India v Pakistan, U-19 Asia Cup, final, Sharjah January 4, 2014

Zol, Samson help India claim Asia Cup title

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India Under-19 314 for 8 (Zol 100, Samson 100) beat Pakistan Under-19 274 for 9 (Ghulam 102, Aslam 87*) by 40 runs
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India Under-19 took home yet another piece of silverware, this time claiming the Asia Cup by beating arch-rivals Pakistan Under-19 by 40 runs in a high-scoring final in Sharjah. Centuries by Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson powered India to 314 and Pakistan, in their reply, failed to keep with the asking rate. Late-hitting by Kamran Ghulam helped him score a century, but he kept running out of partners. He was stranded on 102 as Pakistan could only muster 274.

The chase didn't match the thrills of the last occasion these teams met in a tournament final though, coincidentally in the Asia Cup of 2012. In Kuala Lumpur, the scores were tied on 282 and the trophy was shared.

Put into bat, India were given a brisk start by their openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar. They had added 60 before Herwadkar pulled Zia-ul-Haq straight to midwicket. Bains fell three short of his fifty when he gave the legspinner Karamat Ali the charge and was stumped.

The wicket brought Zol and Samson together and their stand of 180, made in less than 30 overs, defined the game. Zol was lucky to be let off on 33 when Salman Saeed put down a sitter at point. Samson scored at more than a run-a-ball, hitting two sixes early in his innings, over deep midwicket and deep extra cover. Zol, the Maharashtra Ranji batsman, reached his fifty, off 73 balls, with a single to midwicket, while Samson reached his half-century the following over with a boundary down to long-off.

Samson too was handed a reprieve, on 59, when he looked to launch Karamat over long-on where Zafar Gohar failed to catch the skier and conceded a boundary. To make matters worse for Karamat, he conceded 18 in his following over, giving away two fours and a six. Zol was the first to reach his century, getting there with a single to midwicket. He fell the following over for 100, mistiming Karamat over mid-on where Gohar took the catch.

Samson then smashed two consecutive sixes immediately after his captain's departure, though he was lucky with the second one as Gohar stepped over the rope at long-on after taking the catch. Samson reached his century in the 43rd over, off just 86 balls with eight fours and four sixes. He too fell for an exact 100, top-edging Gohar to extra cover. India lost wickets steadily but managed to push the score to an imposing 314.

The Pakistan openers began briskly, adding 34 before Mohammad Umair was caught and bowled by the seamer Chama Milind. What hurt Pakistan was the lack of boundaries following that wicket, and the asking rate had already climbed over seven after 15 overs. The pressure got to Pakistan as they lost three quick wickets to the spinners, for 11 runs, as they slid to 88 for 4.

Sami Aslam, who scored 134 in the Kuala Lumpur match, took the fight to India with an attacking fifty and added 93 with Ghulam. The pair were aggressive against the spinners and their stand was the most productive, at a rate of 6.48. However, a low return catch by the offspinner Aamir Gani sent back Aslam for 87.

The required rate had soared over 10 and the lower order perished trying to look for boundaries. Ghulam continued to fight it out, improvising well and even putting away yorker length balls to the boundary. But Pakistan were left needing an improbable 62 off the last four overs and Ghulam's century was the only thing to look forward to. He got there in the final over and with the game all but lost, didn't celebrate.

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  • kc69 on January 5, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Sanju Samson the next wicketkeeper batsman who is capable of carrying Dhonis legacy.

  • DhairyBoghani on January 5, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    We have to try Zol, Samson,Bains & Kuldeep yadav along with R.Dhavan at A level. They have skills but need some expirence at A level before going at highest level. Raina is the spot in Indian team I don't think have any future. So these guys can replace him(Zol & Samson both can play at no.4 well.) Best of luck for this young guys.

  • DhairyBoghani on January 5, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    @Sreepathy Dasthe point you miss is captioncy. Zol & Samson both scored 100 but zol's captioncy won MOM for him.

  • on January 5, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Watched the match live at the shj dium yest. Great talents on display and a good game of cricket!

  • pull_shot on January 5, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @Shashi Ktkn Kuldeep yadav is leg spinner but left handed like brad hogg

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    WELL DONE to both teams for playing well. Indian U19 still showing signs, like the seniors, of bowling problems. We need tall scores set up by our batsman to win games. Our senior team also relies on winning ODI games thru tall scores.

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    i had a prevail age to watch the match yesterday at stadium...this guys are rocking...(sanju,zol,sami aslam,k gullam) great international talents coming up....hooda, A khan, millind bowled really well...

