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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  • KC_69 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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...

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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..

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