India v Zimbabwe, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville

Chand, Passi seal easy win for India

The Report by George Binoy in Townsville

August 14, 2012

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India Under-19 261 for 6 (Chand 78, Chopra 57, Light 3-22) beat Zimbabwe Under-19 198 (Lake 118, Passi 6-23) by 63 runs

Kamal Passi smashed 24 off just 5 balls, India v Zimbabwe, Group C, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Townsville, August 14, 2012
Kamal Passi's all-round show was one of the highlights of India's win © ICC/Getty

India's openers performed far better against Zimbabwe than they did against West Indies, setting up a platform for a match-winning score despite a middle-order slowdown at Tony Ireland Stadium. In a match they had to win to stay in theUnder-19 World Cup, Unmukt Chand and Prashant Chopra delivered a 139-run partnership, and a last-over thrash from medium-pacer Kamal Passi converted an average total into a competitive one.

Passi carried the momentum from his five-ball 24 through the lunch break and into his bowling, taking the first four wickets to fall during a six-over spell thatseverely set back the Zimbabwe chase. At 30 for 4 in the 12th over, there was too much lost ground to recover, and although allrounder Malcolm Lake scored a century that gave India a scare, he had no support and Zimbabwe were dismissed 63 runs short. Passi returned to take two important wickets during the final ten overs, finishing with 6 for 23.

India made two changes to their XI from after the loss to West Indies. Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh was unwell and medium-pacer Rush Kalaria was left out. Their spots went to Passi and Ravikant Singh, the third seam bowler. Chand lost the toss once again and Zimbabwe chose to bowl on a fresh pitch, the one closest to the grandstand. It meant one square boundary was significantly shorter than the other.

Zimbabwe's new-ball bowlers, Kyle Bowie and Curthbert Musoko, didn't have the pace to harry the India openers and they pitched too full too often. Chand was able to drive his first ball, from Bowie, to the cover boundary. Chopra began more slowly, getting his eye in before cutting a short ball from Musoko to the point fence.

Unlike against Ronsford Beaton and the other West Indians, India's openers were able to come on to the front foot, and were also given width when the length was short. The powerful drives and cuts began to flow and after ten overs, India were 56 for 0 with 12 fours, 11 on the off side, one on the leg. In the 11th, Chand upper cut Luke Jongwe, as soon as he came on to bowl, over the shorter point boundary. In the 20th, he hoisted Musoko on to the top of the grass banks beyond the wide long-on boundary to take India to 115 for 0.

Both openers made half-centuries, Chand off 46 balls and Chopra off 70, and it wasn't until Zimbabwe brought on their fourth bowler, Lake, that they got a breakthrough. Lake caught a skier off his own bowling after Chopra top-edged a pull against the short ball. Chand fell in the 30th over, lofting the legspinner Peacemore Zimwa to long-off, and India slowed down drastically after that.

Lake continued to keep the batsmen in their crease with his length and Campbell Light, who was introduced only in the 40th over, dismissed three more batsmen with short balls. India were only 237 for 5 at the start of the final over, for which Musoko replaced Light, and lost Vijay Zol to its first ball.

Passi took guard and then began to swing at everything. He made good contact too. The ball disappeared to the midwicket and fine-leg boundary repeatedly and that flourish brought 24 runs.

Forty-five minutes later, Passi was in action again. He got Kevin Kasuza to edge a short ball to the wicketkeeper, bowled Massasire with a full one that swung, had Matthew Bentley caught behind with a bouncer, and Ryan Burl pulling to the man at deep midwicket. His first spell was 7-1-15-4.

After Passi left centre stage, Lake occupied it, single-handedly reviving a cause that was almost lost by the 14th over. A left-hand batsman, Lake stayed firm at one end, adding 87 runs for the fifth wicket, with Luke Jongwe, to give Zimbabwe hope. Jongwe was run out in the 32nd over, though, and Lake sat on his haunches in disappointment. He stepped it up after that, hitting four fours and two sixes in the 36th and 37th overs. Sandeep Sharma, however, bounced back from that beating by dismissing Mayavo in a two-run over, leaving Zimbabwe needing 94 in 12 overs with three wickets left.

As he began to run out of partners, Lake tried to farm the strike as well, but the task ahead of him was too much for one person. Passi, in the first over of his second spell, trapped Bowie lbw for a first-ball duck, and in his next had Lake caught at cover. The two best performers from each team had the final say in the game.

