India v Pakistan, Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final, Kuala Lumpur July 1, 2012

India and Pakistan Under-19s tie thrilling final

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Pakistan Under-19s 282 for 9 (Aslam 134, Kalaria 5-37) tied with India Under-19s 282 for 8 (Chand 121, Aparajith 90, Nawaz 3-45)
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For the second time in two matches, there was very little separating India and Pakistan's Under-19 teams, as they tied the final of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur in dramatic fashion. Pakistan opener Sami Aslam scored his second hundred of the series to carry his team to 282, before India captain Unmukt Chand did the same for his side. But both centuries went in vain, with neither team claiming the trophy.

Pakistan did well to achieve the tie. India were in relative control in the chase, needing 37 in the final six overs, with seven wickets in hand and Chand batting on 101. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz then produced two effective overs, claiming two wickets and conceding just five, to bring Pakistan back into the game. Chand was still around though and almost carried his bat, but his dismissal off the fourth ball of the final over - caught on the cover boundary off seamer Ehsan Adil - left India needing five off two deliveries. No. 8 Rush Kalaria pierced the off side for four, to bring the scores level. The final delivery, though, he could only chip gently to mid-off. Dot ball. Shared title.

Like in their one-run defeat to Pakistan in the group match, India chose to field. And once again, Pakistan's innings was built around Aslam. India managed to keep the scoring in check early in the innings, but a 100-run stand at over a run a ball between Umar Waheed and Sami Aslam for the third wicket put Pakistan on course for a sizeable total.

Pakistan had launched the final assault, scoring 49 from overs 41 to 45, when Kalaria removed Saad Ali and Aslam off consecutive balls. He took three more wickets, and Pakistan managed only 30 for 5 in the final five.

India's reply revolved around a 175-run stand for the second wicket between Chand and B Aparajith. Aparajith fell 10 short of a hundred, Nawaz's first victim of the game. Apart from these two, none of the other India batsmen managed to go past 23, as the lower-middle order let the game slip from their grasp.

Aslam's century came after scores 82 not out, 121, 47 and 77, and he, expectedly, won the Player of the Series and best batsman awards. Sri Lanka offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, who picked up 12 wickets in four games, was named the best bowler of the tournament.

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @msq3761. Thats not shared! There was a super-over/ball out rule at that time and ur team were not able to do that. Here thing is different.

  • on July 3, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    2015 World Cup ---- Sami Aslam plays for Pakistan and Chand plays for India. What a scene that will be .......

  • on July 2, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Amazing finish,don't know how India vs Pakistan always produces great finishes. Positive things from both the camps. U.Chand is a guy who I have heard a lot about as he hails from Delhi. He's surely following the footsteps of V.Kohli who was on the same lines as him 3-4 yrs back and look at that guy now. U.Chand has done well for Delhi,also signed by Delhi Daredevils[Hasn't got much chances as of now though]. This Asia Cup just shows his talent. The U-19 WC will be a huge tournament for him though. Needless to say,both teams are favourites for that WC too.

  • msq3761 on July 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, same should have happened in the 1st ever T20 match between Pakistan and India in World Cup 2007.

  • AtulMore on July 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Congrats to both the teams. Like :)

  • Sakthiivel on July 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and Indians..

  • Shahnawaztarar on July 2, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Sami you really did well and it is really an achivement to outclass the indian batsman and also with a margin....you are the best bats man and also top scorer with a total of 461 runs.......we are looking a new saeed anwar in you....plz continue to impress in world cup u-19 and make a way straight away to A side and as well as to national side.

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @nampally - same thoughts as you Chand, Aparajith, Zol should now be given a go at India A and then later senior team. Along with Pujara - we have four possible players for the senior role. We have the makings of a good openner in Chand.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 2, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Trophy should have been handed ovr to pak bcoz they had already beaten d indians in group stage,anyhow 4 us pakis,they r d real asian champs n hot favourits to win wrldcup

  • on July 2, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    keep eye on aparjith.india will get excellent all rounder

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @msq3761. Thats not shared! There was a super-over/ball out rule at that time and ur team were not able to do that. Here thing is different.

