England v India, U-19 World Cup quarter-final, Dubai

England in semi-finals after final-over win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran in Dubai

February 22, 2014

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England Under-19s 222 for 7 (Duckett 61, Kuldeep 3-46) beat India Under-19s 221 for 8 (Hooda 68, Sarfaraz 52*, Fisher 3-55) by three wickets
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Matthew Fisher took three Indian wickets early, India v England, Under-19 World Cup 2014, quarter-final, Dubai, February 22, 2014
Matthew Fisher jolted the Indian batting with the wickets of Akhil Herwadkar, Sanju Samson and Ricky Bhui © ICC
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An Under-19 World Cup quarter-final involving India goes down to the wire, by default. England's eighth-wicket pair of Rob Jones and Rob Sayer held their nerve in a stand of 23 to take them home in the final over in their chase of 222, knocking out defending champions India. England looked favourites to get home comfortably at one stage, with Ben Duckett leading the way with a fifty before India's spinners seized control. But it came down to the team with the more reliable lower-order depth as England booked their place in the semi-finals.

It was a match that ebbed and flowed. England's fast bowlers pinned India down to 24 for 4 before their lower order, led by Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan shored them up to a competitive 221. It was then a contest between England's batsmen and India's spinners. Duckett's handling of the slower bowlers gave England the confidence that they could pull a win after a shaky start, but a few false shots that found the fielders brought India back into the game.

Duckett ensured that England didn't buckle under pressure against India's three spinners by employing the reverse sweep. England took the Powerplay in the 19th over and Duckett took on Hooda's offspin by fetching two boundaries to third man with the reverse sweep. He meted out the same treatment to Yadav, too, reverse-sweeping him for a four in front of square.

Ed Barnard and Duckett had added a positive 76 for the fourth wicket before Barnard gave Aamir Gani the charge and holed out to long-on. A few overs later, Duckett took the gamble of giving Kuldeep Yadav the charge and lobbed the ball to cover. Taking on India's strike spinner wasn't the smartest thing to do at that stage and England needed a lower-order rescue of their own.

India had another opening when Will Rhodes was beaten for turn by Yadav, with his side in trouble at 148 for 6. An error of judgment in the outfield, though, gave England a foothold and perhaps ruined India's chances in the final analysis. Clarke, on 8, tried to clear long-on but Hooda ran forward too quickly and the ball ended up sailing over him and to the boundary. Clarke went on to score 42 and brought the match back in England's favour.

India used spin from both ends, even introducing the part-timer Sarfaraz to contain the runs. Clarke charged Gani and launched him over extra cover before slogging Yadav to deep midwicket. However, when he tried to repeat the shot in the same over, he miscued a slog and Vijay Zol took a running catch backwards.

It came down to 15 needed off 12 but India conceded a crucial boundary off the last ball of the 49th over to bring it to four off six balls. Hooda dished out a low full toss down the leg side which Jones swept to fine leg with the fielder up. Sayer finished the job the next ball with a slash over point, sparking off wild celebrations.

England wouldn't have expected to be chasing 222 given the way they started with the ball. Matthew Fisher's fuller lengths had Akhil Herwadkar, Sanju Samson and Ricky Bhui edging behind the wicket. They eerily found themselves in a similar situation to the one in Townsville in 2012, reeling at 8 for 3 against England on a foggy morning in Dubai. Rewind to 2010 in Lincoln, and India were 2 for 3 in the first over, against Pakistan. Those games went down to the wire too.

At 24 for 4, the bad dreams of the Scotland game resurfaced but interestingly, Hooda was promoted over Sarfaraz, who had bailed India out twice.

The bowlers kept Zol and Hooda on a leash, giving away only two boundaries in the first 20 overs. Hooda broke a boundary drought that lasted nearly 16 overs when he charged the offpsinner Sayer and slammed one over cover. Zol and Hooda looked more at ease against spin, with Zol driving powerfully past cover. He fell punching Sayer to Duckett who took a low catch at cover. His 48 helped India add 87 after their early wobble.

Once the sun came out, the ball came on better and the shorter balls were easier to put away, as Hooda targeted the deep-midwicket boundary. In between, he kept looking for singles, dabbing it wide of the keeper with no slip catchers around. A run-out ended his innings on 68, when Jonathan Tattersall's diving under-arm throw hit the stumps.

India managed 24 off the batting Powerplay, but the bigger impact was reserved for the last ten overs, in which they managed 74. Sarfaraz enhanced his reputation as a finisher, and ended the innings in style with consecutive boundaries over cover, pounding his chest with his bat while walking back and gesturing to the India fans. Despite Sarfaraz's efforts, India discovered later that they were still short.

