India v Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup 2014, Dubai

Hooda's five-for gives India 40-run win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran in Dubai

February 15, 2014

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India Under-19s 262 for 7 (Sarfaraz 74, Samson 68) beat Pakistan Under-19s 222 (Aslam 64*, Hooda 5-41) by 40 runs
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Sarfaraz Khan brought up his fifty with a six, India v Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, Group A, Dubai, February 15, 2014
Sarfaraz Khan made 74 off 78, took four catches and picked a wicket © IDI/Getty Images
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The first marquee clash of the Under-19 World Cup went India's way in Dubai, thanks to their middle-order reliability and all-round ability. Sarfaraz Khan's 74 was crucial in getting India to a competitive 262, and if that wasn't enough, his four catches and a wicket, and Deepak Hooda's five-wicket haul ensured that Pakistan didn't have an inch of clawing back, despite a steady beginning to the chase. After losing both their warm-ups, India finally hit their straps when it mattered against their toughest opponents in the group.

Despite the final victory margin of 40 runs, the defending champions were tested. Contrasting half-centuries by Sarfaraz and Sanju Samson rescued India from frittering away an aggressive start. Their stand of 119 was the difference between a below-par total and a competitive one on a second-day Dubai pitch that turned and required concentration from the batsmen.

At 94 for 4 in the 20th over, India looked in danger of folding up for less than 262, until Samson and Sarfaraz began the rescue act. It was a partnership that played out in two gears. Both took their time to size up the conditions, assess the situation and act accordingly. Both paced their innings differently. While Samson dropped anchor and ensured one end remained steady, Sarfaraz was given the licence to look for boundaries.

And Sarfaraz didn't restrain himself. He compulsively swept the spinners and was largely successful in finding the gaps. After remaining scoreless for his first 15 deliveries and surviving a dropped chance at slip, he traded the bat for a broom. His first scoring shot was a sweep off the left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar and he continued finding spaces on the on side against all four spinners. He had a close call, though, when he miscued a slog that dropped in front of deep square leg.

The long boundaries meant that the pair was kept busy with the singles. Samson had earlier infused life into the innings when he charged the legspinner Karamat Ali and launched him over long-on. From then on, he was content at grafting his way through, giving Sarfaraz the option to play his shots without worry. Following that six in the 24th over, Samson's next boundary came in the 38th, when he lofted Zia-ul-Haq over cover. Sarfaraz brought up his fifty with a six over long-on, off Zia. He had made up for his slow start, needing just 60 balls for his landmark.

The batting Powerplay was a productive period for India, as both players used their feet against the spinners to loft inside out over the covers to take 36 runs off that block of overs. Pakistan finally had a breakthrough when Sarfaraz mis-hit Gohar over cover and was caught. Samson too was caught, off a top edge and when the pair had departed, India were at a more secure 229 for 6 after 45.1 overs. That helped India pass 250, which in these conditions could prove to be challenging as the tournament progresses.

Some tight bowling by India's opening bowlers kept the Pakistan openers on a leash. Pakistan's first boundary came in the ninth over, off the left-arm seamer Chama Milind, and a few boundaries down the ground helped the openers, Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq, find their groove. They focused on building steadily, looking to set a foundation. Aslam looked comfortable against the spinners and reached his fifty with a slogged four off Kuldeep Yadav.

They took the score to 109 in the 24th over and appeared in a more favourable position. The offspinner Aamer Gani got the first breakthrough when Imam gave the charge and found Sarfaraz at long-off. Though the pace of the partnership wasn't electric, India looked desperate for a wicket and Sarfaraz's celebration was an indication of relief, having finally broken through.

The biggest blow to Pakistan, though, was Aslam's departure. Having primed himself for batting through the innings, he set off from the non-striker's end for a risky single, turned back but couldn't beat Vijy Zol's throw from the off side. Suddenly, Pakistan had two new batsmen at the crease but were still very much in the game, with a required rate of 6.12.

