Thatscricket - News - India lift ACC U-17 Asia Cup

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Dhaka: India's frontline batsmen demolished Bangladesh's bowling attack to effect a six-wicket victory and lift the ACC under-17 Cricket Asia Cup here on Saturday. Opting to bat after winning the toss, Bangladesh made 225 for 6 in the allotted 45 overs, and in reply India scored 228 for 4 in 43.1 overs.India Openers S M Dholpure and skipper P A Patel blasted the Bangladesh attack as they put up 97 runs in 17.3 overs for the first wicket to put their team on the road to victory.Dholpure's quick fire 50 came off 59 balls and was studded with one six and six boundaries. He was first to go after being run out. Seven runs later Patel also went back after hitting 40 runs (5x4, 48b). Then a 93-run third wicket stand between D A Chowgule and "Man-of-the-Match" M Mishra virtually sealed the match in favour of India.Chowgule contributed 46 runs (7x4, 66b) before he was caught by Shafiul Alam off his own bowling. The score at his departure was 190 for 3. Mishra and A S K Verma added 23 runs for the fourth wicket before Mishra was sent back to pavilion by Bin Mortaza who had him caught by Nafeez Iqbal. The batsman made 51 (1x6, 5x4, 61b).Verma's 21(1x6, 2x4, 26b) and S T Binny's 5(1x4, 3b) saw India through as they raced past the victory target with former hitting the winning shot off Mohammad Sharif.Earlier, Bangladesh openers Zahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful gave their side a sedate start as they put up 32 runs in 10.3 overs before Islam was caught by Rawat off Shankara Rao. For the hosts, only two batsmen -Mohammad Ashraful and Hasibul Haq-put up spirited resistance against the Indian bowlers. Ashraful top scored with 89(11x4, 85b) and Haq remained unbeaten with 52 (2x4, 87b). They were involved in a 88-run third wicket partnership. Three of the six Bangladesh batsmen were run out in their bid to accelerate the run rate. Rawat, Shankara Rao and M Mishra took a wicket each.India had beaten Pakistan while Bangladesh had shocked defending champion Sri Lanka on their way to the final. UNI

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