  • on July 3, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    2015 World Cup ---- Sami Aslam plays for Pakistan and Chand plays for India. What a scene that will be .......

  • on July 2, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Amazing finish,don't know how India vs Pakistan always produces great finishes. Positive things from both the camps. U.Chand is a guy who I have heard a lot about as he hails from Delhi. He's surely following the footsteps of V.Kohli who was on the same lines as him 3-4 yrs back and look at that guy now. U.Chand has done well for Delhi,also signed by Delhi Daredevils[Hasn't got much chances as of now though]. This Asia Cup just shows his talent. The U-19 WC will be a huge tournament for him though. Needless to say,both teams are favourites for that WC too.

  • msq3761 on July 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, same should have happened in the 1st ever T20 match between Pakistan and India in World Cup 2007.

  • AtulMore on July 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Congrats to both the teams. Like :)

  • Sakthiivel on July 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and Indians..

  • Shahnawaztarar on July 2, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Sami you really did well and it is really an achivement to outclass the indian batsman and also with a margin....you are the best bats man and also top scorer with a total of 461 runs.......we are looking a new saeed anwar in you....plz continue to impress in world cup u-19 and make a way straight away to A side and as well as to national side.

  • Naresh28 on July 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @nampally - same thoughts as you Chand, Aparajith, Zol should now be given a go at India A and then later senior team. Along with Pujara - we have four possible players for the senior role. We have the makings of a good openner in Chand.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 2, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Trophy should have been handed ovr to pak bcoz they had already beaten d indians in group stage,anyhow 4 us pakis,they r d real asian champs n hot favourits to win wrldcup

  • on July 2, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    keep eye on aparjith.india will get excellent all rounder

  • fataquie on July 2, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Funny, I was just reading about greatest sports rivalry and there is no other rivalry on Earth to come close to this one. Both teams played well but I am frustrated not being able to see it on TV due to lack of coverage.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 2, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Well done team India. India deserves the trophy as they lost lesser number of wickets. India again proved as champs.

  • Shrineel on July 2, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Well played!! Unmukt Chand is on the way to become the next Virat Kohli... Would like to see him in the Indian Team as soon as possible...

    Rush Kalaria, you too performed excellently!!Your performance in both the matches (against Pakistan) was great...you hit a boundary in both the matches at crucial situation!! Well done... God Bless...

    Would like to see... Unmukt Chand Baba Aparajit Rush Kalaria Vijay Zol Smit Patel in the Indian Team!!

  • AmjadZork on July 2, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Congrates to both the teams. Although Pakistan didnt had the traditional dangerous seamers... But overall, very good performance by both !!

  • on July 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    very well done both teams.............. The way Pak team started and in the end they couldn't finish as well as they should. Then very good batting display by Indian top order, but the middle order collapsed. Any how this is the beauty of cricket.... congrats..... to both champions.........

  • on July 2, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Excellent batting display by both teams. Well played Sami Aslam, Chand, Claria. You people are the future stars..... I will appreciate the performance of both teams. very well done, despite having few facilities at the early age.

  • FLying.Horse on July 2, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    india and pakistan r strong conternder,s for the forthcoming U 19 world cup,,

  • satish619chandar on July 2, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Well played both the teams.. Hope the youngsters perform well in the domestic season too.. Saw Aparajith elevated to the TN Ranji team and not making use of the oppurtunity to impress.. But still, they got age on their side and can certainly improve.. BCCI should let them to participate in the County or other nation domestic competitions..