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Posted by anshu.s on (February 24, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

@Naresh28, i don't know which match you were watching but the match we all saw both Indian pacers were bowling in mid 130's and on occasion late 130's they were atleast five k quicker than there English counterparts,so by no account they were slow pacers as you put it, instead of relying on stereotypes and generalistions it is always better to watch the actual game and then comment.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 24, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

Poor start by the Indian top order. They all seemed to have been going HARD at the pace bowlers - this will result in slip/wicky catches. With our slow pacers it was always going to be easy for England to overcome the score. This Indian team did not deserve to go any further then they got. There was lots lacking.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 23, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

This is typical performance by an India team. Regardless of whether it is our juniors or seniors, we fold under pressure from better teams. BCCI is unaware that it is presiding over a systemic rot of the "performance" aspects of the game - performance has only one goal - a Win under all circumstances. We are instead obsessed with the "process" of nurturing under-performers with gentle claps amongst chants of "well played".

Posted by JG2704 on (February 23, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

@salazar555 on (February 22, 2014, 13:51 GMT) Let's not get carried away here. It was a great victory by our side but Pakistan will be as tough. All these teams seem closely matched

Posted by ABKhanISB on (February 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

@ F.Hashimi

Didnt Afghan under 19 lost the series to Pakistan under 19 recently ?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 23, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

@anshu.s on (February 22, 2014, 14:17 GMT) (and a few others who have had the good grace to give our English side some credit) - I thought it was an excellent seesawing game of cricket which could have gone either way. There was brilliance and vulnerability from both sides and both sides dropped comfortable catches which could have been game changers.It looked to me like another game where your bowlers were going to strangle us but we just about prevailed. It has been a tournament with some great closely fought games - we were on the wrong end vs SL but on the right end here. I suppose re the format - there isn't enough interest to drag the tournament out much longer. We have another tough game vs Pak tomorrow. I fear failure but it would be a great fillup for our country's cricket after recent months if we go on to win it

Posted by JG2704 on (February 23, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

@wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 14:19 GMT) 1stly I don't reckon the guy you responded to is English as we don't refer to ourselves as Pommies etc. 2ndly - You're out of order re Tres and Trott. Tres become very ill on one of his tours and returned home. However he went on all the tours between 2000 and 2005 where England were on the wrong end of it most of the time so no one can say Tres dipped out at the first sign of trouble on the cricket field. Re Trott (who is obviously South African when he is doing well but English when he leaves tours?) , no one (outside the camp and maybe only Trott himself) knows how bad his situation got. Maybe it wasn't so bad but he didn't want risk getting into the state Tres got? I hope that is the case and if ignorant people see it as quitting then so be it. I'm glad that we have some understanding of stress/mental conditions. Life is more important than winning a cricket match

Posted by haq33 on (February 23, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Rohit. That is ridiculous. Indian cricket attracts Indian fans. There are so many of them because your country is so populous, 1.2 billion in case U forgot. It is not the quality of Indian cricket that attracts Indian fans as they will always watch India matches out of patriotism. And more channels and websites will cater for them as it is more profitable purely due to numbers of patriotic fans. For example, how many Indians are following the intriguing SA-Aus series? Not many probably. Pak matches would likewise attract packed arenas if played in Pak - U know this well.

Posted by regofpicton on (February 23, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

It is rather disappointing to see the same paranoid and often near-psychotic remarks about the various teams, and especially about the organisation of the under-19 tournament, as appear in the comments on the "grown up" game. If only we were all actually to grow up! The thing that strikes me about the tournament results is how even most of the teams are. As well as Afghanistan beating Australia (go you good things!) we have the runner up in group D beating the winner in group A, and the runner-up in group A beating the winner in group D. More than anything else this suggest to me that this game of ours is going to continue to be fascinating and unpredictable for years to come. Cricket lovely cricket . . .

Posted by kamran85 on (February 23, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

@InsideHedge Average has importance for top order... If not than why your media was showing averages before defeat. Think about your cricket intelligence

Posted by alipk52 on (February 23, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

I guess now it's real test for Pakistan U19 team with India out from tournament, Pakistan will have to face tough teams and serious skills needed to pull it off, Best of luck team Pakistan, I hope the recent unbeatable record against England u19 will keep Pakistan's spirit and confidence high.

Posted by JohnSnider on (February 23, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

I saw India Pak game but notice Pakistan had very strong team that was beaten by India and it defies all logic why and how Pak lost that match after century stand.

