India A vs Pakistan A ACC Emerging Asia Cup Final 2023 Preview

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The 2023 ACC Emerging Asia Cup final will see two of the biggest rivals on the field, India and Pakistan. Both India A and Pakistan A made it to the final by beating Bangladesh A and Sri Lanka A. The tournament’s final will be played on Sunday (July 23) at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It will be a day-night affair, starting at 2:00 PM local time.

India A’s Road to Final in ACC Emerging Asia Cup Final 2023

India A started their campaign with a win against UAE by 8 wickets while chasing a small total of 176. H Rana led the bowling attack and took 4 wickets. Captain Yash Dhull’s classy hundred made sure that India A gets home easily.

Then, they beat Nepal in the 2nd group stage game by 9 wickets. After restricting the opposition to just 167, the opening partnership between Sai Sudharsan and Abhishek Sharma helps the team to get over the line in just 22.1 overs. The latter scored 87 not out and becomes the man of the match as well.

Previous clash between India A and Pakistan A

We have already seen the clash between India A and Pakistan A in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup 2023. RS Hangargekar runs through the Pakistan A batting order. He took 5 wickets in the inning and Pakistan only managed to score 205.

Sai Sudharsan, who does well in IPL 2023 and in TNPL 2023, showed his class here as well and scored an outstanding 104 off 110 balls with 10 fours and 3 sixes. India won the game in 36.4 overs with 8 wickets left.

 Now, both teams will play in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final in 2023.

India made a comeback against Bangladesh

India A just managed to score 211 in the first inning in the semi-final against Bangladesh. Thanks to Captain Yash Dhull’s gutsy knock of 66 off 85 balls with 6 fours.

At one stage, Bangladesh A openers, M Naim and T Hasan added 70 runs for the first wicket. But the spinners came in the middle overs and took the game away from the opposition. N Sindhu and Manav Suthar took 5 and 3 wickets respectively. Y Dodiya and Abhishek Sharma also took one wicket each. Bangladesh A bundled out for 160 and India A reached the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final.

Pakistan A’s Road to Final in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup Final 2023

Pakistan A won their first two games against Nepal and UAE by 4 wickets and 184 runs respectively. While chasing a small total of 180 against Nepal, they escaped the fear of losing and got over the line.

Against UAE, a collective batting effort helps the team to put in a big total of 309 in the first inning. Qasim Akram’s 6-fer made sure UAE didn’t even get close to the target.

They already booked their seat for the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final 2023. But they lost their only game against their arch-rivals India A.

By beating Sri Lanka A in the semi-final, they advanced to the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final. After scoring 322 runs in the first inning, they restrict the opposition to 262.

Now it will be interesting to see who will come out well in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final 2023.

Players to watch out for in the final

India A

Captain Yash Dhull and Sai Sudharsan will be the ones to watch out for in the final. Both are very good players and in very good form.

As far as bowling is concerned, the spinners will play the major role as the top 2 wicket takers in the tournament are spinners. In fact, both are Indian, N Sindhu with 10 wickets and Manav Suthar with 9 wickets.

Pakistan A

Omair Yousuf has been playing well and is the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in the tournament so far. Also, M Harris is known for his ability as some fans compare him with Suryakumar Yadav. Both will be key for Pakistan in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final 2023.

Qasim Akram just came in with a good performance in the semis. He will look to continue his work in the final.

Expected Playing XI

Both teams will look to go with the winning combination.

India A

Sai Sudharsan, Abhishek Sharma, N Jose, Y Dhull (c), N Sindhu, R Parag, D Jurel (wk), H Rana, Manav Suthar, RS Hangargekar, Y Dodiya

Pakistan A

S Ayub, S Farhan, Omair Yousuf, T Tahir, Qasim Akram, M Harris (c) and (wk), M Khan, Amad Butt, M Wasim Jr, S Muqeem, Arshad Iqbal

Pitch Conditions

The pitch is generally expected to play on the slower side. But we have seen some high-scoring games on this ground in the tournament. So we can expect a good batting wicket for the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final 2023.

Conclusion

Let’s see who will win the title this time around. Both the teams have some very good match winners. In fact, Pakistan A has some internationally experienced players as well.

What are your predictions for the final? Who will win the trophy? Comment your predictions below. Thank you for reading. Keep following us for the latest updates.

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