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Pakistan beat Bangladesh to win Emerging Teams Asia Cup

The Men in Green posted 301 for 6 at the end of their allotted 50 overs

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Pakistan have won for the 2019 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup after beating Bangladesh by 77 runs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday.

After Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first, the Men in Green posted 301 for 6 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.

Pakistan didn’t have a great start as they lost the top-scorer from the semi-final Omair bin Yousaf with only 18 runs on the board.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir took charge of the innings and scored a brilliant century which helped Pakistan in giving a substantial target to Bangladesh.

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Nazir’s 113-run knock from 111 balls included 12 fours and three sixes.

Saud Shakeel played a captain’s innings and contributed a quick-fire 42 off 40 balls to help his side reach 301 for six in 50 overs.

For Bangladesh, Sumon Khan picked three wickets for 75 runs, while Hasan Mahmud grabbed two wickets.

Chasing 302, Bangladesh were never in the hunt and were bundled out for 224 in 43.3 overs.

Afif Hossain coming to bat at number five, top-scored with a 53-ball 49, hitting four fours and a six. The home team captain Nazmul Hossain’s innings of 46 off 53 balls, and Mahedi Hasan's 42 off 45 balls went in vain.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Hasnain took three wickets for 32 runs in 8.3 overs. Khushdil Shah and Saif Badar chipped in with two wickets apiece for 39 and 27 runs, respectively.

Wicket-Keeper batsman Rohail Nazir for his century was named the player of the final.