Under-19 Asia Cup 2013-14 January 2, 2014

India and Pakistan to meet in final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Under-19s 199 for 8 (Aslam 75, Imam-ul-Haq 42) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 196 (Shaidi 51, Karamat 5-33) by two wickets

A hat-trick from the legspinner Karamat Ali, followed by Sami Aslam's 75, powered Pakistan Under-19s into the final of the Under-19s Asia Cup after they edged Afghanistan Under-19s by two wickets in Sharjah.

Karamat dismissed Mohammad Mujtaba, Hashmatullah Shaidi and Sayed Shirzad off successive deliveries in the 46th over to finish with 5 for 33 and bundle Afghanistan out for 196. Afghanistan, choosing to bat, had made a solid start as the openers Shahidullah and Ihsanullah hit 43 inside nine overs, but four wickets in the space of 10 overs left them stranded at 70 for 4.

Shaidi and Waheedullah Shafaq led the recovery with a fifth-wicket stand of 87, but once Shafaq was removed for 48, the team again crumbled. Afghanistan entered the 46th over at 182 for 6 and with Mujtaba and Shaidi at the crease, they would have looked to push on towards a competitive total.

However, Mujtaba's attempt to clear the infield off the third ball of the over could only find Saud Shakeel at the midwicket fence. Shaidi had crossed over during the wicket to take the strike, but he too failed to go the distance, hitting Karamat straight to Imam-ul-Haq at the deep square leg boundary. Karamat then completed his hat-trick with a googly to bowl Shirzad out for a duck.

Set a paltry target, Pakistan lost Shayan Jahangir in the second over, but Aslam marshaled the innings by striking eight fours and two sixes, and adding 107 for the second wicket with Imam. However, Aslam's wicket in the 24th over led to Pakistan slipping from 111 for 1 to 133 for 4. Hasan Raza and Hussain Talat chipped in with crucial contributions to stop the slide, but both of them were dismissed in the 45th over and Pakistan were soon left precariously placed at 195 for 8 with 13 balls remaining.

Kamran Ghulam, however, held his nerve and took the team over the line with a backfoot punch through the covers for four.

India Under-19s 224 for 7 (Bains 54) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 223 for 8 (Dumindu 60, Kuldeep 3-49) by three wickets

India Under-19s overcame a tense chase thanks to a half-century from Ankush Bains to beat Sri Lanka Under 19s by three wickets and progress to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup.

Bains had retired hurt in the first over but walked out to bat in the 34th with India still 97 runs adrift with five wickets in hand. He struck his first ball back for a four and continued finding the boundary with the regularity needed to tackle a required rate which had reached 5.75. India's tail was exposed, with none of the top-order batsmen able to convert their starts, but Bains balanced run-scoring along with shielding the lesser batsmen, ensuring the asking rate did not rise past seven.

No. 9 Kuldeep Yadav, who had been instrumental in keeping Sri Lanka to a modest 223, gave Bains company in a 58-run, seventh-wicket stand which took India to the threshold of victory. Bains fell to a run-out, but Yadav struck the winning runs in the final over and remained unbeaten on 22 off 26 balls, with three fours.

Sri Lanka's batting effort revolved around half-centuries from Hashan Dumindu and Kusal Mendis. Their 94-run, second-wicket stand, accumulated at a sedate pace, promised a better total but the middle order failed to capitalise. Five of their batsmen could not get past single figures as left-arm chinaman Yadav picked up three wickets and Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan chipped in two each. Anuk Fernando ushered Sri Lanka to the full quota of overs with an unbeaten cameo, but the target proved just a touch too little.

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  • Arshad on January 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    I don't think anyone needs to react so sharply on Albert. He only said FTB and that's nothing wrong with that. As someone said FTB score on those flat pitches but others fail. On lively and pacy pitches, other scores but IPL FTBs fail..... Guys: you got to accept the reality...nothing wrong with that!!

  • Android on January 3, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I think india should make a special committe and a panel to produce some good fast bowlers which they dont have........ Should become kapel dev a head of that committe...... But such a huge country and have a bunch of think tanks but no use of brain and strategy

  • Naresh on January 3, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @albert - you can brand us a flat track bullies all you like. We still win outside the SC. The question to ask yourself is "WHERE WERE YOUR TEAM WHEN OUR FLAT TRACK BULLY WAS BULLYING THE OTHER?" it takes two to tango. The pitch is the same for both. Whether we win or lose - we have proved it over and over again e.g. LIKE WINNING THE LAST u19 WORLD CUP IN AUSTRALIA LAST TIME OUT. ZOL, SAMSON and KULDEEP have a bright future ahead of them, we will let them mature on their own time.

  • Atit on January 3, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Albert .. Dude if you are a pakistani or a pak fan good for you, but no need to curse other teams, its a comment forum, we can also talk rubbish.... but we dont..so write some points which make sense, will see tomorrow who wins.. Take it easy mate..

  • Manesh on January 3, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Well done young lads! It is again proved that India can beat SL at any time, any event, anywhere, any format. India going to thrash the Match Fixers in the final.

  • yuvraj on January 3, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Pakistan are going to thrash the future FTBs in the finals.

  • yuvraj on January 3, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Bangladesh dint even make it to the semis. Afghan team has eliminated them twice in the Asia cup. The future is clear now. Bangladesh going to be the worst team from the subcontinent.

  • ESPN on January 3, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    It was a very well displayed performance by afghanU19 but I thought they were 25 to 30 runs in batting but nevertheless well played game by them and now they will carry confidence to the World Cup.

  • Dhairy on January 3, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Great performence from Kuldeep Yadav. I have confidence in him that he will make his way in Indian senior team.He took 14 wickets in last 5 match.

    Sanju Samson & Vijay zol both are candidate to make a way in Indian team as WC & batsman. hope them to play well and take a win over pak-U19.

  • Dummy on January 2, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    U 19 good luck india also gud luck sanju samdon

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