World cup u19 1st Semi Final

Today we arw going to talk about the 1st semi final of cricket world cup u19 between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat

Rohail Nazir: We're going to bat first because it's a semi-final game. We have to put a good score on the board and defend it. It's time to make a mark in the big game, especially for us experienced players in the team. I think this match is always a bigger one [against India], hopefully we have a good match today and play good cricke. Same team as the one that played Afghanistan.

Pakistan: 1 Haider Ali, 2 Mohammad Huraira, 3 Rohail Nazir (capt, wk), 4 Fahad Munir, 5 Qasim Akram, 6 Mohammad Haris 7 Irfan Khan, 8 Abbas Afridi, 9 Tahir Hussain, 10 Amir Ali, 11 Mohammad Amir Khan.

India: 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Divyaansh Saxena, 3 Tilak Verma, 4 Priyam Garg (capt), 5 Dhruv Jurel (wk), 6 Siddhesh Veer, 7 Atharva Ankolekar, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Sushant Mishra, 10 Kartik Tyagi, 11 Akash Singh.

Mishra to Mohammad Huraira, OUT, sliced straight up for square leg! Not good balance at all this time. Short of a length and rising up at his mid-riff. Looks for the pull but he is static. No weight transfer onto either front or back foot and he is cramped as a result, has a hack from underneath. A couple of steps backwards for square leg and an easy catch.

Mohammad Huraira c Saxena b Mishra 4 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66.

Mishra to Haider Ali, FOUR runs, sweet. Length outside off, half a stride down and nicely on top of the line before driving on the rise between point and cover.

Ravi Bishnoi to Fahad Munir, OUT, leading edge is taken at point! Fahad's troubled stay has come to an end. Just mentioned that Bishnoi isn't shy with that googly, and it is the googly that does it. Not a particularly great delivery, mind you. Short and turning away outside off. But when you get in a shell, the release shots get hard too. He throws his foot into the leg side and his hands at the ball to try and pull firmly. Loses his shape and it is a simple take in the off side.

Fahad Munir c Ankolekar b Ravi Bishnoi 0 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That is how Pakistan's innings ends. Looked like they had a clear plan in terms of what to do after winning the toss, but they did appear blindsided after those early wickets. A nervy third wicket stand stabilized them, but India were always allowed a way to comeback. Once Haider fell after his fifty, India took it too. Haris came in and briefly changed the energy of the innings, but a sensational diving catch from Sxena ended his innings and from there, the slide began. The fast bowlers were just too good for the lower order after Bishnoi and Ankolekar softened the batting up. Rohail battled till late in the innings, but the pressure seemed to get to him as well. India need 173 to win. We will be back shortly for the chase.

 A little underwhelming as a contest, and largely down to the excellence shown by this Indian unit. Their bowlers set the ball rolling with a superb performance, backed up by some outstanding fielding. Ironically, it was Jaiswal who struck a crucial blow with the ball just when Pakistan were stitching together their best partnership. The seocnd half has been all India. Jaiswal with the hundred, and Saxena more than an able ally with the bat. The first 10-wicket win in ICC U-19 World Cup knockouts.

Its time to bye bye.............

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