The world has never produced EXCITING cricketers like Pakistan. So if no Pakistan cricket is like cardboard hamburger

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 23, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

@Posted by Peter_Jones2012 on (February 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT) Wether India plays well or not has got nothing to do with you, why are you so bothered?. What has population got to do with anything. Do you mean in sports world cups must have India or China to win just because they have large populations? Next soccer World Cup winners should be China just becos of population? grow up! Your interest in India clearly suggest beyond doubt you are a Pakistani who can't get over the World Cup record of 9-0 whitewash in world cups! Beat India in a World Cup then talk! until then accept India's record against Pakistan and get on with life

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 23, 2014, 1:50 GMT)

England have had a topsy-turvy tournament thus far, something that is set to continue when they get knocked out of the U19 World Cup at the semi-final stage against Pakistan.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (February 23, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

It seems whatever the age level or format the lack of credit to the opposition when India are beaten is a constant, save maybe 1%. To win the toss and decide to bat given the conditions is arrogant at best and the action of a buffoon at worst, if England hadn't dropped a couple of dollies it would have been a chase of 150ish.

Posted by F.Hashimi on (February 23, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

did't Afghanistan under19 just bowled out Pakistan under19 in Pakistan for just 53 runs? I guess they did. ummm

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 23, 2014, 0:05 GMT)

Can you all tell me one successful indian batsman from 1958 1970 1982 1994. I really wonder.

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

At least there is something left for England

Posted by tonykhan317 on (February 22, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

The fact is that when a team loses quick wickets earlier on it is hard to set a great total. The middle and lower order batsmen tried to set up a fighting score. One can question the wisdom of holding back Sarfraz and this May have had a bearing on the match. But for once lets just say that England held their nerves when it mattered and on the day the better team won.

Posted by baskar_guha on (February 22, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

What is great to see is the raw intensity and emotions of the teams in the knock out stage. They are not yet professional players (at least most of them) and so they play from their hearts. This England India match was a classic see-saw but the better team on the day won. Looking forward to the remaining matches.

Posted by saifiub on (February 22, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

@Rohit don't worry no more Indian matches Live............You should live in peace now as India team is now Out

Posted by LeeHallam on (February 22, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Rather puzzled to read comments on a report on an England win to find them, all about India and Pakistan. So will talk about the actual match: Some very impressive performances on both sides, Yadev looks a future star for India. Well done to Ben Duckett, that was a fantastic little innings, well backed up by the lower order. Sayer looks a very composed spinner, and Fisher and Wishart were very impressive. Great entertainment from both sides, but while India kept pulling themselves back into it, they never got on top. Looking forward to the Semi, which all you Pakistani fans will be able to watch I am sure. Mind you the lack of a report on the Pakistan v SL match is a little odd.

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Stop bashing india as they will always be the giants of cricket. These upsets happen and will keep happening now and then. The only reason they pull in so much money playing cricket is that their people love cricket madly. And as far as sub continent final is concerned, well it's under 19 cup and not an Asia cup.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

it was the near perfect cricket game . both sides equally did well but England was inch ahead coz of their lower order Persistent determination. well wishing you guys a good luck ahead.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

and now horror for engmland In semi. ....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

@Inside_hedge why u look so frustrated in your comments. you said kiwis have worst record overseas than india. man look for recent record of last 2-3 years in overseas and india 1 victory in the road of hobart against sri lanka. other than that they are winless. while kiwis won series in SA, ENG and drew in AUS. and how you predict what will happen in T20 WC and WC2015. i mean few hours back people like you were predicting india will win U-19 world cup.

Posted by SR84 on (February 22, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Down with the big three! Well atleast one of them any ways!

Posted by anshu.s on (February 22, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Yeah one more thing, to all those saying Indian teams never win abroad you would do well to take notice of the fact that this current u-19 team had won all four tournaments which they had participated in leading to this compettion and three of those were held abroad including an win in Australia, we won the last u-19 WC which was also held in Australia , as far as senior team is concerned they won champions trophy in England and a triseries in WI,anyways when did conditions in UAE qualify to termed as "abroad" for subcontinent teams.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (February 22, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Oh man too bad Pakistan wont get chance to kick ind out..Pak vs eng!!!