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Well done team India.We are proud of you and hope this team will also defend U19 world cup title successfully.

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    The usual suspects, Zol and Samson played as expected and Bains pulled India's wool out of the fire against the Sri Lankan boys but I was disappointed with the other batters. The Pacers [if they can be called that] seem to be in the category of their seniors - USELESS. And, my biggest disappointment I SEE NO LEGSPINNER in the junior team either. In other words India's bowling cupboard is BARE. That kid Sami Aslam looks like he is going to be a royal pain for other team. Consistent scorer and big match scorer.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @ProdigyA.. Didnt you remember Pakistan Beat India in a Group Match few days ago?? And many times in U19 World Cup..

  • kc69 on January 5, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Sanju Samson the next wicketkeeper batsman who is capable of carrying Dhonis legacy.

  • DhairyBoghani on January 5, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    We have to try Zol, Samson,Bains & Kuldeep yadav along with R.Dhavan at A level. They have skills but need some expirence at A level before going at highest level. Raina is the spot in Indian team I don't think have any future. So these guys can replace him(Zol & Samson both can play at no.4 well.) Best of luck for this young guys.

  • DhairyBoghani on January 5, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    @Sreepathy Dasthe point you miss is captioncy. Zol & Samson both scored 100 but zol's captioncy won MOM for him.

  • on January 5, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Watched the match live at the shj dium yest. Great talents on display and a good game of cricket!

  • pull_shot on January 5, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @Shashi Ktkn Kuldeep yadav is leg spinner but left handed like brad hogg

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    WELL DONE to both teams for playing well. Indian U19 still showing signs, like the seniors, of bowling problems. We need tall scores set up by our batsman to win games. Our senior team also relies on winning ODI games thru tall scores.

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    i had a prevail age to watch the match yesterday at stadium...this guys are rocking...(sanju,zol,sami aslam,k gullam) great international talents coming up....hooda, A khan, millind bowled really well...

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Well done team India.We are proud of you and hope this team will also defend U19 world cup title successfully.

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    The usual suspects, Zol and Samson played as expected and Bains pulled India's wool out of the fire against the Sri Lankan boys but I was disappointed with the other batters. The Pacers [if they can be called that] seem to be in the category of their seniors - USELESS. And, my biggest disappointment I SEE NO LEGSPINNER in the junior team either. In other words India's bowling cupboard is BARE. That kid Sami Aslam looks like he is going to be a royal pain for other team. Consistent scorer and big match scorer.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @ProdigyA.. Didnt you remember Pakistan Beat India in a Group Match few days ago?? And many times in U19 World Cup..

  • anshu.s on January 5, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Well done to our Indian boys !!! obviously lot of praise is being showered on Samson and Zol but IMO they have outgrown this level and should be playing for India A, i am also very exited about Ankush Bains he is a explosive stroke player and both he and Samson both are Delhi boys and were coached by the same coach before leaving Delhi because of DDCA politics,Similarly Sarfaraz Khan is another latest young batting star from Mumbai.Among bowlers Avesh Khan is quite quick and left arm Chinaman from UP Kuldeep Yadav takes wickets in heaps for there u-19 side, i haven't seen rest of the guys to pass a qualified judgement but i believe they will all be similarly talented and don't forget they are many who coudn't make the u 19 squad, well done Pakistan you ran India quite close and your future also looks bright, you guys as usual have good bowlers and some good allrounders but your batting seems heavily reliant on Sami Aslam and Kamaran Ghulam.

  • saintsinister on January 5, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @ProdigyA. Didn't Pakistan beat India in India recently??

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    A bowler who cudnt bowl a maiden, with economy rate 5.30 and leaked 78 runs in the FINAL is adjudged as the bowler of the series. What is their justification one would wonder.

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    May I know why Zol is Man of the final over Samson? They both scored the same runs 100 but zol got it from 120 and samson took only 80 balls. Now about the partnerships , zol made 20 with Bains while Samson made 21 with Khan. Number of boundaries also samson is leading. Is there any point that I miss?

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    It is about time to move Sanju Samson from "Work In Progress" to building him for future after MSD. He is an excellent keeper and has good technique for both Tests and ODI, not to mention he is just 18, so by the time MSD will retire we will have him ready.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 5, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    There are enough quality batsmen waiting to move into the senior Indian team. Actually it does'nt take two very good batsmen at one point in time to make a team strong because there are others who have been good enough to be playing for the country at that very point in time. In regard to bowling I feel that India needs a good bowling coach whose language is easily understood by the players or has good communication skills. Not someone whose dialect flies over everyone's head. I thought Shaun Pollock would be good because he himself was a tearaway fast bowler once and has been with Mumbai Indians for some time. The progress that Mitch Johnson has shown could be in some measure due to Pollock's help. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron have the tearaway skills. They could be formidable with some patient coaching. The Indian team could well be K L Rahul, Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Zol,Samson,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Aaron and Yadav. Ishwar Pandey and Shreyas Gopal could be the all rounder options.