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 2, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain,wel said,i thought pak u19 was a clas above to othr teams in ths tournament bt may b presure of final got d betr of them while batng othrwise 300 was on d cards,havng said,kalaria deserves to be creditd .4 TO 5 PLAYrs R to be lookd aftr with intensive care,they r babar,wahed,nawaz,sami aslam and a fast bowlr

  • cricket4every on July 2, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @ Nampally. just wait. we have u19 world cup in august this year. Let the boys concentrate on forthcoming world cup. i say again india need to look for consistent opener along with chand. india also need to hv 6th bowler, who can bowl sm overs in between. if we see in all matches india felt need of another bowler. we cant expect all the 5 bowlers perform consistently in every match. Always 1 bowler has failed.if we hv to win world cup, we need to concentrate on these aspects.

  • cricket4every on July 2, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @Desihangama. i think chand did a right thing by refusing 2nd run on 3rd ball. bcoz he was set batsman nd kalaria was new to crease. he had to lead from the front. other wise same situation wd hv arisen as it was in last match against pak, where zol did mistake. i hope u remember. u may b right, but i hv my opinions.

  • on July 2, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    to be fair i think pak shud have been given trophy because they played the better tournament being undefeated. and can imagine sami aslam in 3 years opening batting for pak

  • Nampally on July 2, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    At least 3 of the players from India U-19 should be given chances to play for India A tour of NZ. U.Chand,Aparajith & Zol all batted with authority in the Asia cup Tourney & Sandeep Sharma bowled well. If India is in search of talent, here is the golden opportunity to groom them young. We see write ups by Aakash Chopra laments about lack of good indian openers. U.Chand showed he is a great opener & hungry for runs. He scored a century in the semifinal & Final besides in the preliminary rounds. Zol & Aparajith have also scored heavily. Aparajith is also a useful off spinner.Some of the players in the India A were also talented youngsters in U-19 team such as C.Pujara - still waiting for a regular test place. If these guys are not groomed at the right time we cannot develop them into Dravids, Gavaskars & Tendulkars. BCCI, Please consider these youngsters right now as potential future stars!. Give them a break right now.

  • Desihungama on July 1, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Had Chand not refused the 2nd run of 3rd delivery of final over, India would have won. Well played Pakistan to make it a tie.

  • on July 1, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Sami Aslam: 134 @ SR 108.06

    Unmukt Chand: 121 @ SR 80.66

  • on July 1, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    i think kalaria should be the man of the match, but no one give attention on bowler,s performance. well done kalaria, he first restrict the pak to go beyond 300 and at last if chand take double on kalaria,s hit result might be diffrent

  • on July 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Well played by both team, and well played too saad My class Fellow is now represent Pakistan Team. I am proud to you...

  • Stark62 on July 1, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Sami Aslam was great through out the tournament!!

    I hope he is what Pak have been searching for and will emulate his U19 success on the major stage.

  • Paras.Rishi on July 1, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Disappointed that Asian Cricket Council could not broadcast all the matches!

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on July 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Cricket match between India vs Pakistan is really joyful. congratulates both team.

  • Dilbar786 on July 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan...defending 36 in 6overs whn they had 7 wickets in hand.

  • on July 1, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Congrats to both teams both played really well.Sami Aslam and Chand were very good in whole of the Asia cup..India had a fair chance to win the cup but lower middle order did not played well.Nawaz also did a great job to save the game for Pakistan....

  • on July 1, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Sami Aslam and Chand both played a brilliant knock for their countries .India had a fair chance to win the game but the lower middle order did not played well. Nawaz did well for Pakistan to save the game.....

  • on July 1, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Well done India..............Well Done

  • Extraz on July 1, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Perfect finish to a IndoPak match,couldn't ask for a better a result than this.congrats to both Asian champions they really are equally matched sides.

  • wiseshah on July 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    this pakistani captain babar azam is playing his 3rd under 19 world cup. his profile says he is 17. i wonder how long he will remain under 19. i know indian and pakistani players hide their age but babar azam's age hiding is shameless. he thought no one will realize

  • Lord_Dravid on July 1, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Im gutted india could've just clinched it but a very exciting match! It would'nt have been this fun if bangladesh somehow made it to the final.

  • QingdaoXI on July 1, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    So Zol just 17 Years old and Aslam going to be 17 year old in some months will be respective captains for there teams in next under-19 asia cup.