Posted by ahassan on (February 22, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

I am from Pakistan and wanted India to win this QF and above all wanted a classical Final between these two sub-continent teams. I was surprised when I found out that Pakistan will be playing SF against England and it means that it would have been a SF between Pakistan and India had India won this QF. Did anybody notice that whoever made the groups made sure that only one team out of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka could qualify for the Final. They planned perfectly before the tournament that one team goes out of the tournament in QF and another in SF even if they are the best three teams of the tournament.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

you did okay! This is an U19 team and I'm pretty happy. The future looks great. The disappointment shows that they take their cricket seriously. Don't forget Virat, pujara, jadeja, Sharma were all part of a failed 2006 wc campaign went on to represent India, none of the other U19 teams managed to groom so many of their prospects . Samson looks a class above, need to groom him. Not to forget the victory against Pakistan, that looked pretty comprehensive.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

India and Indians fans must now know that their team is considered elite and from that elitism tag is pinned on you every other team is coming to get you. Big money don't save on field performance, the total was not enough for a convincing win. After watching pakistan and India i think pakistan as a very solid team. Bad decision to use spin bowling in the penultimate over i would go for pace. well a new U-19 champion will be crowned and that makes the tournament more excited moving on. England finally overcome the quarter finals obstacle and deserve their win. great going for the future of the sport and great to see teams from outside test playing nations taken part.

Posted by Rohit... on (February 22, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

@Iltaf182778 : Another JEalous fellow.... Indian Matches are displayed because they are the front-runners in the game... Pity your team couldn't attract the mass towards the game... Live happily with ur jealousy, forever.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Indians need to correct their attitude as they are keeping a blind eye to their performance outside India which would prove dem lions at home only. This observation stands valid for Junior as well as senior team. recent performance in South Africa n new Zealand is testimonial to the fact. If you people would follow the same den u wod remain good for conspiracies only. You are heading no where it's time to pul up ur socks n let this game remain a game. ;)

Posted by anshu.s on (February 22, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11 , nice try there mate pretending to be an Indian fan,have seen enough of your earlier posts to make that judgement, as i wrote earlier i am gutted with Indian team losing but atleast we have the consolation of beating Pakistan very convincingly in the group stage and talking about this match anybody can lose in a knockout situation if they have a bad day , looking into future some of the really good players will represent senior Indian team, if not they will go on to make a very decent living playing Ranji Trophy and the IPL, what about Pak players, they will have to wait 10years for there chance before the likes of Misbah,Afridi,Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik finally retire, well since i am neither a one eyed hater or a troll i predict that Pakistan are heavy favorites to lift the trophy especially since India are out, i used to think Pakistan batting is just about Sami Aslam but others have chipped in as well, but no one can deny our seamers are quicker than Pak ones.

Posted by Iltaf182778 on (February 22, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

one extremly gud thing is india lost. n it was disapointed too see every match of india on tv poor others.. why india were live telecasted every match this is rediculos.. but its really nice to see india out of the contest..

Posted by Iltaf182778 on (February 22, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

wow awesome man verry verry happy today.. i would have been very disapointed had india won after 24 for 4... i would have been even happy had england took the catches of zol, bhul and khan,, it would have been an easy win had those been taken.. remember zol was on 5 and bhul was on 0.. india would have been 65 all out had those been taken but never the lesss extrealy happy england won n most importantly pakistan won... great stuff

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Sarfaraj has been the standout performer for India.But the pity is lack of any noticeable development on the fast bowling front.More so because the allround drubbing of the senior team has accentuated the need for a fast bowling genius or two to redress India's fast bowling woes.Gani,Hooda,yadav and sarfaraj took bulk of the wickets but all of them unfortunately happen to be spinners/part time spinners.The quickies like Chama and Monu were good only in shades.Ultimately, the fate of India's U19 side reaffirms the weaknesses inherent in our bowling department be that of the sr. or the jr. side and the very structure responsible for breeding quality bowlers.The bottomline then is the mundane ploy to win matches on the strength of spin bowling only is coming a cropper in crunch situations leading to defeat. No surprises why the growing belief that & quote India is a paper-tiger or India is a powermouse & amp is being lent credence to by such fiascos as India u19 crashing out of WC

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

I am impressed by the England Team. I would bet on them to win the Tournament, I think WI and Pakistan would be other close challengers. It is sad that Pakistan is being sidelined in International Cricket (BCCI Prejudice) otherwise in Raw talent they are at the top.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

@Hammad Kayani Funny you mentioned that. India won the Champions trophy in ENGLAND winning every match by HUGE MARGINS, like wins by 80-200 runs or by 8-9 wickets in hand kind of wins. And Pakistan lost EVERY match in the same tournament, highlighting their inability to play swing bowling and also inability of their bowlers to bowl well in outside the dusbowls of UAE. I am not saying India is the best team overseas, its far from the that. However Pakistan is just as bad as India if not worse playing outside their dustbowls.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 22, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

@Peter_Jones2012: Good bit of WUMing there but I'll take the bait anyways: If India are as poor as you make out then you shouldn't be bragging too much about your recent Test win.

