India v Pakistan, ICC U-19 World Cup, quarter-final, Townsville August 20, 2012

India clinch low-scoring thriller

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India 137 for 9 (Aparajith 51, Zia-ul-Haq 3-23, Azizullah 3-30) beat Pakistan 136 (Azam 50, Sandeep 3-24, Ravikant 3-43) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma, India's Nos. 8 and 11, batted with incredible composure for seven overs to score the ten runs they needed to drag a misfiring batting line-up to a one-wicket victory against Pakistan in the quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup. India were cruising one minute, at 120 for 5 needing 17 more, and were sinking the next, at 127 for 9. Harmeet and Sharma, however, saw to it that their consistent excellence with the ball in this tournament - they dismissed Pakistan so cheaply - was not in vain.

It so nearly was, though. Needing only 137 to secure a place in Thursday's semi-final, India slipped to 8 for 3 in the chase. They needed one batsman to drop anchor and stay the course and their No. 3, Baba Aparajith, did that. He had a partnership of 68 for the fourth wicket with Vijay Zol that put India on course. Aparajith went on to score 51 and, with him batting so fluently, India moved slowly but surely towards their target. The required rate was never an issue; wickets were, but five were in hand.

Then Aparajith drove one in the air and was caught at cover, with India 17 short. In no time at all Smit Patel edged Ehsan Adil to the wicketkeeper and Azizullah dismissed two more batsmen in the 41st over. Only one more Indian wicket stood between Pakistan and victory.

Harmeet, who missed India's last two league games because of an illness but replaced Vikas Mishra today, took charge. Sharma batted cautiously, blocking out an entire over from the spinner Zafar Gohar. Harmeet, the more competent batsman, was astute enough to see off Azizullah's final over, which meant Babar Azam had no more seam options to call on.

Runs came at Chinese water-torture pace, but the batsmen were unruffled. Harmeet and Sandeep blocked and blocked, and occasionally they dabbed for a single or two. Every ball survived was cheered by a small but vocal group of Indian supporters. Even when the target was within the reach of one lofted blow and all the fielders were in the circle, Sandeep did not do anything rash. He left it to Harmeet, who eventually chipped over square leg, ran the second run and then ran into 13 team-mates sprinting towards him.

As Sharma joined in the celebrations, he could have scarcely believed that it had come to this, especially after the hammer blow he had hit Pakistan with early in the morning. Most teams have preferred to bowl first at Tony Ireland Stadium but Pakistan chose to bat on an overcast and drizzly day in Townsville - a brave approach considering it was their first game here and batting has been hardest in the morning. Their decision backfired.

Sharma, who has swung the new ball both ways prodigiously in every game, struck with the first delivery of the match. He bowled a good length and pitched on legstump, drawing the left-hand opener Sami Aslam into the front-foot defence. Sharma got the ball to swing sharply just outside off and hit the edge, giving Aparajith a regulation catch at second slip. Four balls later, the same thing happened to Imam-ul-Haq, another left-hand batsman. Pakistan were 0 for 2.

Barely five minutes had passed since the start, so Pakistan's No. 4 Umar Waheed wasn't fully padded up. He and the other opener, the captain Babar Azam, had a monumental repair job to do and they began it with composure. But Sharma and India's other new-ball bowler, Kamal Passi, were there and thereabouts all the time, and Pakistan were 27 for 2 after ten overs.

Harmeet came on in the 15th over and caused a stir immediately. His first ball hit Umar Waheed on the pad and the lbw appeal was turned down, after which Waheed could have been run out had Smit Patel hit the stumps. Waheed appeared shaken and Azam went up to him to have a word. The next ball from Harmeet was lofted towards the midwicket boundary.

Ravikant had a patchy first four overs, bowling several wides, but began to wreck Pakistan's innings in his fifth. He got Waheed to edge behind, and in his next over he bowled Saad Ali and had Salman Afridi caught behind as well. Harmeet had Mohammad Nawaz caught at slip soon after. Pakistan had lost 4 for 7 to slip to 62 for 6.

Through all this, Azam had batted with concentration, holding his end up as wickets tumbled at the other. He was dropped on 36, though, by Harmeet, soon after a rain interruption. Aparajith ensured that error didn't cost India too many, having Azam caught at midwicket soon after his half-century. The batsman was distraught, having been dismissed to a tame chip after battling through tougher times.

Pakistan were 99 for 8 after a second rain break and Adil hit four sixes to lift them to 136. Two of those were massive blows, clearing the longest boundary at midwicket and then the sight screen. India's seamers, however, came back to finish the innings off, Sharma picking up the tenth wicket with the first ball of the 46th over.

