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PublishDate: Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:15

UAE to meet Afghanistan in final

Afghanistan, who are unbeaten in this tournament so

A cracking century from Shorye Chopra and an outstanding all-round performance from man-in-form Dan D’Souza ensured UAE cruised into the final of the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Elite Cup tournament, a qualifier for the Under-19 World Cup, in Malaysia.

In the semi-final, UAE defeated Nepal by 76 runs to set up a final against Afghanistan to be held on Saturday.

Afghanistan, who are unbeaten in this tournament so far, defeated Malaysia in the other semi-final match.

Put in to bat first, UAE had a poor start as they lost three wickets for just 32 runs with only Adnaan Khan scoring a quick 20 from 16 balls including five fours.

D’Souza, who has had a wonderful tournament so far, yet again stopped Nepal from further domination. But the day belonged to Chopra who played a critical knock that would last in his memories for some time.

Both D’Souza and Chopra shared a mammoth 171 partnership for the fourth wicket.

Chopra, in particular, played with caution but punished those loose deliveries that came his way to perfection. His 114 off 115 balls included 17 boundaries and a six.

D’Souza played the second fiddle taking a very cautious approach to score 58 runs in 105 balls with two fours.

Sajid Khan smashed a 24-ball 26 and skipper Rohit Singh hit 15 of 14 deliveries as UAE amassed 271 for seven in 50 overs.

Chasing an improbable target, Nepal lost a wicket early but Harishankar Shah steadied the innings to score a gritty 52 with Nirmal Thapa doing his best to score 23, but D’Souza bowled a fiery spell to shatter Nepal’s backbone claiming four wickets from his 10 overs.

Bhuvan Karki surged a late fight back scoring a 48-ball 41 but with a tall target to chase Nepal succumbed to 195 in 46.1 overs.

Saurabhkant Gir was the other successful bowler to take two wickets.
(Gulf Today)


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