The reality is that you were fortunate to win the 1st Test, it could easily have been an Indian win, a lot closer than that 40 runs margin suggests. As for the 2nd Test, you were never going to win. Green wickets against an opposition with a stronger bowling attack (most Test nations) will see you lose more often than not.

Finally, YOUR overseas record is WORSE than India's which is saying something :) We'll see a return to normality as soon as you return to your favourite destination: Bangladesh. Good luck in the World T20 :) And get your hankies ready for the 2015 World Cup where it will AGAIN all end in tears for you.

Kiwis pretty much everyone's 2nd fav team....now don't let lack of grace ruin it.

Posted by jasonsmithkiwi on (February 22, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Fisher looks like a good prospect for England. He needs the right guidance though. Expected India to win given the pitche and conditions were similar to India. It's much tougher for teams such as England and New Zealand etc. But looks like India is losing matches on flat pitches as well. #Mudgalreport #Bookies

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Zol is nt capten material. .only sarfaraz and sanju only talents...

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 22, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Congrats to England, a good win for them.

India came in as favourites for this WC but the top order has surprisingly been shaky in all the matches. Against Scotland, they were 22-5 and could have lost. Still, plenty of positives, there seem to be a few decent cricketers in the squad. Good luck to them for the future.

@LateefLabeeb: "Average" would be doing kind to your cricketing intelligence.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

A lot was expected of this team .. Samson missed this great opportunity

Posted by Desihungama on (February 22, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

With India out Pakistan can play without pressure and go on to win the tournament. I was looking forward to a semi final clash between these two but oh well there is Asia Cup coming. With recent happenings not related to cricket, I dare say this hurtful Pakistan Team is going for the wins in all major tournaments Under 19 WC, Asia Cup and World T20 and WC2015 like never before and will will 3 out of 4.

Posted by Yousufahmed11 on (February 22, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

I think our U19 players are also overhyped as most of our seniors. Look at the averages of Zol and Sanju in this series and the domestic level. In this series even players from CAN, SCO, ZIM and AFG have better averages. Both have more than 40 first class averages which none of the U19 players other countries have. Is the reason our domestic level is so poor or these players are overhyped? Look at the stats of Sami Aslam and Imam. They are simply superb. Our cricket is going down day by day while teams like AFG are emerging so fast.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

@Ankit Sethi - You remind me of Choota Chaitan in whatever that Indian movie was ! Keep dreaming Kiddo , your team can't win overseas (Beep Beep) Sad Story ! :)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

As an England fan I only think we owe the win to a gutsy performance, a quality innings by Duckett and a below-par India. Ultimately I think there's more potential in this India team. Going forward I think Kuldeep Yadav is a great prospect and one to watch for the future. Great to see a left-arm chinaman in the game. I wish England could produce bowlers with more variety. Pakistan favourites for the tournament now.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Pakistan should now win the WC

Posted by LateefLabeeb on (February 22, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

I am extremely delighted to see indian losing this match...that shows what kind of talent they have an average one...so india is out and Pakistan going strong

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Sad Story for Indian Team ! Well you can't win Tournaments based on how strong you Financially are .. You are Champions only at your Den , take that Out you team is not even worth Zimbabwe or Kenya ! So before pointing your fingers at Pakistan , atleast learn how to play the game and WIN the game Off course ! :)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

cant expect to win every time. let us encourage them. we certainly have some good talents in Zol, Samson,Kuldeep Yadav,Deepak Hooda and Sarfraz Khan. Let us give proper attention and devolop these talens. The should be natured and eased into Ranji Trophy Tournaments and allow them to develop. They should not be under any circumstances rushed into senior side!! Every body cannot be a Sachin or Virat !!

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

@ Ankit Sethi , Yes we also want to beat india in every game. And if not we should have good stats than india. thats why we are glade on india out and Pakistan in semi.... Good luck Pakistan

Posted by cricket_field on (February 22, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

@ Peter_Jones2012 why you correlate country population into cricket ? Not everyone in a country playing sports and in a selection process. The day which team played better they will won and without talent they can't play for their country.Just writing comments is very easy.We should imbue our players and never disgrace.