A couple of hours later, Sharma was in the middle again, striving to prevent India's tenth wicket from falling. The gut-wrenching end was the third such finish between India and Pakistan's Under-19 teams this year. In an Asia Cup league game, Pakistan had won by one run. The final of that tournament was tied. The third time, it was India that scraped through by the narrowest of margins.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has finished just like hockey and squash. So stop wasting money to allocate improvement on these sports and cut back facilities. Invest money on other individual sports like boxing, wrestling and shooting.

  • kc69 on August 22, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    A great game of cricket,But i would not quite agree with most of you guys here.Pakistan needs Batsman and India needs bowlers and the same old thing happened in this match also.Future for crictet(Both teams)is not so good as it looks.

  • kc69 on August 22, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui: I'm not taking sides and completely agree with your stats that Pakistan "had" beaten India more frequently in the past and i agree they have the best pace bowling attack in entire subcontinent but overseas record is what i doubt on because Pakistan's record in Aus,Eng,NZ and SA are bad(If you consider playing at Abu Dhabi as overseas then i cannot comment furthur).However this match was a great one.hats off to both the teams.

  • on August 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @ Umar Siddiqui

    Forget the past and look in your future. Do you remember when pak won his last match against India? We won't need 140+ bowlers, our 120+ bowlers are enough for all teams. And go and watch the stats of overseas tour, You will get to know who played good cricket. And whole world knows why we refused to play at sharjaha, so no need to comment on that. I don't want to criticize pak team, take it as sports. We both know our teams are top teams of cricket so why to abuse our teams.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on August 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - Don't forget that the same old gentle120K bowlers and "average batsmen" have been beating Pakistan for decades in every world cup match :))

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 22, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @ Umar Siddiqui - And your "future stars" couldn't even play Sandeep Sharma (ordinary bowler according to you) ? That says it all how good your batsmen are but yeah Pak bowlers have potential.

  • Umair_umair on August 22, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Pak and Indian Fans for constructive comments. Nice sports man ship? All the people, who read my comment here. Can we promise to keep this ethic in our future comments too? keep cool and discuss the game, keep anger in control ? don't use abusive and hate language? A lot fo drops can come togather to make a sea.

  • on August 22, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @Counter strike, As Ian Chappel said, Sandeep Sharma is another Praveen Kumar in the making and that says it all but yes Chand has some potential.

    @MunafBhai - A case of sour grapes perhaps?I think Pakistan is way ahead in the overall head to head both in ODIs and Test matches........I think you completely forgot the thrashings India received all throughout the 90s so much so that they got scared of playing in Sharjah

    @Bruise - I agree that India has alot of talent in the batting department but no international class bowlers are comign through and I don't mind young bowlers getting thrashed in meaningless ODIs as long as they keep coming back with a big heart to bowl fast......When I say pace, I don't mean express pace, atleast a fast bowler should bowl in 140s to trouble international class batsmen....Ever wonder why India always gets thrashed abroad why Pakistan has such a good record overseas?

  • Bruisers on August 21, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - I don't quite understand your logic of rating bowlers based on their speeds. The whole world saw your 'fast' bowling prodigies Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali etc getting hammered recently.. Clearly, PACE isn't everything for a bowler or is it? LOL

  • Bruisers on August 21, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - Under-19 doesn't always display the future international cricketers. Most of today's international cricketers have never played U19 for their countries... Yes, its easy to make it to the Pakistan senior side as they currently have very few good batsmen and bowlers. But in India, top players like Pujara and Rahane are struggling to make it to the playing XI. Shows the quality and depth in talent India possesses unlike Pakistan. Anyways Chand, Zol and Aparajith may play for the senior team in the future.

  • on August 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has finished just like hockey and squash. So stop wasting money to allocate improvement on these sports and cut back facilities. Invest money on other individual sports like boxing, wrestling and shooting.

  • kc69 on August 22, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    A great game of cricket,But i would not quite agree with most of you guys here.Pakistan needs Batsman and India needs bowlers and the same old thing happened in this match also.Future for crictet(Both teams)is not so good as it looks.

  • kc69 on August 22, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui: I'm not taking sides and completely agree with your stats that Pakistan "had" beaten India more frequently in the past and i agree they have the best pace bowling attack in entire subcontinent but overseas record is what i doubt on because Pakistan's record in Aus,Eng,NZ and SA are bad(If you consider playing at Abu Dhabi as overseas then i cannot comment furthur).However this match was a great one.hats off to both the teams.

  • on August 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @ Umar Siddiqui

    Forget the past and look in your future. Do you remember when pak won his last match against India? We won't need 140+ bowlers, our 120+ bowlers are enough for all teams. And go and watch the stats of overseas tour, You will get to know who played good cricket. And whole world knows why we refused to play at sharjaha, so no need to comment on that. I don't want to criticize pak team, take it as sports. We both know our teams are top teams of cricket so why to abuse our teams.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on August 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - Don't forget that the same old gentle120K bowlers and "average batsmen" have been beating Pakistan for decades in every world cup match :))

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 22, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @ Umar Siddiqui - And your "future stars" couldn't even play Sandeep Sharma (ordinary bowler according to you) ? That says it all how good your batsmen are but yeah Pak bowlers have potential.

