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Pakistan U19 Thrash India by Eight Wickets in Asia Cup Clash

Pakistan U19 team produced a clinical performance to beat India by eight wickets in the fifth match of the ACC Under-19s Asia Cup at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai on Sunday.

Chasing a challenging target of 260, Pakistan U19 reached the destination with 18 balls to spare, thanks to a brilliant unbeaten century by Azan Awais and a solid half-century by Shahzaib Khan.

The duo added 110 runs for the second wicket after opener Shamyl Hussain was dismissed for 8 in the fifth over.

Azan played a mature knock of 105 not out off 130 balls, hitting 10 fours, while Shahzaib scored 63 off 88 balls, with four boundaries and a three sixes.

The partnership was broken by Murugan Abhishek, who trapped Shahzaib Khan with his off spin in the 28th over.

However, there was no respite for the Indian bowlers as captain Saad Baig joined Azan and the pair added an unbroken 125-run stand for the third wicket.

Saad remained unbeaten on 68 off 51 balls, with eight fours and a six, while Azan hit the winning boundary in the 47th over.

Earlier, Pakistan U19 captain Saad Baig won the toss and opted to field first, hoping to exploit the early morning conditions.

His decision paid off as his bowlers reduced India to 46 for 2 in the first 12 overs.

Amir Hassan and Mohammad Zeeshan struck early to remove Arshin Kulkarni and Rudra Patel for 24 and 1 respectively.

However, India U19 recovered well as opener Adarsh Singh and skipper Uday Saharan stitched a 93-run partnership for the third wicket.

Adarsh was the aggressor in the stand, scoring 62 off 81 balls, with four boundaries and a six, while Uday played the anchor role, scoring 60 off 98 balls, with five fours.

The partnership was broken by Arafat Minhas, who had Adarsh caught by Saad in the 32nd over.

India U19 then lost two quick wickets as Musheer Khan and Aravelly Avanish fell cheaply to Zeeshan and Amir Hassan respectively.

At 158 for 5 in the 37th over, India U19 were in trouble, but Uday found an able partner in Sachin Dhas, who played a cameo of 58 off 32 balls, with two fours and three sixes.

The duo added 42 runs for the sixth wicket before Uday Saharan was dismissed by Ubaid Shah in the 43rd over.

Sachin then took charge and smashed the Pakistan U19 bowlers all around the park, adding 58 runs off 42 balls and Saumy Pandey scored 8 runs off 7 balls.

Sachin was eventually taken by Mohammad Zeeshan in the final over, but not before taking India U19 to a respectable total of 259 for 8 in 50 overs.

Zeeshan was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan U19, taking 4 for 46 in 10 overs, while Amir and Ubaid claimed two wickets each.

Pakistan U19 have now won three out of their four matches in the Asia Cup, while India U19 have lost two out of their three games.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played on December 15.

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