Posted by VPSrivastava on (February 22, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Indian team from start was looking very shaky. For whole tournament, its upper and middle order continued to wobble. Skipper Zol was total flop and some of his decisions need scrutiny like what was the need to play Ricky Bhui who was failed to score and whose replacement Shreyas Iyer was dropped who had performed in previous match. None of the top 4 (both opener, skipper Zol and Ricky Bhui ) could play long innings. They reached to qurter final due to performance of mainly Sarfraz Khan and Kuldeep Yadav with support of Sanju Samson and Deepak Huda, rest all were average/below average.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

in sha allah pakistan must be the finalist

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

From Pakistani Fan... Hard luck for India. i think the only resin Indian top order not click in all matches sply ZOL and BAINS

Posted by DanielRob on (February 22, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

@Danish Prior to this world cup, this Indian team had won 4 tournaments which involved all strong teams.. and were played both in the sub continent and also away..one was played in Australia.. they won each title rather convincingly. So they were favorites to win this WC..and defend their title.. so i guess they got all their matches 2 b shown on tv.. coming to pakistan.. my 2nd fav was always Pakistan..i still blv Pak has better spin attack than Ind..(except Kuldeep).. what surprised me was Pak batting.. they are really batting well.and i want them to bat well in coming matches..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Sad to see India getting out , but they were the defending champions , not every tournament can be won ! Looking forward to Asia Cup , luckily our best friend Sri Lanka would be there to ensure we have a decent outging :D , hopefully Kohli will lift the trophy , want Pakistan to be beaten in all games :)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

India never looked a threat against anyone, start from Pakistan, Sami Aslam run out was turning point, against Scotland they lost 5 wickets of 25, and again against England, India gets tv coverage, priorities but performance is zero, where as Pakistan has proved over n over again that Pakistan Can not be ignored in any format of the game. perfect result for Pakistan, India out, Pakistan thrashed Sri lanka and I would say slightly easy semi final against England. Come on Pakistan go all the way!

Posted by Iftikhar_Alam on (February 22, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

well done England team. Congratulation. Also Well done PAKISTANI heroes. Now the U-19 is our...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Yayyyyy...Pakistan in & India out

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Despite poor batting in league matches by Ankush Bains, Akhil Herwadkar they were persisted in knock out match. does India u19 not have bench strength? Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda and Kuldeep Yadav bailed India out in almost all matches. Zol despite very good domestic performances failed justify his talent. Very dissapointed overall to see India U19 go out of U19 world cup.

Posted by mensan on (February 22, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

Nothing to worry. This is just U-19 match. hahaha. Zol and Samson will rock in IPL. :)

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

@Chak-Dey -- u should check your stats for Tendulkar and Gavaskar. Esp Gavaskar against WI. I agree with u that India does struggle overseas but your comment about Gavaskar and Tendulkar aren't true

Posted by DanielRob on (February 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Very very poor captaincy from Zol... how can he give Hooda the 49th over with Kumar still having 5 ovrs left?? 2 things turned the match in Eng's favor.. 1> Missed catch by Hooda 2> Hooda's 49th over.. Blunder by Zol.. He will forever curse himdelf by giving that over to Hooda and not a seam bowler.. The 48th over was bowled by Milind- a seamer.. he bowled it so well.. seeing that still Zol opted for Hooda..Zol spoiled the party.. this was a World Cup winning quad for Ind.. they had the talent.. Sorry Zol.. but you disappointed us all... you dint perform well also throughout the tournament..being the leader and the best batsman in the side yiou should have lead from the front.. disappointed..Sarfaraz khan is a good talent.. he needs to be nurtured and so is Kulddep yadav..

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 22, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

@big_bond75: 'performance of Afg team!' they were clobbered by BD w/ 10 wkt, got lucky with Aus off day to go thru

Posted by nandanLeo on (February 22, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Haha ..Peter_Jones2012 India has won 2 ODI World Cups and 1 T20 World Cup . They have won the U-19 World Cup 3 times and were the defending champions before they were knocked out. So mate please get your facts right before making any silly generic statements. How many World Cups have NZ won? Didnt the senior side lose 0-4 to Bangladesh recently :)

Posted by anshu.s on (February 22, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Congrutulations to England for making it to semi finals, but as an Indian fan i am absolutely gutted . Vijay Zol captaincy has been poor throughout the tournament , he has been very defensive in his field placements and one dimensional in his bowling changes, although India has lost and will now vie for 5th position playoffs but bowling has been a revelation, Kuldeep Yadav has been just terrific and will soon find himself in senior team if keeps performing like that, seamers have been surprisingly quick with Milind,Monu Kumar and Avesh Khan all touching mid to late 130's. Hooda despite his dropped catch and costly 2nd last over looks like a good allrounder while in batting Sarfaraz Khan looks like a star in making . Ricky Bhui and Captain Vizay Zol in particular have been big flops,Zol neither has a tight teqnique nor a big range of shots...strange format icc u-19 WC has, you have one bad match and you are out, why not have a super 6 after the group stage just like you have in seniors

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

its disappointing as India has good bunch of players I think they were complacent and not having tough match in the earlier stages made the difference to lose in the knock out stagesĀ° still India's record in U19 is better than many other nations

Posted by chak-day on (February 22, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Typical indian performance. does not matter their senior team or U19. All same, out of india they are ZERO. Even the greatest Tundulkar, gavaskar never played well against the brilliance of fast bowlers like shoaib, imran, windies etc.