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Posted by baghels.a on (August 15, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

@RohitSP,Manan Vohra and Mohisin Syed are injured hence withdrawn from the squad,if we compare this team to last Indian team to win u-19 WC in 2008 one will find that while batters from the 2008 team like Kohli,Manish Pandey,Saurabh Tiwary,Mukund have done well for themselves but bowlers bar Jadeja have struggled to leave a mark.Now team circa 2012 has Unmukt Chand as an outstanding bat but i am also impressed by P.Chopra and V.Zol whatever little i have seen of them,while in bowling Harmeet Singh with his penchant fot flighting the ball and getting some turn looks good,Kamal Passi if he can prove himself as an allrounder then great for India.Indian batters though are out of comfort zone when playing on these pitches as are other teams,but those team have betterfast bowlers to exploit the conditions.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 15, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

@satish619chander - exactly my thoughts. Bowling from India always makes our team look mediocre. At least with the batting there is some hope. If you look at Eng/Oz tests our team spent long periods fielding cause we dont have the bowlers who can take 20 wickets. This in turn demoralises our team when coming to batting.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 15, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

As i always maintain, batsman will always struggle on helpful tracks if bowling is good and attacking relentlessly.. The problem for India is not lack of good batsmen but lack of good bowlers.. If we look at the series where we won against the likes of England, SA and Aus last decade, was because of bowlers.. As they say, batsmen can draw games but bowlers only will win games.. More the focus on developing skilled bowlers(not necessarily fast but Zak like bowlers can do the job) will see us winning more than now..

Posted by team_india_no1 on (August 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

The eleven should be M Vohra (or A Herwadkar), P Chopra, U Chand, B Aparajith, V Zol, AD Nath, S Patel, R Singh (or M Sayyed), K Passi (or R Kaleria), H singh, S Sharma. G Vihari, S Das, V Mishra sit out. I am happy with the disciplined bowling of all the indian pacers but spinners like Aparajith or Mishra have bowled badly and allowed the opposition to come back. The opposition spinners like P Zimwa, M Lake, D Davis, K Mayers have bowled much better.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

from this match between india and zimbabwe it shows that india can only beat small teams like zimbabwe

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Bowling of this U19 team is weak and batting is not strong enough to compensate that.Bowlers with pace like Dinda, Shami Ahmed, Aaron, Yadav and Ishant should be encouraged instead of mediocre bowlers who can hardly cross speed of 125.Indian U19 pace attack in last U19 World Cup was much better than this time with Netravalkar and Unadkat in.However Sandeep Sharma is one for the future,and i dearly hope Passi works hard to be an all-rounder.

Posted by fr600 on (August 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

Based on what I have seen, this cup belongs to SA or AUS. Other teams, including India, are simply ordinary.

Posted by torsha on (August 14, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Now this is ridiculous. "India win despite fighting Lake ton" is a statement that says as if India won by luck but when you open u can see the credits to Passi. Why don't you just make Passi leads easy win for India as main heading when you open this cricinfo website and put "fighting lake ton" as sub-statement. You are not getting 6 wickets in ODIs that easy.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

After this match it is very difficult for india to reach finals they should correct the below points asap 1. Depending too much on boundaries no single s 2. Chand is a class batsman if chand fails the total also will be very low 3. Vijay zol is a good batsman but he should come up the order 4.Akshdeep Nath is a hard hitter but he is failing and he can bowl medium pase but he is not taken that seriously 4. Rush kaleria should play The eleven should be Chand,Chopra,Vijay Zol, Baba Aparajith,Vihari,A D Nath,S patel,Rush Kaleria,Kamal Passi, Harmeet sing,Sandeep Sing

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

NOT impressed with this Indian side. They will not make the final. Bowling is poor and batting also. Chand is the only outstanding guy with bat.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (August 14, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Frankly speaking, India's U19 team performance in the last two games did no ooze much confidence. Batsmen seemed struggling on bouncy pitches. Even against an attack like that of Zim, this team struggled. If not for Passi's lil cameo (and please, don't make a big issue of this), we would have had a below sub-par score, and would have lost this game hands down.

The bowling too lacked bite. If not for some generosity by Zim batsmen, we would have lost this game. 6-23 from Passi not withstanding, all our bowlers are way behind bowlers from Aus, SA, West Indies, Pak teams. Nothing against our players (it never is), but BCCI and its coaches/administrators haven't done anything to groom quality pace and spin bowlers, and batsmen who can bat on bouncy pitches.