  • Umair_umair on August 22, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Pak and Indian Fans for constructive comments. Nice sports man ship? All the people, who read my comment here. Can we promise to keep this ethic in our future comments too? keep cool and discuss the game, keep anger in control ? don't use abusive and hate language? A lot fo drops can come togather to make a sea.

  • on August 22, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @Counter strike, As Ian Chappel said, Sandeep Sharma is another Praveen Kumar in the making and that says it all but yes Chand has some potential.

    @MunafBhai - A case of sour grapes perhaps?I think Pakistan is way ahead in the overall head to head both in ODIs and Test matches........I think you completely forgot the thrashings India received all throughout the 90s so much so that they got scared of playing in Sharjah

    @Bruise - I agree that India has alot of talent in the batting department but no international class bowlers are comign through and I don't mind young bowlers getting thrashed in meaningless ODIs as long as they keep coming back with a big heart to bowl fast......When I say pace, I don't mean express pace, atleast a fast bowler should bowl in 140s to trouble international class batsmen....Ever wonder why India always gets thrashed abroad why Pakistan has such a good record overseas?

  • Bruisers on August 21, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - I don't quite understand your logic of rating bowlers based on their speeds. The whole world saw your 'fast' bowling prodigies Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali etc getting hammered recently.. Clearly, PACE isn't everything for a bowler or is it? LOL

  • Bruisers on August 21, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @Umar Siddiqui - Under-19 doesn't always display the future international cricketers. Most of today's international cricketers have never played U19 for their countries... Yes, its easy to make it to the Pakistan senior side as they currently have very few good batsmen and bowlers. But in India, top players like Pujara and Rahane are struggling to make it to the playing XI. Shows the quality and depth in talent India possesses unlike Pakistan. Anyways Chand, Zol and Aparajith may play for the senior team in the future.

  • MunafAhmed811 on August 21, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Indian colts outplayed the much so called superior Pakistan colts team in bowling as well as batting dept and fielding. The over hyped bowlers of Pakistan if they cannot defend a smaller..then are they really worth the hype of speed and all becos a bigger score most others teams would defend as well including Indian so called trundlers. Recently Kohli smashed the so called phaaaaaaaaast bowlers ate even a faster rate than Sachin or Viru has smashed them in 2003 Wcup. So called Indian trundlers have managed to choke the over confident Pakistani batsmen and fans to win 1992,1996,2003,2011 Worldcup knockout matches....not to mention the B&H cup final in Aus- March 10,1985 ...and the T2007 T20 Worldcup final. So India usually wins the matches that matter more and need more pressure handling

  • on August 21, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Eid Gift for India, thanks U-19 boys!

  • baghels.a on August 21, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @umar siddique,Pk may have better bowlers but Indian batting still better than Pak,but these bowling friendly pitches are no indicator of batting skills as most of the limited over cricket is played on flat pitches.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @ Umar Siddiqui - I wonder how you missed Unmukt Chand and Sandeep Sharma. Latter has no pace but he bowls in 130s and batsmen are unable to play him. Who needs Shaun Tait when you have someone like Zaheer Khan in your team. Checkout Sandeep Sharma's performances - How economical he has been both in power-plays and death overs. Agreed that Pak have more talented players in this U 19 team but don't underestimate others.

  • ejsiddiqui on August 21, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Although we lost but I am happy that our kids fought hard. We would definitely some of future stars from both the teams.

  • on August 21, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    India might have won but I don't see any of their boys going on to play for India....Same old, gentle 120k bowlers with no speed and average batsmen with no flair where as the Pakistan team might have lost but I see alot of potential in Zia Ul Haq (140k+), Ehsan Adil, Baber Azam and Umar Waheed who can go on and play for Pakistan.....Future looks bright for Pakistan !

  • on August 21, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    making the wrong decisions after winning the toss is nothing new for pakistan . i say scrap cricket from pakistan and let us play hockey and football.

  • on August 21, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Great game by two great cricket playing countries!

    We can always argue on who was the better team and if Pakistan would have picked batting first, they would have probably won but at the end of the day, Indian won so congrats to them and good luck to Pakistani tigers next time!

  • on August 21, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Congrats Team India. batsmen from both team looked under pressure. anyways overall it was a thrilling game.

  • CandidIndian on August 21, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and India.I cant understand why Pakistan took the hard way by batting first,and for India they almost choked at the end in a match they could have won easily.The run out of Zol and rash shot by Baba were disappointing ,but they are U-19 boys and they will learn with experience.Pakistan pacers were excellent as expected but their spin bowling was weak in this match which finally cost them a big game.

