Pakistan will play the final Saturday against the winner of the second semi-final, which will take place Thursday between host Bangladesh and Afghanistan, at the same ground
The name Amad Butt may not shine brightly in the scoreboard but the 24-year pacer did a splendid job as he conceded just four runs in the final over for Pakistan against arch-rival India in the Emerging Asia Cup to secure a final berth.
India were chasing 267/7 in the first semifinal at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka and were on 260/7, but Butt, who was wicketless in his first nine overs conceding 39 runs, picked up a wicket in the second ball and allowed just four singles to clinch the cliffhanger.
It was a game of combined efforts from both the sides.
After winning the toss, Pakistan openers Omair Yousuf (66) and Yousuf Ali (43) made a solid start as they put on 90-run stand in 22 overs.
The remaining batsmen tried to up the tempo and Saif Badar was most successful as he remained not out with 47 from 48 balls.
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Shivam Mavi, Saurabh Dubey and Hrithik Shokeen grabbed two wickets each.
In reply, India were off to a brisk start and kept the run rate around six, but things started to get interesting when their highest scorer Sanvir was run out by Badar after making 76, leaving the side on 179/3 in 31 overs.
India lost two more wickets for the same score to get reduced to 211/5 in the 39th over and could not recover despite Chinmay Sutar remaining not out on 28 off 37 balls.
Mohammad Hasnain and Badar, who was adjudged player of the match, bagged two wickets each.
Pakistan will play the final Saturday against the winner of the second semi-final, which will take place Thursday between host Bangladesh and Afghanistan, at the same ground.