Singapore, Aug 25: Opener KL Rahul hit an unbeaten 93 to power India Under-23 to a commanding nine-wicket victory over Pakistan Under-23 in the final of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup here on Sunday.
It was expected to be a close contest between the arch rivals. But, it turned out to be a lopsided affair once Pakistan were skittled out for 159 in 47 overs at the Kallang Ground. In the chase, India romped home in 33.4 overs for the loss of Unmukt Chand (15).
Rahul was superb with the bat as he scored 93 not out off 107 balls with the help of 11 fours and 1 six. Manprit Juneja too struck a half century, remaining unbeaten on 51 off 77 with three boundaries and a six.
Earlier, Baba Aparajith took three wickets while captain Suryakumar Yadav and Sandeep Sharma had two apiece in a fine show of bowling by India.
India won both their matches in the tournament against Pakistan. In the league stage too, they had beaten them.
Pakistan Under-23 159 all out in 47 overs (Umar Waheed 41, Mohammad Rizwan 21, Baba Aparajith 3/28, Sandeep Sharma 2/20, Suryakumar Yadav 2/20) lost to India Under-23 160/1 in 33.4 overs (KL Rahul 93 not out, Manprit Juneja 51 not out, Unmukt Chand 15)
Result: India won the ACC Emerging Teams Cup