  • david44 on August 21, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @balaji gurujan say that to calapatti srinivav first he is bringing general's in u19 cricket so kindly see this as a sport, god luck

  • on August 21, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    point of concern really. both team's kids are absolutely pathetic against pace and bounce

  • on August 21, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    well done pakistan never thought that you guys gonna make life so difficult for india after getting out i just love the never say die attitude of you guys best of luck

  • lovepork on August 20, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Congrats India! very wel done, kept the nerve till the end, be it U19 or Over19, India is making a habit of winning against Pak and we love it! look forward to beat them againg on T20, good luck India!

  • on August 20, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Congratulation India! ! ! but but we have to criticize the format of the tournament 2 best team of the tournament West Indies and Pakistan both are the victim of the format, we one or two mistakes out them from the contest. I think the only 8 best playing countries team only be participate the main event, and its should not be only semi finals knockout and also final also consists on best of 3 matches.

  • on August 20, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    @Nadeem1976 : With all due respect, India U19 Va Pak U19 WC Head-to-head stands at 2-5 respectively after this match. I still have not recovered from seeing a shocking score of 9/6 (i'm not kidding) India were pushed thru chasing some 120 odd set by Pakistan in SL in one of the earlier U-19 WCs (India ultimately was bowled out for 70 odd and Pak won the WC). So kindly see this as a sport between two teams with talented youngsters

  • on August 20, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Give them defeat by a thousand painful jabs than one blow over the ropes? Wouldn't you want to drown them with slow persistent inescapable rain over a week than a flash flood? To be so close to victory and then lose and feel gutted..oh brother this victory was the sweetest, albeit ugliest:):). But I leave you with the words of a wise general, there is no such thing as an ugly victory, only an ugly defeat...:)

  • Metman on August 20, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    @ Boxer 44 !...what's so funny about the " WI IS one of the 10 member countries " ? The WI IS a team just like England IS....and furthermore team is singular....are you trying to say that the WI ARE a TEAM ? anyway,it was sad that the WI had to lose that way !

  • on August 20, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    PAK should keep the same team as their A team and let them participate in many A team tours so they will mature as cricketers then they can bring the core of this A team to national side That will be a great team all the best PAK team and congrats to team INDIA a cricket lover from INDIA

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 20, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Proven one more time that Pakistanis are CHOKERS.

  • sumit176 on August 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    batsmen from both team looked under tremendous pressure...anywas ..overall it was a thrilling game,,,i almost had a heart attack

  • supermaninchaddi on August 20, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I don't know who makes the decisions after the coin toss, the captain or the team manager. In this case however,with all odd's against batting first, we try to beat the odds, as usual......and sure enough paid the price. Everyone knew this pitch and with overcast conditions was a disaster to bat first. "AB BHOGATO BACCHO", one wrong move and we're out of the tournament.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 20, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Leave the kids alone. Pressure got to them (both sides)

  • on August 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    we won bt i think ki it ws nt a good a performance dt INDIA sd hv dsplayed after bow

  • 777aditya on August 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    These Under-19 guys are like clean slates and should ideally play without fear and prejudice. Now, the Under-19s of New Zealand and South Africa, who have been 6-time and 3-time semi-finalists respectively in the senior WC version, have a golden opportunity of shrugging off the choker's tag. But obviously, I would be rooting for a India vs Australia final (nothing like beating Aus in Aus for a WC final)! In the past, Azharruddin and Ganguly have led similar such teams with minimal expectations to unprecedented triumphs. Let's hope, Unmukt Chand manages what Kaif and Kohli could.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    once again a WC match between India Pakistan and Pakistan losing. For how many years Pakistan will lose against India in WC. Sad very sad. But still this will go as the best match of the tournament as usual. Even U19 guys don't have guts to beat india under pressure then how come seniors will beat. pakistani team has not guts.

  • on August 20, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    well played Pakistan no comments for India we'll see u in t20 warmup

  • AkmalFan on August 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    It was a sad loss for Pakistan. India bowled good and they deserved this game. If Pakistan could have batted better they would have had a good chane of winning.

  • umairasgharbutt on August 20, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Aus gonna win it again now !

  • on August 20, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    wow, i cant believe pakistan diddnt get blown out, when i went to sleep they were 73/6 i was surprised they came that close, congrats to india, and there is always the next world cup both 20/20, 50/50 and under 19

  • on August 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    The best thing was to defeat Pakistan on Eid!! However, it was a mystery that we completely lost track after losing the sixth wicket. Dont think we will win the tournament though, the batting is very weak.

