Pakistan Reaches ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup Final: Pakistan Shaheens demonstrated their prowess in the ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup semi-final by securing a convincing 60-run victory against Sri Lanka A. The highly anticipated match occurred on July 21 at the prestigious P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo. A standout performance by Arshad Iqbal, who took five wickets, earned him the title of match hero.
Despite facing initial challenges when their opener Sahibzada Farhan was dismissed early on, the Pakistan Shaheens stabilized their innings through a crucial partnership of 37 runs between Saim Ayub and Omair Bin Yousuf. The latter played exceptionally well and emerged as the top scorer, impressively amassing 88 runs off just 79 balls, which included ten boundaries and a powerful six. Supported by valuable contributions from Tayyab Tahir and skipper Mohammad Haris, the Pakistan Shaheens set a competitive total of 322 runs.
In response, Sri Lanka A exhibited resilience and fought well, primarily due to a significant 128-run partnership between Avishka Fernando and Sahan Arachchige. However, the match took a dramatic turn when Arshad Iqbal’s remarkable bowling skills came into play. He completely turned the tide in favor of the Pakistan Shaheens by claiming five crucial wickets while conceding only 37 runs, ultimately restricting Sri Lanka A to 262 runs.
With this dominant victory, the Pakistan Shaheens have secured their well-deserved spot in the final. They eagerly await the winner of the second semi-final clash between Bangladesh A and India A as they gear up to compete in the title clash scheduled for July 23. Fans can anticipate an intense and thrilling final match as the two best teams in the tournament battle it out for glory.