  • ProdigyA on January 5, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Pak cant beat India even in U-19. Lol...congrats to the young guns, the batting talent in India is just unbelievable.

  • balajik2505 on January 5, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Vijay Zol looks to be a future India player considering his penchant for big scores. I am not so much worried about the batting as the bowling. Where are the bowlers for India?

  • on January 4, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Well done India congratulations

  • on January 4, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    congrats team India and samson

  • on January 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 I knew it all the time...Well done BOYS!! great job...FUTURE of INDIA looks BRIGHT!!!!

  • StarHawk on January 4, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    @ Sachin O. Khairnar, if Sanju Samson is gonna make it to the Indian team, it will be as a specialist batsman. He does not keep wickets anymore. Bains is the U-19 wk, and Surendran is the Kerala team wicket keeper. Sanju doesn't seem too keen on keeping wickets. Even for Rajasthan Royals, most of the time, it's Yagnik who keeps wickets. If Sanju were to continue to keep wickets, he would've been an obvious choice to be Dhoni's successor in all formats of the game. But still, he's good enough to make it to the Indian team in the future as a specialist batsman.

  • Karthik78 on January 4, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    India won last u19 world (in Australia against Aus in final), last world cup (senior team in India), and last mini world cup (senior team in England against England in final). This period is truly Golden cricket for India. Now India u19 won Asia cup and golden period is extending. Lot of talent is in India and they can easily produce another international team.

  • vish2020 on January 4, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Congrats team India!!!! very proud of the young guns! way to beat our rivals! can't be more proud

  • on January 4, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Indian Cricket is Safe. Two youngsters V.Zol and S. Samson are shown their class by hitting tons. Samson could be the succeeder of MSD. The captaincy of V.Zol shown that. He could able to lead team India in future.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 4, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    For the U19 World cup, Pakistan needs another decent seamer to parnter Zial-ul-Haq. Even ZIa, after so much experience, isn't tight on his line and length and leaks a lot of score.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 4, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Even the opponents praise Sami Aslam's huge talent. He has scored 3 centuries in his 4 first class matches for national bank and then scored 6 centuries in U19 matches this years and all that supported with many big fifties. It is time that he is selected in the national team for a considerable run. And selectors should start selecting boys when they are at the peak of their form. Even Kamran Ghulam is getting ready for an allrounder spot too.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 4, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Who is the coach of this Pakistan U19 team? Wasn't he foolish to advise the captain to bowl first on such a dolly batting wicket. It was surely a 300 wicket and if Pakistan had batted first, they could have put a huge pressure on India by scoring a huge total. Secondly, Pakistani bowlers need a decipline check as they bowled a lot short and leaked 23 extras too. Thirdly, A big congratulations to India for winning the Asia Cup.

  • on January 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    congratulations to team India. well done. I hope u all continue ur hard work in same way show some gusty n consistent performances wherever you go. no matter whom u face. v should even appreciate the fighting spirit shown by pak team. no doubt of talents in pak. in fact they have best talent in whole world. but when it matters most it is bits n pieces. reason for inconsistency. special mention about aslam. wonder kid.

    well done india . continue to rule the world .

    proud Indian

  • on January 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Samson should be groomed as replacement for Dhoni. As he is the young and exciting prospects in the country so after 2 years he can don the Indian test kit. Vijay Zol the another exciting prospect and captaincy material will be the straight swap for Murali Vijay, if later's good form deterioates in year or two. As this two have regularly shown there class in longer format too, it will be not good to keep away them from test team, may after one more Ranji season. The guys to watch out for future are Vijay Zol, Sanju Samson, Unmukt Chand, Manpreet Juneja, Mandeep Singh, Ankit Bawne, Baba Aparjith, K. Rahul.

  • on January 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    That is why India is considered too have the best batting lineup both of these will hv to fight their best against likes of kohli raina sharma dhawan to get an team India Berth guess what all these were at their best in their respective under 19 tournaments

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    England supporters talk about talent coming through the ranks, this and that. THIS is what talent is really about. Indian batting is getting MIGHTY every day. Our bowling is also improving and the BCCI is doing all it can to improve domestic pitches across the country. Soon, India will be a formidable team anywhere on Earth. They already showed glimpses of it in SA during the test series. England can only dream about such talent in their country.