  • timohyj on August 20, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    India's U19s seem to be very promising. They have thrashed the opposition in almost every other tournament they have played in. Chand and Aparajith seem to be the most promising of the lot. Aparajith is a genuine all rounder, taking lots of wickets and batting at number 4. Apart from this tournament Chand has smashed the opposition bowlers to bits in every single match. I think it is time for him to move to the next level so it is good he got selected for India A. The performance in this series has not been so good, but they have managed to scrape through thanks to some great bowling performances. Hopefully the batting will also start to fire and they will win the cup

  • fataquie on August 20, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Well...this would be a pre-cursor to a few out of these 22 players of what an Indo-Pak game entails in their future! Has anyone else noticed, under 19, or under 1!, both teams and their individual players bring the best out against each other! Am' very proud of the best rivalry in sports!!

  • torsha on August 20, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    No matter how low scoring game it was, there has been pressure on both teams that produced such a close finish. Brilliant stuff!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 20, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Such a dis.apointing result for a highly motivatd ,highly talntd paki side,certainly ths side z more talntd than national squad comprising of hafez,misbha,gul,chema etc etc.BT i dn't know what d heck hapend to their batng 2day,they could have so easily postd about 175-200 ,anyway indian kids bowld wel ,bst of luck to them n a very sad end to wi,pak who were hot favorits 4 dis cup.

  • beeran on August 20, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    comeon guys.its only poetic justice.in asia cup pak won by 1 run in priliminary round and tied in the final which was mere "luck"(the word commonly usede here)which might be known to everyone who followed those matches.now its india's turn.they need one more "luck" to level for justice!!!

  • Zahidsaltin on August 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    The Famous pakistani batting line which every one was so praisfull of got exposed. Choosing to bat first was a blunder.

  • on August 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @ats78. Grow up beta. Learn to appreciate talents regardless of nationalities and don't be so negative. BTW, Pakistan beat India in the U19 2006 final, and also won the tournament back to back. Lastly, overall Pakistan is still beating India by a wide margin; 12/9 in test matches and 69/48 in ODI. Anyway, kudos to both teams. The matches between India and Pakistan are always exciting.

  • on August 20, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Aparajit has potential. Good bat. Not bad in bowling. Seems superb in slips, where we need new safe hands, after the retirement of Dravid and VVS.

  • on August 20, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Kudos to both sides. It is important to remember that these players are just young adults, who must be feeling great deal pride representing their country at such a young age. Well done.

  • Solid_Snake on August 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    This Zia ul Haq guy reminds me of Wahab Riaz..His Action,way of bowling..Too much resemblance.If he mentains his line and length then i bet he would be the next star of Pak cricket

  • Solid_Snake on August 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    There are alot of people here who dont know the facts..Lol what is this legacy of Pak loosing to India in WC continues,India never lost to Pak in U19 or in senior cricket..The later one i agree but in U-19 the record telling some other story.. You forgot that 2006 EC final match,india 71 all out and lost to pak.. Also in U19 the record i 5-2 with Pak ahead.So by watching only one match dont just assume that Indian seniors and juniors both never lost to Pak in WC's.. . About the match->It was a great match.Both the teams could've won it.But in the end we got hell of an entertainment.. Go on both the teams.Keep Rocking

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Such a dis.apointing result for a highly motivatd ,highly talntd paki side,certainly ths side z more talntd than national squad comprising of hafez,misbha,gul,chema etc etc.BT i dn't know what d heck hapend to their batng 2day,they could have so easily postd about 175-200 ,anyway indian kids bowld wel ,bst of luck to them n a very sad end to wi,pak who were hot favorits 4 dis cup.

  • on August 20, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I cant believe it how these two rivals produce so thrilling games. Too bad one of them has to lose but for me kids from both sides are winner.

  • on August 20, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    It was a great match no doubt both teams played very brilliant cricket, better side wins on there day, well played Pakistani young guns you've proved that you are a promising future for Pakistan no regrets you've fought well we are proud of you

  • IndianInnerEdge on August 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    What a game, am naturally happy that my team won, commiserations to the Pak boys, the way they fought till the very end, this is what spirit is all about-these young lads are the future of our subcontinent, Babar is sucha good captain, who defendend such a low total very well, Kudos to both teams-in such a game there was no looser.....Shahbash Pakistan, GO INDIA..!!!!!:)

  • Nampally on August 20, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Congrats - Well Played India. I was most disappointed when Chand got caught at the third man boundary while I was looking for Sehwag like Six!. Chand was stroking firmly ( all his strokes went straight to the fielders) before that brilliant catch put an end. Aparajith was brilliant with slip catches & with the bat. But thanks to Hardeep & Sharma for pulling India out of a sink hole. Good luck in the Semi's Vs. NZ. Fortunately I can see the match live on my PC in Canada, albeit burning the nidnight oil!.

