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Zol, Samson star in Asia Cup victory

Kamran Ghulam and Sami Aslam wage lone battle for Pakistan Under-19 as India Under-19 win by 40 runs

Zol, Samson star in Asia Cup victory  - Cricket News
Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson got together in the 13th over and shared a stand worth 180 runs for the third wicket.

Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson scored centuries as India Under-19 beat Pakistan Under-19 by 40 runs in the Under-19 Asia Cup final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (January 4). Chasing India’s 314 for 8, Pakistan made 274 for 9, with Kamran Ghulam notching an unbeaten 102.

Asked to bat first, India got off to a flying start as Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar put on 65 runs for the opening wicket in just 6.5 overs. Herwadkar’s contribution in the partnership was only 12 when he pulled a short delivery from Zia-ul-Haq to be caught by Mohammed Umair, the debutant, at midwicket.

Bains followed soon after that, stumped off Karamat Ali, the legspinner who was the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. Bains’ 34-ball 47 consisted of seven fours and a six.

Zol, the captain, and Samson got together in the 13th over and shared a stand worth 180 runs for the third wicket, as India, the world champions, set the stage for winning yet another trophy.

“(Samson) has been a great mate of mine, and that partnership we had today had been expected throughout the tournament,” said Zol, who was the Man of the Match.

Zol, who was dropped once on 33, finally was out in the 42nd over to Karamat, and Samson fell soon after. Both Zol and Samson made identical scores of 100 though Samson’s was more attacking, and came off just 87 balls.

Wickets fell regularly after that but India was well on course for a 300-plus score.

In its reply, Pakistan’s top order could not stitch long partnerships. Sami Aslam, the captain and opener, watched from one end while wickets fell.

With the score reading 88 for 4, Aslam and Ghulam got together to bring Pakistan back into the game with a 93-run stand. However, Aslam was caught and bowled off Aamir Gani and after that Ghulam waged a lone battle.

Salman Saeed, despite a heavily strapped hand and the match lost, came out to bat at No.11 and survived for 10 balls as Ghulam registered his hundred.

The win meant India avenged its two-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the pool stage four days earlier.

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