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Rohail Nazir's scintillating ton helps Pakistan lift Emerging Teams Asia Cup title
Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019

Rohail Nazir's scintillating ton helps Pakistan lift Emerging Teams Asia Cup title

Rohail Nazir scored an outstanding century as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by an emphatic margin of 77 runs to clinch the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019 title in Mirpur on Saturday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail smashed 12 boundaries and three maximums during his spellbinding 111-ball 113.

The 18-year-old superbly anchored Pakistan's innings after being asked by the home side to bat first.

Rohail joined Imran Rafiq in the middle at 41-2 following the loss of openers Omair Yousuf and Haider Ali.

The two batsmen then stitched a lively 117-run stand, keeping the scoreboard ticking along at a steady rate.

Imran departed for a composed 88-ball 62 before skipper Saud Shakeel upped the ante with a rapid contribution of 42 from 40 deliveries.

A flurry of runs by Khushdil Shah and Amad Butt in the death overs later raised Pakistan's total to an imposing 301-6.

For Bangladesh, Sumon Khan claimed three wickets but was a touch expensive leaking 75 runs in 10 overs.

The hosts got off to a flyer in pursuit of the 302-run target but the frequent loss of wickets hurt their progress.

The departure of captain Najmul Hossain Shanto for a 53-ball 49 soon welcomed a batting collapse as the asking rate continued to climb out of the reach of the subsequent batters.

A brief cameo from Mahedi Hasan towards the end of the innings offered resistance against the Pakistan bowlers before Saif Badar put an end to his enterprising knock.

Bangladesh failed to bat out the full quota of overs and were eventually bundled out for 224 with 39 balls to spare.

Tearaway speedster Mohammad Hasnain returned impressive figures of 3-32 while Khushdil and Saif chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Rohail was adjudged player of the match in the all-important final for his heroic ton as Soumya Sarkar earned the player of the series award.

Earlier in the tournament, Pakistan beat arch-rivals India in a nail-biting thriller in the semi-final clash by merely three runs after topping their group.