  • QingdaoXI on July 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Four Asians batsmen are born in this UNDER-19 Asia cup and will be star in future. You all know about whom i am speaking?

  • StatisticsRocks on July 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Congratulations to both the team. Whether it is U-19 or the seniros India vs. Pak is always filled with excitement, tension and is always a classic. Again it seems India's batting is in good hands and bowling is always a concern.

  • Azweer on July 1, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Tie masked Chand's new record of U-19 tons. he has 4 now. Dhawan's record of 3 U-19 tons are being broken but thats in sheer danger as Sami aslam sitting pretty @No.3 !!!!! he has almost 3 years to play unless he joins Main pakistan squad

  • Naresh28 on July 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Indian bowling is still a problem. At least we have some bright batting talent. Rush Kalaria is aslo a good bowler. Support bowling is a problem. Is Chand ready for a senior role? Both teams should be congratulated.

  • on July 1, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    brilliant game of cricket,,,,brilliant both sides and a fair result at the end

  • on July 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Unbelievable game of cricket ! Super chase by Indians and at the end, Cricket is the winner.

  • S-A-M-1994 on July 1, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    16 yr old sami aslam looks brilliant

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Hmmm when is the match rescheduled??

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Kudos to both teams. Cricket matches involving Pakistan and India always seems to have great deal of uncertainty and excitement.

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    well played team Pakistan ....

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sami Aslam looks very good.

  • dheerajshetty on July 1, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    They looked like they were cruising towards victory, but apart from Unmukt Chand who played brilliantly again and Aparajith others failing in the batting order. Anyways a good game.

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Aparajith is a very bright potential he could very well fill the all-rounders spot in the Indian Senior team .

  • Mr_Asaan95 on July 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Brilliant game, i was shocked when i found out it was a draw, i thought India had it in the bag! Pakistans bowlers did brilliantly to turn it into a draw :)

  • davidatlas999 on July 1, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @Varun Anand i think india play it very well just it the last they lose the wicket of chand otherwise its easy for india to win.after all it is cricket you never know what happen next.yet we have two good batsmen from this asia cup.for us sami aslam and imam for india its chand and zol.good luck to them for next mile stone.

  • dariuscorny on July 1, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @Varun Anand not at all brother if you go through the matches played earlier w always steam rolled Pak

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Bravo Team Pakistan !!!! Hats Off to you !!!!

  • on July 1, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Indian U-19 is no different to their senior team ! When it comes to a India-Pakistan clash, our seniors too are known for choking at the finish line. I thought our juniors would be made of sterner stuff. Why do we so lack this killer instinct ?

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  • on July 1, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Indian U-19 is no different to their senior team ! When it comes to a India-Pakistan clash, our seniors too are known for choking at the finish line. I thought our juniors would be made of sterner stuff. Why do we so lack this killer instinct ?

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Bravo Team Pakistan !!!! Hats Off to you !!!!

  • dariuscorny on July 1, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @Varun Anand not at all brother if you go through the matches played earlier w always steam rolled Pak

  • davidatlas999 on July 1, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @Varun Anand i think india play it very well just it the last they lose the wicket of chand otherwise its easy for india to win.after all it is cricket you never know what happen next.yet we have two good batsmen from this asia cup.for us sami aslam and imam for india its chand and zol.good luck to them for next mile stone.

  • Mr_Asaan95 on July 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Brilliant game, i was shocked when i found out it was a draw, i thought India had it in the bag! Pakistans bowlers did brilliantly to turn it into a draw :)

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Aparajith is a very bright potential he could very well fill the all-rounders spot in the Indian Senior team .

  • dheerajshetty on July 1, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    They looked like they were cruising towards victory, but apart from Unmukt Chand who played brilliantly again and Aparajith others failing in the batting order. Anyways a good game.

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sami Aslam looks very good.

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    well played team Pakistan ....

  • on July 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Kudos to both teams. Cricket matches involving Pakistan and India always seems to have great deal of uncertainty and excitement.