Preview: Arch-rivals clash for a spot in the ICC U19 WC Final
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will battle it out at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday (30 January) for a place in the Super League Final of the ICC U19 CWC 2018.
India were clinical against Bangladesh in the quarter-final. They are on a four-match winning streak.
Pakistan, on the other hand, had to struggle in the quarter-final against South Africa but eventually emerged as winners. Pakistan have won 3 out of their 4 matches so far.
Shubman Gill has been India’s highest run scorer: 4 matches 239 runs at an average of 119.50. Kamlesh Nagarkoti has taken 7 wickets at an economy of 3.51. Both these players will be key for India.
Pakistan will bank on Ali Zaryab who has scored 163 runs at an average of 81.50 and Shaheen Afridi who has taken 11 wickets at an economy of 2.90.
There have been 21 meetings between India and Pakistan at Under 19 level, and it is India U19 that have the better record, winning 12 and losing eight with one match finishing in a tie. Pakistan lead the U19 head to head 5-3.
Prithvi Shaw (c), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh
Hasan Khan (c), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Ali Khan, Ammad Alam, Zaid Alam, Ali Zaryab, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Muhammad Musa, Saad Khan, Rohail Nazir (wk), Munir Riaz, Suleman Shafqat, Imran Shah, Mohammad Taha