And watch out this kid - Malcolm Lake. If groomed properly, this kid will win lot of matches for his team and break several records.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Saw this match live, and here are a few things i noticed. This team is highly unlikely to win the cup. They had a difficult time winning against zimbabwe so its anyone's guess whats going to happen against Aus and SA. The batting revolves around the top 2-3, and Chand is pretty much the only one with potential to go further. The bowling seemed sad and empty. I do hope sandeep sharma can add some more pace (135-140 from 128) and that guy has some future in bowling. Passi was good but it was his day. Nothing to write about his batting, his swing of the bat clicked yesterday so he is no all rounder yet. His bowling is skiddy and he maintains a good line and length. if he works on his batting he could be a very decent utility player.

what was the coach doing during over 40? seemed like the batsman came out in the order listed regardless of the match situation. Pathetic.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

For heavens sake, pl don't start expecting too much from Passi, in batting. It is more his attitude which got those runs in the last 5 balls of the innings; not necessarily batting skills. Of course, the boy deserve all the kudos for his very successful attempt. As a bowler, he does have potential to be developed. Congarts.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Good win but I don't think this U19 team has in it to win this WC, mostly talent wise. So much similarity with our senior team as they cannot handle short pitched delivaries, no good bowling attack and batting relies heavily on top 2 or 3 batsmen. It is disappointing to see that we are not grroming fast bowlers even at this age. IMO finals will bePAK vs. AUS with AUS winning this all.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Just saw the highlights. Malcolm Lake; you beauty. Our Indian boys were all at "lake" trying to get you out. Afraid, they may be all at "sea", while trying to get the Aussie, SA, and English batsmen out! Hope, not. I am not expecting too much from India, this time. But, I am glad they are playing on these pitches. It will be a good test as to who among these Indian batsmen can possibly graduate to the next level. How much they adapt & how fast they adapt is all that I am looking forward to. Anything else will be bonus. Keep on trying. Keep on working hard.

Posted by Tokai69 on (August 14, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

well done India, ZIM is really a strong team and they fight well too

Posted by AnSen1984 on (August 14, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Kamal Passi if nurtured should be the next generation superstar. the last six that he hit to end the indian innings oozed so much confidence and class.He is a precocious talent ready to take off....

Posted by jango_moh on (August 14, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

i saw most of this match... passi bowled with good control and swing... but it was sandeep sharma's bowling that made me go wow... that guy got prodigious swing, it was like a boomerang, and then it moved sideways after pitching, reminded me of praveen kumar, but can get quicker than praveen in due time....

Posted by anshu.s on (August 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

I agree with you @satish619chandar,Aparajith and Hanuman Vihary are not your bashers,i have heard that Akshdeep Nath is a hitter and also Vijay Zol needs to come up in batting order,problem is that too many openers have been selected in the squad like Herdwadkar,Sandeepan das,Zol and the two guys currently openning.From as much i know Nikhil Gangta from HP and Nitish Rana from Delhi are two hard hitting middle order batters who were not chosen,also non-selection of Jaspreet Bhumra of Gujrat who can allegedly bowl 140 plus is baffling. I ndia will have to up there game considerably to perform better in later stages.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 14, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Excellent Passi! What an performance that was! Mind blowing!Passi showed his all rounder skills. Indian cricket need this type of all rounders. He should continue this good work. Team India keep winning and always fight at odd times and you will be winner.

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (August 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Actually I am not all impressed with the performance of the youngsters may be I was expecting too much from them if this is case with Zimbabwe it is going to get really tough against Australia or SA the teams to beat in this WC.

Posted by 777aditya on (August 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

I saw this match live and whatever I saw of Passi was delightful! He bowled in a nice rhythm, wicket to wicket, was economical, and boy does he have a penchant for sixes (took six wickets and hit 3 sixes)! Must say, even his last over slogging had a method to madness. If groomed properly, some of these boys can become 'the men' that Team India is so desperately seeking now. We surely need another medium pace all rounder like Irfan Pathan (of course, no comparisons, just too early). Two spinning all rounders and 2 medium pace all rounders will lend the team the perfect balance under all conditions.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

hope dis match help dm 2 b on wnning track.....

Posted by Temuzin on (August 14, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Chand and Passi were brilliant. Hope they progress into senior team.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

really an awesome performance from the youngsters

hope & wish them to get the cup back

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 14, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Not sure how the team was picked.. India don't have a lower middle order basher - like Raina for the senior team.. Missed it badly last game but luckily, Passi struck some brutal runs in the last over which eventually laid the foundation for the win.. As a bowler, he was exceptional too.. Sandeep will get into senior team sooner than later.. Go boys.. Winning in Australia will give you guys a whole different life..

Posted by V.Jammy on (August 14, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Would love to see this guy Passi perform like this in IPL & Team India!

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