In a thrilling showdown between India A and Pakistan A in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final, a controversial dismissal has sparked a social media frenzy. Sai Sudharsan, who shone as a star performer for India A in the group stage match against Pakistan A, failed to replicate his heroics in the summit clash. However, his dismissal has ignited a massive controversy among fans.
During the match, Sudharsan miscued a pull shot off the bowling of Arshad Iqbal and was caught by Mohammad Haris. Replays revealed that Iqbal’s front leg was dangerously close to the popping crease, leading many social media users to believe it was a no-ball. However, the decision went against the India A batter, leaving fans divided.
Despite the controversy, Pakistan A emerged victorious with a commanding 128-run win over India A, securing their second consecutive Emerging Teams Asia Cup title. Tayyab Tahir’s exceptional hundred, scoring 108 off 71 balls, played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s mammoth total of 352 for eight.
India A put up a valiant fight but fell short, getting bowled out for 224 in 40 overs. The match took a turn for the worse for India from the toss itself, as they chose to field first, a decision that puzzled many considering the chasing team had lost eight matches in the tournament.
Pakistan A, boasting eight players with international experience, were determined to give India A a tough challenge. In contrast, India A fielded a purely U-23 side with no experience in top-flight cricket.
While controversy marred Sudharsan’s dismissal, Pakistan A’s dominant performance ultimately sealed their victory in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup final.