In a thrilling climax at the Lincoln stadium it was Pakistan, who edged out India to book a semi final berth putting the defending champions out of the tournament.
IN A thrilling climax at the Lincoln stadium it was Pakistan, who edged out India to book a semi final berth putting the defending champions out of the tournament. The rain affected match was reduced to 23 over per team contest and after winning the toss captain Azeem Ghumman had no hesitation in sending India to bat.
India who finished second in their group due to the lose to England had a very ominous start to their quarter final match as both the opening batsmen Rahul Kannaur and Mayak Aggrawal where back to the pavilion in the first over itself courtesy an immaculate line and length bowled by Pakistani seamer Fayyaz Butt. Then it was upto Mandeep singh and Harpreet singh to bail out India and they did it slow and steady fashion. Mandeep’s gritty innings of 40 from 44 balls included two boundaries and along with captain Maneria’s scratchy 15 and a late outburst by Manan sharama ensured that India reach a respectable total of 114 in 23 overs. Fayyaz butt and Hasan Raza shared 7 wickets between them and kept a check on the Indian scoring rate.In reply Pakistan also suffered early set back as in form or probably the find of the tournament opener Babar Azam and his counterpart Ahmed Shehzad failed to reach double figures. A spirited first spell by the opening bowlers Sandeep Sharma and Saurabh Netravalkar ensured that the run chase will not be an easy cake walk for the Pakistani batsmen. With the demise of Captain Azeem Ghumman the scorecard read a dismal 16 for 3 in 7 overs. Though the revival process was started by Ahsan Ali and Rameez Aziz by regularly picking up singles and consolidated Pakistan’s position in the match. By the time Rameez Aziz got out surviving two dropped chances Pakistan were 80 for 5 with required rate climbing up to more than 8.Than came the big hitter Hamad Azam and the temperament shown by this lad made all the difference. His 21 of 13 included a six, high and over the midwicket fence and an unorthodox yet highly effective paddle shot high over the short fine leg fielder. Hummad then scored the winning runs in the final over bowled by Sandeep Sharma crashing the ball to the point region for 4 thereby booking a place for his team in the semi finals.