Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 June 24, 2012

Pakistan win a thriller, Zol ton not enough for India

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Under-19s almost pulled off a dramatic chase of 288 against Pakistan Under-19s but fell one run short at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Needing 17 to win off the final over, Rush Kalaria, who was batting on 24, started with a six but was caught at long-off off the next ball. Two boundaries and a single came off the next three, leaving India needing two off the final delivery. Mohsin Sayyed, however, could only drive it back to the bowler, giving Pakistan their second victory of the competition.

Vijay Zol was unbeaten at the other end on 109. Zol's stands with his captain Unmukt Chand and Akshdeep Nath were the backbone of India's innings. He had also added 51 in five overs with Kalaria for the seventh wicket to keep up with the asking rate after India had lost 3 for 32 to slip to 226 for 6.

Pakistan on the other hand paced their innings wel. A stand of 213 for the second wicket between Man of the match Sami Aslam, who scored 121, and Imam-ul-Haq, who scored 88, guided them to an imposing total.

The group B contest between Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s was not such a high-scoring match. Having made 363 against Qatar on the opening day, Bangladesh slumped to 83 for 8 in their chase of 184 and were finally bowled out for 140 after a 55-run stand for the ninth wicket. Sri Lanka's spinner Amila Aponso took four wickets to rip through the Bangladesh middle order and he was well supported by offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who took three wickets.

It was a bowlers' match and left-hand batsman Sandun Weerakkody was the only half-centurion, scoring 69. Bangladesh legspinner Noor Hussain took four wickets, and medium-pacer Dewan Sabbir three.

Malaysia Under-19s were also bowled out for 140 by Nepal Under-19s and were beaten by 107 runs in their group A match. A five-wicket haul by Rahul Vishwakarma ensured the hosts were outclassed; they had been reduced to 111 for 8 at one stage.

Nepal's innings of 247 revolved around Sagar Pun, who had an 84-run partnership with R Pulami Magar and the first-wicket stand of 74 between Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee. Pun eventually made 71, enough for Nepal to put the game beyond Malaysia.

Afghanistan Under-19s produced a commanding performance with bat and ball to thrash Qatar Under-19s by 191 runs. They amassed 308 and then dismissed Qatar for 117.

Afghanistan had significant partnerships for the first and second wickets, and their middle order contributed as well. Shabir Noori and Noor-ul-Haq scored half-centuries but no one went on to make a hundred.

After that batting performance, Javed Ahmedi, Noori and Aftab Alam ran through the Qatar line-up. A third-wicket partnership of 53 between Taha Muhammed and Tamoor Sajjad was the only stand of note as Qatar wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

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  • omer on June 27, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    it's funny how sami played well n zol got all the headlines...!!

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    @Umar Islam, 4 ur kind information when Virat Kohli was under-19 captain India won the world cup so India is doesn't come 2nd against ur country(drop that notion man!) n by the way when India n Pakistan are playing, both teams are under immense pressure, pressure is not exclusive to you over-19 pakistanis only n it was a great match, both teams played well but Zol was more concerned about his century then winning the match

  • Jawwad on June 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @cricket4every - Absolute Spot ON!

  • Masudur on June 26, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    it was a very really interesting match.But at last Pakistan has won.Thanks to both team.

  • Deepak on June 26, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Why have the Indian selectors not picked PAWAN NEGI in this team? He's an exciting prospect.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    @asian_cricketer, Bud Bangla Boy did play and scored may be 20 or So. But Since you are picking on him i like to mention your Azhar Ali's performance this test. Where is HE??? Scored a Duck in the first innings and 10/12 in the 2nd. Clean your house first before you criticize neighbor's.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    great performance from afghan team this time, thanks for Noor ul Haq, Shabir noori, Javid Ahmadi and my favorite Najib zadran for their outstanding batting and bowling, let's hope they will keep it up for the match against BD. We all afghans are praying for our team who keep our pride somewhere overseas

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    India always come 2nd against Pakistan whether they play Super Sixes or Under 19 because in that matches no political pressure. Inshallah Pakistan become the Asian & later World Champion.

  • gulshan on June 25, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    i hd witnessed this match live. the match was spoiled by non other than zol only. his objective was nt to win the match but remain not out. it looks great on the paper, that he scored unbeaten century. But the fact is pak dropped 6 catches nd poor fielding, still india cd nt en cash those chances. Zol was on 82 in 40th over. india needed 83 runs in last 10 overs. zol never took initiative to score runs. in last 10 overs when india scored 81 runs, zol contribution was only 27 runs. that in last 3 balls when india needed 7 runs, zol took 1 run on 4th ball of 50th over nd gave strike to mohsin to score 6 runs in last 2 balls. mohsin was fresh on the crease. on 5th ball mohsin cd get an edge to score 4 runs. on last ball of 50th over india needed 2 runs to win nd 1 run to tie the match, still last pair didnt run after ball played by mohsin. they sd hv run, even if any 1 wd hv got out if they hd run on last ball, there were chances to get run..but zol's aim was to remain not out.india lost

  • Madurai on June 24, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    The youngsters from India were a bit unlucky, its alright, it will make them hungrier. To follow up with asian_cricketer, guess the boy that took 9 wicket against Qatar could't save the game huh?!! Put a decent team in front of BD and they crumble.

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