A series of mistakes contributed to Pakistan's slide. Hasan Raza stayed back to a delivery from Sarfaraz that kept low and was bowled. Two balls later, Kamran Ghulam was struggling to make his ground to the bowler's end and was run-out off a direct hit. Bizarrely, the bowler Sarfaraz had accidentally knocked off one bail with his arm before collecting the throw but to his luck, Hooda's throw knocked down the other bail and Ghulam was deemed run-out. Pakistan lacked a power hitter in the lower order to get them going with the asking rate. Hooda ran through the lower order as they looked to hit out.

Pakistan had their moments in both innings where they took control. But they failed to sustain it long enough and Aslam conceded that his side should not have let the initiative slip in the chase. "We were in a very good position while we were chasing and we should never have lost the game from there," Aslam said.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by jeevpaul on (February 17, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

I feel the Indian players looks very matured on the field, except sarfraz, very show off kind of behavior, he is a kid anyway.. these days Pakistani teams (S &U19) missing that PUNCH, once they use to show at least against indians in 80's.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Hats off to Sanju's sensible batting and Sarfaraz's scoring shots. I feel Sanju's matured inning is the main reason for Sarfaraz's batting. Sanju took off all the self-created pressure by Indian batsmen and steadied the innings. Great to see such a strong mental strength in Sanju Samson.

Posted by DanielRob on (February 16, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Congrats India for this win.. what surprised me was the fact that the Indian seamers bowled at better speeds than Pakistani seamers...Both Indian seamers clocked 135+ regularly on that pitch which was slow and low and assisted spin...Good speeds for these young lads.. keep bowling quicker and quicker...but also..Pakistan has better spin arsenal than the Indians... Both Gohar and Karamat bowled very tight line and dint concede too many runs..Hugely impressed by them..Pakistan has by far the best spin attack in this tournament and i wont be surprised if this spin due take Pakistan to the finals because of the slow nature of the wickets in this tournament... Pakistan has to improve their batting a wee bit..certainly they have talent in batting.. if they post 230+ totals in every match then it would b tough for oppositions to chase them..Both Ind n Pak are favorites to win this U19 WC..

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

Four factors that played the major role in this defeat against India:

(1) Given away too many runs, specially pacers were not up to the mark, both opening pacers given away runs @7.50/Over, very poor bowling.

(2) Come on, chasing 262, run rate right from the start should have been 5 in the first 20 years but it was always short.

(3) I could not find a single hard hitter in the whole team who at needy time could have gone in & increase the run rate. All Pakistani batsmen definitely needed some power injections, they were struggling to hit fours.

(4) same old story, coach was sitting like a bamboo stick with nice fancy glasses but no pen or pencil in his hand to make notes, poor match planning both on bowling and batting, if this the case, Pakistan will struggling to reach final but still all the best in the coming games

Posted by BangbangKohli on (February 16, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

@bul98, take a chill pill, India is two time world champion, twice champion trophy and Benson and Hedges cup in 1985, where Pakistan won the world cup only once, and India ranked #1 and test cricket and #! in ODI, so don't even go there! Congrats again men in Blue, win the cup again, good luck!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

@ Naveed Khan, I would like to think that Pakistan would win the World Cup but since the matches are in Dubai with supposedly batting friendly conditions, the chances for Pakistan are low due to the eternal problem of Pakistan batting. If Pak can bat really good in the big games then other teams would certainly have to play out of their skins to beat them as Pak bowling is near excellent at all levels.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan, I have to give it to India that somehow they absorb pressure better than Pakistani players in the WC matches between the two countries, whether senior or Under 19 teams. Though overall, Pakistan may have better of the Indian team but somehow Pak teams finds a way to lose a WC match to India. Hopefully, the correction will start from WC in 2015.

Posted by rezauk on (February 15, 2014, 21:33 GMT)


Wise words - Nice to see somebody appreciatiing their team and being modest in Victory.

Do agree with you - Exposure of India to IPL and professional setup for fielding and today backed by good bowling makes a huge difference.