  • batman_gothamcity on January 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Congratulations to the Young guns ...hope we get some decent pacers for senior team.

  • mainul079080 on January 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    To the selectors from a Bangladeshi. Please include Sami Aslam in the main Pakistan team. He seems to be a genuine talent and masterclass. Recent trends of giving debut to aged players in Pakistan team team is the worst tactics. Look at India. Sacchin, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dravid, Raina they all came at an very early age. Sami Aslam is on pick form. This is the high time to include him and Pakistan in search of a opening partner of Shehzad and cant find. But i know all my words are in vain. PCB wiill ruin him as they ruined Fawad Alam....Pakistani selectors i think are the poorest talent spotter among asian countries

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    ankush bains studied in my school

  • nayonika on January 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Well done, India juniors! Quite a few of you should be donning the senior national caps very soon. Good luck to all of you.

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    congratulations to team India and sanju v Samson

  • sensation on January 4, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Drop catches cost the match for pakistan.. how far i know pak bowling is not so bad that teams score so many runs against them.. anyway india win the asia cup i congrats them they palyed better cricket..but there i want to mention the Mr.Consistent of pak u.19 "Sami Aslam" wt a find for paksitan another special knock today this guy has a brilliant future ahead.. Wt responsibility,temprament and class he has keep performing and you will be the future star of pak In Sha Allah..Now wait for another 2 exciting matches betwewn them.. Hoping that it will be 2.. One in the pool match of w.cup and if both teams qualify and win there quater finals then they will again clash in the semi final of w.cup.. Best of luck to both teams..

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Congratulations they made us proud

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Vijay zol nd sanju samson is future of India definitely.. India batting is in very safe hand..

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well done team India..way to go..all the best for u19 wc

  • Nampally on January 4, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Two of the most promising youngsters deservedly carried the Indian team's batting honours each with a century. Vijay Zol & Anju Samson are 2 potential future Indian batsmen. Zol already has a series of big scores in the past matches & Samson showed his class in the IPL last year for Rajasthan. India outplayed Pakistan to take the Asia Cup. Pakistan replied with a fighting century by Ghulam & another fine knock by Aslam of 87. But despite these 2 gallant knocks, Pakistan fell short by 40 runs. Congrats. Team India. Well Done!

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    well done. ...samson hero

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  • on January 4, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    well done. ...samson hero

  • Nampally on January 4, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Two of the most promising youngsters deservedly carried the Indian team's batting honours each with a century. Vijay Zol & Anju Samson are 2 potential future Indian batsmen. Zol already has a series of big scores in the past matches & Samson showed his class in the IPL last year for Rajasthan. India outplayed Pakistan to take the Asia Cup. Pakistan replied with a fighting century by Ghulam & another fine knock by Aslam of 87. But despite these 2 gallant knocks, Pakistan fell short by 40 runs. Congrats. Team India. Well Done!

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well done team India..way to go..all the best for u19 wc

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Vijay zol nd sanju samson is future of India definitely.. India batting is in very safe hand..

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Congratulations they made us proud

  • sensation on January 4, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Drop catches cost the match for pakistan.. how far i know pak bowling is not so bad that teams score so many runs against them.. anyway india win the asia cup i congrats them they palyed better cricket..but there i want to mention the Mr.Consistent of pak u.19 "Sami Aslam" wt a find for paksitan another special knock today this guy has a brilliant future ahead.. Wt responsibility,temprament and class he has keep performing and you will be the future star of pak In Sha Allah..Now wait for another 2 exciting matches betwewn them.. Hoping that it will be 2.. One in the pool match of w.cup and if both teams qualify and win there quater finals then they will again clash in the semi final of w.cup.. Best of luck to both teams..

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    congratulations to team India and sanju v Samson

  • nayonika on January 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Well done, India juniors! Quite a few of you should be donning the senior national caps very soon. Good luck to all of you.

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    ankush bains studied in my school

  • mainul079080 on January 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    To the selectors from a Bangladeshi. Please include Sami Aslam in the main Pakistan team. He seems to be a genuine talent and masterclass. Recent trends of giving debut to aged players in Pakistan team team is the worst tactics. Look at India. Sacchin, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dravid, Raina they all came at an very early age. Sami Aslam is on pick form. This is the high time to include him and Pakistan in search of a opening partner of Shehzad and cant find. But i know all my words are in vain. PCB wiill ruin him as they ruined Fawad Alam....Pakistani selectors i think are the poorest talent spotter among asian countries