Posted by WhoIsSachin_lol on (February 22, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

@Johnny. Yea mate, politics plays a huge role with the team selection in India. Despite some good talent, players from certain communities are given less chances compared to others. Good example of this is :Varun Aaron and Stuart B. I really can't imagine something like this taking place in NZ, even in Aussie. We have had several Indian spinners in our Black Caps set-up. More inclusive society I guess. Anyway, supporting the Poms to take the title.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

this team was not capable of defending the title to be honest although they were having class like sanju Samson but this is modern day cricket where one man army is not enough. moreover england played at their full potential and deserved to win

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

And guys its just an U 19 world cup of course for boys playing the tournament it is the biggest opportunity of their life. But to comment that vijay zol is the worst captain ever seen is ridiculous.Its a pity hardly any of these guys get into regular teams though .Since last WC only Aus and SA have picked 1 each player for International cricket. I remember Reece Topley and Jamie Overton were also playing but they have not had a break yet. Steven Finn came from U 19 and David Saker spoilt him.Even for India since Virat kohli no one has been blooded in.So I think selectors do not give U 19 as much importance as First class and so we shouldn't make such radical comments.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 22, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Congrats England Youngsters ! Well played. You guys deserved the victory. It's quite slow & spin friendly track and beating so much powerful India U19 is superb team effort. Cheers !

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

Wow Pakistan top order is so good pity they will keep on choosing hafeez and hardly anyone will represent pak Intl team

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 22, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

so much ind ... bye bye to the confident zol or whatever his name

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

india. is out very very. happy

Posted by Peter_Jones2014 on (February 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

indian players have more experience compared to kiwi or even the poms. most of our kiwi lads are school boys and have limited experience. indian players had so much playing time, experience and support compared to the poms and kiwis. why does india continue to struggle despite having 1.2 billion people. it's not like they do well in other sports as well. India taking on our all blacks? nah.

Posted by Peter_Jones2014 on (February 22, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

wow, good on ya pommies for getting this win ay. conditions were easier for india and they still lost. i guess india chocked. india has the 2nd largest population in the world yet they still can't dominate. even our kiwi lads taught them how to play cricket. hope the afghan lads goes through ay. exciting group of players. cheers

Posted by salazar555 on (February 22, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

England will win now, they will steam roll Pakistan and win the final. England have beaten the favourites and now they are the favourites.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

another big 3 is going to bite the dust in Sa

Posted by big_bond75 on (February 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Hey guys give them a break. Its a game and these are under 19 players. Indeed Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson are playing with more professional leagues like Ranji/IPL but still they are under 19, an age where they shud enjoy there outings. I am impressed with Sarfraz Khan and Hooda. But I am equally impressed by the performance of this Afganistan team too!!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Another Big 3 is going to be dethroned SA

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Another big 3 getting good beating in SA.

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

49th was such worst decision Monu Kumar was better prospective surely. Mr. Zol u disappointed us as a captain u should have some faith on ur medium pacers n fast bowlers too.

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

49th was such worst decision Monu Kumar was better prospective surely. Mr. Zol u disappointed us as a captain u should have some faith on ur medium pacers n fast bowlers too.

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Good Bye india. come on Pakistan

Posted by SR84 on (February 22, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

India out of the tournament. Good fight after a dismal start but England was always on top. Great finish by the English lads.

Im sure it must be financially, a very disappointing result for the BCCI and the big three.

Posted by mensan on (February 22, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Well played England. Congrats. England again prevalied over India in Asian conditions. The hype created around Zol and Samson should end now.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

indian go home for tears hahahaha

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

oh my hooda u have dropped the ICC u19 world cup....

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

i will back Pakistan to win the cup....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

india lost because they were overconfident thought that the WC is for them to take the indian media hypes their players so much that they believe they are world beaters apart from kuldeep no bowler from the team can make to international level instead of hooda kuldeep shouldve bowled the 2nd last over zol has played the ranji trophy with all his experience and hype what has he done the asia cup was held in UAE and india won so you cant say that they were not used to conditions the conditions were subcontinental

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

semis: Pak vs Eng , AUS vs SA on some basis....

