Dubai: Skipper Sami Aslam (108) made a magnificent century as Pakistan colts held on to their nerves to pull off a narrow two-wicket win over India in the Under-19 Asia Cup on Tuesday.
Pakistan chased down a challenging target of 251 with just three balls to spare and registered their third straight win in the tournament.
Ricky Bhui's 64 off 66 balls helped India scored 250 for seven in their alloted 50 overs, after opting to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India were off to a good start with openers Ankush Bains (41) and Akhil Herwadkar (31) putting on 74 runs in 13.3 overs.
However, leg-spinner Karamat Ali brought Pakistan into the match as he got rid of the top-three batsmen, including skipper Vijay Zol (20) to reduce India to 116 for three.
Ali kept a tight leash on the Indian batsmen and finished with figures of four for 28 in 10 overs.
Ricky put on small but significant partnerships of 36, 42 and 45 with Sanju Samson (38), Sarfaraz Khan (20) and Deepak Hooda (24) to take India to a testing total.
Ricky's knock included three fours and two sixes. In reply, the left-handed Aslam led from the front as he smacked Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground. He laid the foundation for his side, putting on 72 runs with Hasan Raza (30) for the third wicket.
Aslam's 119-ball knock included 11 fours and a six. Kamaran Ghulam (55) played the role of finisher as he took his side home.