I'm always disappointed with Pakistan's running between the wickets because more often then not they amble singles not putting any pressure on fielders to make mistakes. I was also taught (at achool) that when running between the wickets if the ball goes behind the facing batsmen it's the call of the non striker and vice versa in front of the wicket. This to me seems a very simple plan which has worked fine for me (run out once) . Just listen to your partners call.

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (February 15, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

well played INDIA !!! great performance. we must give credit to our domestic competitions and the IPL. our younger players have far more exposure to world class players and pressure and that shows in the international competitions. pakistan could have easily won this match but in a pressure match its all about nerves and our boys held their nerves. i hope we win this cup also.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

I loved the attitude of these players....they never gave up....most important of all, the fast bowlers were pitching balls in the right areas, which is a welcome sign for India.

Posted by neanderthal on (February 15, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Considering how successful Zol has been in Ranji trophy, I expect him to dominate this year's U19 wc the way Kohli, Dhawan or Chand did in their times. However, he has not fired so far. Hope he does soon. He and Samson should be the pivot for this team.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 15, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Bul98 pak may lead india but india has won more WC more champ trophies. Currently ahead of them in odi as well as test ranking. Thats enough I guess. If india has played in india then pak has played equal no. Of matches in similar conditions in uae stil they r ahead of pakistan in ranking.

Posted by Edavana on (February 15, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

I was there at the venue, watching the young Indians win. There were 65 young Indian boys aged 10 to 16 from a Cricket Academy in Dubai alongwith their coach, who were cheering the team all through the day. When the match was over, they all lined up outside the exit of Indian players in an orderly fashion, with small replica bats in their hands, hoping to see the Indian team and get autographs from them. But, either the team management or the security staff decided to deny them this opportunity without any consideration. They asked the team bus driver to bring the bus right at the exit and guided the players straight into the bus. It was really sad to see the disheartened kids holding onto their autograph bats- some of them were literally crying. There was no security issue involved- all that they wanted was for the team members to pass by them, sign their bats and get into the bus. But, the high-handedness of the team management (or the security) spoiled their wishes. I felt so bad!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Pakistan would win the World Cup. They are better team, it was not their day.

Posted by bul98 on (February 15, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

@karthik78 PAK nervous against IND, for your info PAK has beaten IND in U19, 5 times, they are leading IND 5-3. First get your stats right and then write. IND only leads in one place over PAK and that's in WC. Otherwise PAK own IND in every thing. Test matches, ODI , ICC Champ trophy....

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 15, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Well played india they r the team to beat this WC

Posted by Karthik78 on (February 15, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Again one more win against Pak in world cup matches (but in U19). Pak is always nervous about playing against India and looses the matches in big occasions.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

najam sethi temporary chairman pcb congratulations for making the team look so bad on the day to appease your fellow member board india incharge of once known a "global" cricket game. This will get pak cricket board no favour's , very short-sighted approach indeed Sir.

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Surprised to see any franchise not interested in Sarfaraz Khan.. He is an attacking all round cricketer and STAR I making .. Will see more great stuff from him in future ..

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

what a chinaman bowler is that fellow...i am a fan

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

sanju well played congrats

Posted by bul98 on (February 15, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Good game by kids from both teams, very little difference between both teams. Hope to see final between these two, that would be a craker. IND won last two against PAK in WC 19 and catching up but PAK still leads by 5-3 in under 19 WC.

Posted by pull_shot on (February 15, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

match was good but i hoped for a nail biter, pakistan lost match in first 8 overs

Posted by Diaz54 on (February 15, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Dropping catches and getting run out is typical.....Pak should have the game. Drop a gi who goes on to get 70 ! Run out at crucial,stages of the game...must be mental,issue.

