India A registered a resounding victory over Pakistan A in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup 2023 Pool B match at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, largely owing to a magnificent century from Sai Sudharsan and a compelling five-wicket haul from Rajvardhan Hangargekar.

Starting the innings with precision, Indian opener Sai Sudharsan, along with Vice-captain Abhishek Sharma, delivered a power-packed start against Pakistan A, hitting numerous boundaries in the early overs. The pair quickly brought up a 50-run partnership, putting the Pakistani attack under pressure. However, Sharma fell for 20, bringing Nikin Jose to the crease.

Jose, along with Sudharsan, steered the match in India’s favor, both scoring their respective half-centuries and forging a strong 99-run stand. This partnership was instrumental in setting a comfortable path for India’s impending victory. Jose, however, fell for 53, but the stage was already set for a comfortable chase.

The star of the match, Sai Sudharsan, remained unbeaten at the crease, reaching his century in style. Sudharsan showcased tremendous poise, maintaining the tempo throughout the innings, ultimately leading India A to a convincing eight-wicket win. With only 12 runs needed for victory, he struck a boundary followed by two sixes, thus sealing the win for India and ending the match with an unbeaten 104*.

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In the first half of the match, it was Rajvardhan Hangargekar’s five-wicket haul that restricted Pakistan A to 205, with Qasim Akram being the top scorer for Pakistan with 48 runs. This exceptional bowling performance by Hangargekar laid the groundwork for the comfortable chase later executed by the Indian batting lineup.

In summary, the match was marked by Sai Sudharsan’s classy century and Hangargekar’s commanding five-for, alongside crucial contributions from Abhishek Sharma and Nikin Jose. As a result, India A was able to maintain their unbeaten record in the tournament, while securing their place in the semifinals against Bangladesh A.