2019 West Asia Baseball Cup

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The 2019 West Asia Baseball Cup was the fifth West Asian Baseball Cup. It was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from July 15 to July 20, 2019. At stake were two spots in the 2019 Asian Championship. For the first time, Pakistan was not the host of the event. Sri Lanka defended its title from 2019 to prove 2017 was not a fluke.


July 15[edit]

  • Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 11, Flag of Iran Iran 1. Saddiq Afridi got the win as Pakistan cruises in the opener, with 3 runs by RF Ubaid Ullah. Abtin Nakhjavanpour took the loss, while SS Jalal Farahi had Iran's only run.
  • Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2, Flag of India India 1. The hosts struggled in their opener, needing 11 innings to top India. Sri Lanka's Sugath De Silva and India's Akashay Avhad traded goose eggs for the first five innings. Sasika Dulshan got the win in relief for Sri Lanka, while 2B Sahan Gunasekara drove both runs for Sri Lanka.

July 16[edit]

  • Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 13, Flag of Nepal Nepal 0. Rain cut this one short after five with several pitchers combining for a one-hitter for the hosts. Bimal Lamichhane took the loss, while SS Iresh Kosala led a balanced offense (2 R, 2 RBI) while Sri Lanka took advantage of nine errors by Nepal.
  • Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 17, Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 0. Bangladesh makes their international debut and is, as expected, little match for Pakistan. Arshad Mahmood got the win as four Pakistani hurlers combine on a two-hitter in a mercy rule-shortened five-inning game. Veteran CF Muhammad Sumair Zawar had two RBI for Pakistan while seven players had two runs and their other three position players used each scored once.

July 17[edit]

  • Flag of India India 8, Flag of Nepal Nepal 0. Nepal's game is again limited to five innings by rain. Suraj Singh went the distance with 8 whiffs on a two-hitter, while he got a balanced attack behind him. Iswor Thapa took the loss.
  • Flag of Iran Iran 8, Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 4. Bangladesh's second game goes much better than the first, but Iran beat them for the last semifinals spot. Abdus Chowdhury took the loss to Amir Bazhvand. LF Mehdi Masoumi has two runs and two RBI for Iran.

July 18[edit]

July 19[edit]

  • Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 11, Flag of Nepal Nepal 4. Bangladesh won the 5th/6th place game. Tanmoy Das not only won the game but helped his own cause with 3 hits and 3 RBI. Rajesh Basnet took the loss, while 3B Subash Bohara had two hits for Nepal.
  • Flag of India India 8, Flag of Iran Iran 1. India won the 3rd/4th place game as Akashay Avhad turned in another gem (13 K, 3 H) in a complete game win. LF Vikas Sharma was 3 for 3 with 3 runs. btin Nakhjavan took the loss.
  • Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 5, Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 4. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan as in 2017 to show they could keep pace with the team that won the first three West Asian Baseball Cups. Sri Lanka jumped on Muhammad Usman for 3 in the first. CF Sameera Rathnayake drove in 3 and played fine defense while Sasika Dulshan, the Cup MVP, allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 7 1/3 IP for the win. RF Ubaid Ullah drove in two for Pakistan.