  • ProdigyA on August 20, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I was up all night watching this amazing match. Almost remided me of the infamous Chennai Test where 4 wickets could not score 17 odd runs after Sachin's exit. Great game and good job guyz keep it up and good luck for the semis. Thumbs up to the very vocal Indian supporters there.

  • ashimseye on August 20, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    It was worthwhile watching India Pakistan play Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first were unable to post a total due to excellent bowling by Indians bowling them out Team India had a target to chase which was much lesser then balls available yes Patient from the beginning might have made the chase look easy but playing shots in air loosing early wickets middle order stabilized and patient that payed for the last pair that was required congrats o team India

  • on August 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    and it (loosing to India in WC) is gonna continue

  • baghels.a on August 20, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    As an Indian fan i am feeling so relieved and hard luck Pakistan boys,but this is the poorest Indian batting line up ever to be sent for u-19 WC,they made a mess of chasing a small target,they got lucky with the toss and were playing on the pitch where 4 matches had already been played. Lot of people have said selection for Indian team was questionable with lot of deserving players left at home but you can only judge what is in front of you,batting apart from Chand,Prashant Chopra and V.Zol has struggled,people would say these are alien batting conditions but do they look like dominating on flat pitches ??. One can only wish for a better batting performance against Kiwis and bravo Harmeet Singh.

  • santhoo24 on August 20, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I am glad India won, would've been a little upset had Pak won it. Regardless, I like the Babar Azam kid, he has a good temperament and reminded me of Mohd. Yousuf. I used to cuss Yousuf when he batted against India. I cussed Babar while he was batting. Thank god our boys capitalized on one chance they got to remove this kid. And I wish our batting clicks for a change. Right now our batting is the weak link and obstruction between us and the WC. Go guys in Blue, make the whole nation proud, we are with you,

  • AnotherCricketFan on August 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I want to see all those pundits who called India not having a chance against Pak stand up and take a bow! Ofcourse of shame!

  • joe_blog on August 20, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    well that was an entertaining game...well done to both teams

  • India_boy on August 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @snbirdi....come on dude, cut him some slack. I think he did exceedingly well for an 18 year old. Remember he is the highest scorer in this match and some of his cover and extra cover drives were extremely pleasing to watch today.The ball that he got out on, i think it stopped for a fraction and came on to the bat a little later, causing him to drive in the air. how many times have we seen a particular batsman with more than 20 years experience behind him getting out to that shot. he just became a little carefree that's it, normal for an 18 year old. I think you are being too harsh on him...cheers!

  • Big_Poppa_94 on August 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    India-Pakistan rivalry is the best. Well done to my boys for pulling through and getting to the semi finals. Goof job to the Pakistanis for scrapping and clinging on. Nearly pulled it off. Great match.

  • on August 20, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    well done Pakistan this is called real spirit and cricket.welldone kids you are better then our main team.Cricket futur of pakistan is bright.and welldone young blood of india too.they also played very good cricket congrat and best of luck for the semi...

  • screamingeagle on August 20, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Jose Puliampatta, do you always get a kick out of rubbishing your own team?

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on August 20, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    As impressed as I am with a few of the Indian kids, the inexperience and immaturity still shows. I watched this match and as soon as Aparajith got to 40, he started getting cocky, coming down the wicket, taking un-necessary risks and I remember saying to myself, "yup, he's getting over-confident, his end is near" and voila, a few balls later, he falls for a soft dismissal with a bad shot. All the best India, but remember to keep your heads cool and a win for your country is worth more than showing off your shots when you think you're settled in.

  • TRIN999 on August 20, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    India vs Pakistan(Cricket) always rocks,this the greatest cricket rivalry ,Eng~Aus stand noway close to this. Congratulation to both the teams for producing such a wonderful match,Happy Eid ul Fitre to Pakistan players. India bravo keep up the momentum ,all the best for the Semis.

  • Haleos on August 20, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @Indiana_jones99 - Sour grapes??

  • Haleos on August 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    One more world cup victory over pakistan. Great job kids. Very proud of you. Nothing beats India-Pak cricket matches. As always Pakistan bowling was excellent and made it very hard for the Indians. Future is bright for both the countries.

  • adilraufswati on August 20, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    congrats India...nd love u Pakistai Boys..u fought like tigers...! its more thn a win for us...!!! u gave r 100% nd almost got thr altough had nothn to defend on board....if cricket is played in such a way doesnt matter v lose da game....!! best of luck with your future Pakistani boy nd best of luck india in ur campaign for da u19 WC...!!!!

  • Naresh28 on August 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    INDIA should replace NATH/VIHARI. Maybe Herwadkar could come in place of one of these players. He is younger and an opener but could be slotted in the middle. Looking at the stats of some of these players - they dont have much to their names so I wonder on what basis they were selected to play in U19 team?

