India A displayed a remarkable comeback in the Men’s Emerging Asia Cup 2023 as they stormed into the final with an impressive bowling display against Bangladesh A. After being bowled out for 211, India A found themselves in a challenging position when Bangladesh A started their chase strongly at 70/0. However, a stunning turnaround saw Nishant Sindhu’s five-wicket haul help India A skittle Bangladesh A for 160 in 34.2 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The match witnessed a fiery clash between the two neighboring teams, and Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal became a subject of contention. Sarkar was dismissed for just 5 runs, courtesy of an excellent catch by Nikin Jose off Yuvrajsinh Dodiya’s bowling. After his dismissal, Sarkar and India pacer Harshit Rana exchanged words, with Rana heard saying, “I am just celebrating.”
Sarkar seemed displeased with the celebration that followed his dismissal, adding further intensity to the contest. He was the fifth wicket to fall, leaving Bangladesh in deep trouble at 131/5. Earlier in the match, India A struggled while batting first, but captain Yash Dhull’s fighting half-century helped them reach a total of 211-all out in 49.1 overs.
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During their innings, India A found themselves struggling at 137/7, but Yash Dhull found a partner in Manav Suthar, and the duo added 41 runs for the eighth wicket. The partnership ended with Suthar’s run-out, and a brief cameo from Rajvardhan Hangargekar (15 off 12) further contributed to India A’s total. Dhull played a captain’s knock and was the last man to be dismissed, scoring 66 runs.
India A’s remarkable turnaround sets up a thrilling title clash against Pakistan A on Sunday afternoon at the same venue. The two teams had previously met in the final group B match, where India A emerged victorious with a dominant eight-wicket win. The final promises to be an exciting contest between the neighboring rivals for the Emerging Asia Cup title.