Date & Time: Tuesday, February 04, 13:30 IST
Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Potchefstroom gears up for one of the greatest rivalries as India U-19 go up against Pakistan U-19 for a place in the finals
Both teams are coming of a win in all the matches they have played. India have won 4 out of 4 and Pakistan have won three out of their 4 matches, of which one of them is a no-result game. It’s a repeat of the 2018 U-19 WC in which India completely dominated Pakistan handing them a loss of over 200 runs. However, in overall U-19 World Cup, Pakistan have had the edge over India in the 9 matches.
For India, it has been one batsman who has dominated and others have bat around him. Yashaswi Jaiswal has scored over 200 runs with three half centuries. Mainly in most of their matches India has bat second where they had to chase meager targets. Only against Australia they bat first and in that match, the Indian middle order and lower middle order came into the party. India’s bowling has been one of the most impressive in this World Cup, they have managed to skittle out their opponents in each of their innings. Ravi Bishnoi has been the star with 11 wickets followed by Karthik Tyagi who led the way in the win against Australia in the quarter finals. Pakistan bowling also has been skillful in this world cup, three of their bowlers have picked up more than 5 wickets. Abbas Afridi leads the way with 9 wickets followed by Tahir Hussain and Mohammad Amir Khan with 7 wickets each.
India U-19 Probable XI: Yashaswi Jaiswal, Divyansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg (c), Dhruv Jurel (wk), Siddhesh Veer, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Sushant Mishra, Karthik Tyagi, Akash Singh.
Pakistan U-19 Probable XI: Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Rohail Nazir (c & wk), Fahad Munir, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Haris, Irfan Khan, Abbas Afridi, Tahir Hussain, Aamir Ali, Mohammad Amir Khan
Six matches has been played at this venue out of which one is had no result and other one was a short one. In the other four matches an average of 246 runs has been scored in the first innings. Pacers have bagged 37 wickets in this World Cup at an economy of 5.4, the pacers could not concede runs but have been more successful. On the other hand spinners have had decent amount of success in the wickets column but have been extremely good in stopping the run flow, they have bagged 25 wickets at an economy of 3.7.
The highest run scorer for India has a PPM of 77.25 and has appeared in the dream team in all the matches that he has played in this U-19 World Cup. He has the joint most number of 50+ scores in this World Cup, this displays the amount of consistency in his performance.
Atharva Ankolekar has played two matches and both the matches he has been a match winner in different aspects. In the match against New Zealand his three wickets was a vital one and in the Quarter Finals his unbeaten knock of 55 against Australia was critical too. He has a PPM of 76.5 and has made it to the dream team in both the matches.
This bowling all-rounder has had a stupendous U-19 World Cup season so far, he has been one of the trump card bowler for India and not to mention an absolute gun fielder. He is the highest wicket taker for India with 11 dismissals, and in the previous match against Australia, he showed he can bat as well. His PPM of 89.0 is the best among all the players from both the sides and with the kind of performance he produces every match, undeniably he makes it into the dream team.
Abbas in this U-19 World Cup is one of the most consistent performers with the ball for Pakistan. In fact in the last 10 youth ODI matches, he has never gone wicket-less. In this World Cup he has picked up 9 wickets and is the highest wicket taker for Pakistan. He has PPM of 59.3 and an MDTA of 1.5 this season.
Qasim Akram’s all-round performance is a notable one, he hasn’t gotten too many chance to bat in this season yet, but in the chances he got, he has shown glimpses of an excellent batting all-rounder. In this World Cup he has a PPM of 70.67 and an MDTA of 1.5.