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

congrats to England and also Pakistan on reaching the semis..

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

@TNAmarkFromIndia Its not hooda's over, it is his drop catch of clarke when england needed 58 off 58

Posted by Diaz54 on (February 22, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

England are through, it looks like this will set precedent for the senior team who will tour in the summer. Good effort for the English. Big 1 does favour to big 2! this same team lost 7-0 against Pakistan u 19 in the summer in England, and now the tally is 11-0 after friendlies in Dubai. statics don't bode well for Pakistan....I hope they go one to win the tournament!1

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

I see a xerox copy of the 16 year old Sachin in Sarfraz. Will he get all the opportunities Sachin got? I doubt it. The game has become a lot more politicised these days. Especially in India.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

cong to England reaching semi after beating favourite India.

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Catches win matches......

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Biggest of the big 3 in real trouble... now even juniors follow the seniors.... if india hav so much money does not mean u rule.... look at afghanistan and pakistan witout cricket at home... playing much better then india.... b coz if u r good u have to prove it... and place will be away from home...

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 22, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Hooda drop catch cost us the winning.......

Posted by naadnat on (February 22, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

this is a sign of things to come for indian cricket for the rest of the decade.onfield performance has deteriorated for the last 2 years.u cant write it off saying it is just a loss for u19 team.unless a spark happens like yuvraj's 6 sixes, we have a very thorny road ahead which will be painfull for every indian cricket fan but not bcci.i have already forgotten the 2015 world cup.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Goodbye India!!!

Posted by f0x88 on (February 22, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

What kind of captain would use a spinner in the 49 th over.....Vijay zol ur the worst captain ever seen.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

its Pakistan's world cup from now on

Posted by jb633 on (February 22, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

Excellent effort from the England lads. Nobody gave them a hope to beat the fancied Indian side. Well done

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Vijay Zol 's big talking and publicity time ends. Its Sarfraz Khan who deserves a lot not Vijay Zol. Good Luck Sarfraz for your future, dream tournament for you!

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

only can say good try Indian bowlers. they have nothing to save but they tried and made match even

Posted by salazar555 on (February 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Come on England, win win just win

Posted by Waqs77 on (February 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Pakistan won..through to the semi, india out

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

india lost well done england

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (February 22, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Horrible decision by Vijay Zol to bowl Hooda in the penultimate over. That cost us the match.

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

match has worth to watch

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Brilliant decision there by India. At 24/4, you couldn't risk your most explosive batsman. You needed consolidation. Reserve him for when the bowlers are tired, and he can capitalize.

No politics, just very smart cricket.

Btw, i did watch the inning.

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

India is striking again. Exiting match to watch

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

Is it going to be 2nd upset of tournament after Afg beat Aus. Every team said one finalist can be India and we want to be competing with them.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (February 22, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Safaraz is the best thing to happen to Indian cricket since Kohli & Pujara came into prominence. He can go on to be a great player. He needs to be given opportunities early to aid his fast development. Here, I sense a bit of politics or jealousy as he is being pushed further back while being the best bat, at the youngest age!!

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 22, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

I just watched last 2 overs. In few years he will be physically strong. Watch out. he is a pocket rocket. He is good for test cricket.

Posted by kamran85 on (February 22, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Three normal innings and India in defending position. If England want to win they need some good innings. till now they lost three without good inning

Posted by tonykhan317 on (February 22, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Love the passion and hunger the young Sarfraz has shown. He is definitely someone to watch (very very exciting prospect). However would love to see the young man come up the order and not bat that low. He can also take a page from Sachinshumility book.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Sarfraz khan career batting avg.is 62 and tournament avg. is 201 why send our best batsman 6th Down, I hope this bad decision will not prove us costly...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

India's Total would have been 280 or 300, if sarfraz khan has been send up the order , what team management is doing, sending your best inform batsman 6 down, Sarfraz is the next big thing in Indian Cricket.. Dont waste him..

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Tournament Results
Pakistan U19 v S Africa U19 at Dubai (DSC) - Mar 1, 2014
S Africa U19 won by 6 wickets (with 47 balls remaining)
Aust U19 v England U19 at Dubai (CA) - Feb 28, 2014
England U19 won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
Afghan U19 v S Lanka U19 at Dubai (CA2) - Feb 27, 2014
Afghan U19 won by 5 wickets (with 172 balls remaining)
B'desh U19 v NZ U19 at Abu Dhabi - Feb 27, 2014
B'desh U19 won by 77 runs
India U19 v W Indies U19 at Sharjah - Feb 27, 2014
India U19 won by 46 runs
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