Wasim, Sufiyan Muqeem, Arshad Iqbal.
Team 1 – Yash Dhull, Abhishek Sharma, Saim Ayub, Nikin Jose, Tayyab Tahir, Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Manav Suthar, Mohammad Wasim, Qasim Akram, Sufiyan Muqeem.
Team 2 – Sai Sudharsan, Sahibzada Farhan, Omair Yousuf, Tayyab Tahir, Harshit Rana, Manav Suthar, Amad Butt, Nishant Sindhu, Arshad Iqbal, Yuvraj Singh.