Spinner Akshar Patel did the starturn for India Under-23, as they fought their way back from a tough situation to set up a title clash with Pakistan after a 46-run win over United Arab Emirates in the semifinals of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup, here on Friday.
In what turned out to be
another low-scoring match, the Indian colts defended a modest 208 as the opposition folded for 162 runs in 48.3 overs. Left-arm spinner Patel (19) snared three wickets for three runs in as many overs to trigger a collapse that saw UAE folding up for 162 after being comfortably placed at 97 for one at one stage.
Brief scores: India U-23 208 all-out in 49.5 overs (Juneja 76; Aziz 5/51) beat UAE 162 all-out in 48.3 overs (Anwar 44; Patel 4/29) by 46 runs.