Asians outclass Africans

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The Asian men’s team followed in the footsteps of their fellow women’s team by recording a thumping six-wicket victory over Africa XI in the Afro-Asia Cup Twenty20 tie at Chinnaswamy the Stadium.

After restricting the Africans to a manageable total of 109 for eight, the Asian batsmen kept their cool in reaching the target for the loss of four wickets in 15.5 overs.

Bangladesh’s pocket dynamo Tamim Iqbal led the victory charge early on with a quick-fire 30 off 22 balls, including three fours and a six, before he stepped out to spinner Thandi Tshabalala and was easily stumped.

There was enough firepower in the experienced Asia line-up to weather the cheap dismissals of Pakistan’s Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal and Bangladesh’s Mohammed Ashraful to cruise home comfortably. Dilshan and Asia captain Shoaib Malik (14 not out in 18 balls) ensured the momentum was maintained with a stand of 49 runs in 36 balls for the fifth wicket after coming together at 61 for four.

Earlier, put in to bat, Africa men floundered, like their women had done when going down tamely by 60 runs to Asia XI earlier in the day, on a seaming track and were restricted to a paltry 109 for eight wickets. South African Loots Bosman was the lone batsman to appear well in control with a well-compiled 52, inclusive of three sixes and as many fours in 55 balls. He was out in the penultimate over.

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