LAHORE - In an unprecedented game of cricket, the final match of the Under-19 Asian Cup played between Pakistan and India in Kuala Lumpur ended in a tie.
Pakistan did well to achieve the tie. India were in relative control in the chase, needing 37 in the final six overs, with seven wickets in hand and Chand batting on 101. Left-arm spinner M Nawaz then produced two effective overs, claiming two wickets for just five runs, to bring Pakistan back into the game. Chand dismissal off the fourth ball of the final over - caught on the cover boundary off seamer Ehsan Adil - left India needing five off two deliveries. Rush Kalaria pierced the off side for four, to bring the scores level. The final delivery, though, he could only chip gently to mid-off. Dot ball that shared title. Earlier put into bat first, Pakistan's innings was built around Sami Aslam. India managed to keep the scoring in check early in the innings, but a 100-run stand at over a run a ball between Umar Waheed and Sami Aslam for the third wicket put Pakistan on course for a sizeable total.
Pakistan had launched the final assault, scoring 49 from overs 41 to 45, when Kalaria removed Saad Ali and Sami Aslam off consecutive balls and took three more wickets to halt Pakistan charge as they lose five wickets for just 30 runs in last five overs.
For India, Chand and Aparajith put on 175 runs for the second wicket. Aparajith fell 10 short of a hundred and became Nawaz's first victim Apart from these two, none of the other India batsmen managed to go past 23, as the lower-middle order let the game slip from their grasp.
Aslam's century came after scores 82 not out, 121, 47 and 77, and he won the Player of the Series and best batsman awards. Sri Lanka offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who picked up 12 wickets in four games, was named the best bowler of the tournament.
Pakistan and India U-19 teams declared joint winners of the Asia Cup 2012. Sami Aslam of Pakistan and Unmukt Chand of India shared the man-of-the-match award.
Pakistan U-19 282 for 9 (Aslam 134, Kalaria 5-37) tied with India Under-19 282 for 8 (Chand 121, Aparajith 90, Nawaz 3-45)