Posted by shripadk on (February 15, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

India won the match by excellent fielding which cost Pakistan two critical wickets. In the end it was comfortable win for India, but they have few things to iron out for the future in the tournament. Zol somehow have lost his form recently and bowling is an issue. Specially second seamer. Previous U19 Indian teams looked a step above the rest. Barring couple of players in this side, they do not look as ominous as some past U19 squads did. Hopefully they work on that. Otherwise it was a good show. But to win, they need better performances from couple of guys in top order and better, clinical seam bowling. I wont be surprised if there is at least 1 change for next match.

Posted by tickcric on (February 15, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Congrats boys! The cup belongs to India.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 15, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Its early days in the tournament and I hope its only one off for strong pakistan team. congrates to the deserving winners.

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Very much impressed with the temperament of the young guns from both India and Pakistan....the opening platform from India laid the foundation for a challenging total with the middle order chipping in nicely...the leggie karamat and offie hooda were exceptional

Posted by android_user on (February 15, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

sanju, sarfraz, hooda helps 4 team U19 india..sanju anchored the innings very sensible. .sarfraz helped for a decent total..and hooda wins the match fir India

Posted by BangbangKohli on (February 15, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Sabash India! congrats for maintaining the tradition of winning in world cup matches against Pakistan. Hooda and Sarfaraz was outstanding, good luck India!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Very much impressed with sami aslam batting, he plays the ball late and have lot of time to play the ball, certainly future for pakistan, Sanju samson will replace dhoni after the 2015 world cup, India does have off spinning genuine all rounders like hooda and rasool, Ashwin must be scratching his head.

Posted by challagalla on (February 15, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Splendid show India. Pakistan were in the match and lost the game only because of some silly running and unthinking batting. India bowled well and fielding was a surprise. Seems like Indian cricket is in safe hands for the future.

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (February 15, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Well done boys specially hooda and sarfraj.we need to find anothe wicket taking bowler instad of avesh khan because last three matches bowled poorly. any way pak depends on aslam,kamran ghulam and i am weakest bowling in this u-19 world cup.

Posted by anshu.s on (February 15, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Well played Indian boys and tough luck Pakistan , it was unusual to see Indian pacers bowling quicker than Pakistani ones, in the first spell Indians seamers were averaging mid to late 130's K compared to early 130's of Pakistani seamers.I found it ironical and amusing that senior cricketers play shorter formats on very flat wickets with short boundaries while u-19 's are playing on slow turners with huge 80 metres plus boundaries, i seriously hope that quality of pitches improve as we go along in u-19 WC .

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 15, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

congrats India,well played Samson,Sarfaraz and Kuldeep. Pak was in the game untill the 3rd wicket fell,after that Kuldeep was too good.Hope we win the cup again.India looking good.and well played Aslam too

Posted by PK-KID on (February 15, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

2 Run outs Cost us the match:(

Posted by kapsitash on (February 15, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Same old tale for Pakistan yet another beating from the hands of Indians in major tournaments,seems like the younger lot are keen to enhance their seniors records against India in major tournament. LOL. Congratulations India

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

well done Indian team and best of luck for your future

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

congrats India19 , u guys did well... and for Pak better luck next time :-)

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

gr8 bowling show by hooda and india wins the match in style common boys bring the cup again :)

Posted by android_user on (February 15, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

solid snake today i saw him in match commentator said he scored 1500 runs with avg of 100 vs india

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

sami aslam should play in Pakistan national team

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 15, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Sarfraz batting looks ugly but it was effective , Samson was class anchored the innings, Sami and Emam straight drives are awsome

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 15, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

@Tarun Goyal: You ask who is Sami Aslam & then you say amazing talent lol..You know Sami Aslam or not :P

Posted by android_user on (February 15, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

who is sami aslam that guy should be playing for pak now amazing talent frm indian fan

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 15, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

this should be a simple win for Pak. But strange things can happen. Yes. Pak lost first wicket just now.

Posted by Meharasad on (February 15, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

Sami Aslam has the most U19 ODI runs (454*) by any batsman v India and most centuries (3).

Posted by Meharasad on (February 15, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Come on boys, you can do it, slow & steady wins the race.

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