In a stunning display of skill and determination, Pakistan A, led by Mohammad Haris, secured a 128-run victory over India A in the ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 final at Colombo.
Tayyab Tahir’s brilliant century powered Pakistan A to an imposing total against India A, while rookie spinner Sufiyan Muqeem wreaked havoc on their batting lineup.
In a viral video reflecting on his team’s title-winning campaign, Mohammad Haris dismissed claims that Pakistan had fielded a more experienced side compared to India.
He said “According to Indians, Pakistan sent a senior-laden team. We did not request that they send small kids to the tournament. They claim that our squad had international experience. But how many international matches have we played? Saim has played five games, while I have played six. Those Indian players have played 260 IPL games and IPL is not a small league.”
India A, captained by Yash Dhull, boasted several rising stars from the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, including Gujarat Titans’ Sai Sudharsan and Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder Riyan Parag, giving them the appearance of a title-winning team on paper. However, the young Indian side was outplayed by a Pakistan A team strengthened by international cricketers.
The Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 final saw India restricted to 224 in 40 overs while chasing Pakistan’s colossal total of 352 runs in Colombo. Abhishek Sharma’s brilliant 61 off 51 balls couldn’t save India A as they fell short.
Sufiyan Muqeem played a pivotal role in dismantling India A’s batting lineup by claiming crucial wickets in the high-scoring final. Tayyab Tahir’s century earned him the Player of the Match award, while India’s Nishant Sindhu was honored with the Player of the Tournament award.