  • Sakthiivel on August 20, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    One of the best India vs Pakistan. Well Played Pakistan. Aparajith Next Dravid in making with good attitude.

  • sharidas on August 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    India Pakistan matches are always entertaining. Well played Pak Boys ! Hard luck !

  • on August 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Sorry WI and Pak. You were better teams and you lost becuase of poor management decisions.

  • on August 20, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    I missed the match. I was busy meeting my friends and relatives. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims of the world. Saw the highlights. Wonderful fighting spirit shown by both teams. Future looks bright for both Pakistani and Indian cricket. Wel played once again.

  • on August 20, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Indian journey so far: BEATON (WI), FRYed & SAVAGEd (ZIM), and sucked dry by a super-SOPER (PNG), and finally won second time against PAK, by the skin of their teeth. Not a convincing performance. Had faith in Chand, but not sure about it now. He may turn out to be a good batsman with maturity, but not Captaincy material, something all of us saw, when Kohli led India in the under 19, a few years ago.

  • screamingeagle on August 20, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Indiana Jones, I dunno why you are so negative. These guys fight, and that is all u can ask of them. People were saying Pak will destroy them, well, they are in semis. Now NZ, all the best guys, keep trying hard, thats all that matters.

  • on August 20, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    CONGRATS! TEAM INDIA U-19, YOU HAVE DESERVED TO THIS VICTORY , AS BUNDLED OUT PAK BELOW PAR SCORE 136!

    NOW KEEP THE MOMENTUM..GO AHEAD .....WIN THE TROPHY....

    ALL THE BEST!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    congrats to team India. Hope their batting will click in the next two matches to win the WC for us. All the best!

  • dilipm on August 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    There were some promising players for the future in the Indian side.U.Chand ,V.Zol,Baba Aparajith,H.Singh, Sandeep Sharma,R.Singh appear to be ready to step up. Aparajith has good alround quality and Harmeet Singh is a spinner in the Bishen Bedi mould. if these players are cotton wooled against ODIs and 20-20s they should develop their full potential.

  • chokkashokka on August 20, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    A world cup game where a total of 280 odd runs are scored in almost a 100 overs. Any time a sub continental team visits england and australia - the games are low scoring and we are seeing test matches over in 3 days. Both these teams should expect low slow turners when they visit the sub continent.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 20, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Good match. It was a day when result went our way.But, It could have gone either way. No need for Pakistan to be terribly upset for this. You are bunch of talented players. And results earlier we both teams met shows it. 3 matches played earlier 1 Pak won, 1 tie, and 1 Ind won. We had a great match. Congratulation Team India. Tough luck Pakistan. It's a game. So don't worry if any one is worrying on result in Pakistan. Forget and enjoy Eid. Happy Eid-ul-Fitr Pakistan.

  • on August 20, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Well I am an Indian Fan But I would like to give credit to the Pakistani Side.

    Their Unfamiliar Bowling line up choked the Indian Batsmen at the tail-end of innings. India needed some 20 odd runs from last 15 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Still it took them 13 overs and they lost 4 wickets meanwhile. Exclude the last wicket partnership of 10 from 42 deliveries and you are left with India getting 10 runs from 36 deliveries and losing 4 wickets. An highly Immature effort.

    Nevertheless, It was a hard fought victory. Had Pakistan scored some 15 more runs, we would have seen different scenes altogether.

  • g.narsimha on August 20, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    NAVEED-85- Yaa PAK always had better bowling & INDs strenght is its batting ,hats off to these 2 young teams, great entertainment, lived up to the expectations ,

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 20, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Despite being a die hard Indian fan, I would like to appreciate Pakistan Team's efforts to almost win the match. I find this Pak U19 team better than Ind U19. Indian lower batsmen never looked like playing for winning. The match that should have been easily won by India, PaK bowlers and Indian lower-order batsmen made it interesting. As someone said below doesn't matter much who wins, From both these U 19 teams, many future Indian and Pakistani stars will be seen very soon. Unmukt Chand, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Baba Aparajith, Sandeep Sharma - just to name a few. Cheers !

  • on August 20, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Its Indian Style to say EID mubarak to Pakistan... India beat Pakistan in U19 WC Quarterfinal . :)

  • on August 20, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I expected this result because after playing the leagu mathches very well they(pak) were littile bit over confident and the wicket was not like what they played in the leauge match But the fought very well till the end Harmeet showed great temperament and he can be a good lower order utility player for india India is not a great team but i expect more from this team in finals specially from the big match player Chand , Hard luck pakisthan you have some good players sami aslam, imam ul haq, muhammad nawas

  • chetan0208 on August 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    a real thriller..........

  • Indiana_jones99 on August 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    India. lucky to progress to the semi-finals. Hardly a convincing win. It was nailbiting end and I had thrown in the towel when India U-19 were 9 wickets down. At that point I expected Pakistan U-19 to storm through. However the Indian nerrves held they just crawled through. I donot rate there chance in the final if they grt past New Zealand which seems unlikely in their current batting form.

  • on August 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Come on India ! The boys continue the legacy of the seniors not to lose to Pakistan in the world cup !! But still hats off to the Pakistani team for a spirited fight ....still Jo Jeeta wohi sikander ....as they say in India....bring on the kiwis now .....we are on a roll !!

  • cheguramana on August 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Great victory for the young Indian team ! It was a nail biting, edge-of the seat- finish as we warched at home on TV. IND-PAK matches always have that special 'edge', that seems to get on the players' nerves. Theres no other reason for this match to have been such a close contest. There was some poor shot selection and poor running between the wickets by the Indian batsmen. Fortunately for INdia, it all ended well and this will be a great learning experience for the young players. All the best for the Semis, boys !!

  • Naresh28 on August 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    PAK should not be disheartened they put up a great show to almost get there. india could have lost a wicket trying to get to the finish line with tailenders batting. This win was more to do with LUCK and although I am an Indian team fan, they need to buck up on the batting front. They keep misfiring.

  • sarithsachi on August 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    yeaaaaa......go colts....win this for us!! so world cup last last year....U19 world cup this year....and then finally the T20 world cup....what a finish :) fingers crossed

  • on August 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    INDIA ZINDABAD!!! INDIA IS THE WINNER OF U 19 C No DOUBT

  • rajpan on August 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Both teams showed that they are talented but will take some time to devlop into men from boys. Next two years will actually be the test of their individual inner strengths. Those who have it, will develop into real stars and will be heard of for a long time in future. Others will end up being just comets !!

  • Naveed85 on August 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Pakistan has better bowling attack than India ..its just that batsmen choked in BIG game against India. we see these results quiet often these days.

  • KunzMan on August 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Am sure this chase was a ploy to take it to wire deliberately to play under pressure and prepare for the bigger games (tongue-firmly-in-cheek)

  • V.Jammy on August 20, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Wow! So the history repeats again! India continues to beat Pakistan in all the World Cup knockout matches. No matter whether its Senior, T20 or U-19 World Cup. Congratulations Team India! But hats off the Pakistan team also. They would have been discouraged after being all out for 137. But no, they fought very bravely till the end. Well played Pakistan also. You were very dominating in league matches & that tied match of Asia Cup final was also awesome!

  • superstar100 on August 20, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    it was great match !!! INDIA WINS yooo EID mubarak hoo INDIANS

  • ovzdatta151 on August 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    awesome match.. typical India Pak thriller..

  • Percy_Fender on August 20, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    The close game just goes to show that no team really won on this very sporting wicket. Let us hope we hear about many of the players on both sides from now on.

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    really its a thrilling win over pakistan!!

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    well done INDIA!!but hats off to PAKISTAN as well....they played like a champion team,,which refuses to give away:-)there are some bright prospects for both the teams to look for the future....best of luck for the kiwi encounter!!

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    its a lesson for both the teams and especially for pakistani team.below par fielding and batting

  • ac_Indian on August 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Very well fought by both the teams. Congratulations to the Indian team.

  • ats78 on August 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Well as they say beta beta hota hai baap baap hota hai. Whether it is the World cup, . 20-20 or under 19 , India is the Boss. Period. Bad Luck Pakistan but they played to their best of abilities. Cheers.

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  • ats78 on August 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Well as they say beta beta hota hai baap baap hota hai. Whether it is the World cup, . 20-20 or under 19 , India is the Boss. Period. Bad Luck Pakistan but they played to their best of abilities. Cheers.

  • ac_Indian on August 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Very well fought by both the teams. Congratulations to the Indian team.

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    its a lesson for both the teams and especially for pakistani team.below par fielding and batting

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    well done INDIA!!but hats off to PAKISTAN as well....they played like a champion team,,which refuses to give away:-)there are some bright prospects for both the teams to look for the future....best of luck for the kiwi encounter!!

  • on August 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    really its a thrilling win over pakistan!!

  • Percy_Fender on August 20, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    The close game just goes to show that no team really won on this very sporting wicket. Let us hope we hear about many of the players on both sides from now on.

  • ovzdatta151 on August 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    awesome match.. typical India Pak thriller..

  • superstar100 on August 20, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    it was great match !!! INDIA WINS yooo EID mubarak hoo INDIANS

  • V.Jammy on August 20, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Wow! So the history repeats again! India continues to beat Pakistan in all the World Cup knockout matches. No matter whether its Senior, T20 or U-19 World Cup. Congratulations Team India! But hats off the Pakistan team also. They would have been discouraged after being all out for 137. But no, they fought very bravely till the end. Well played Pakistan also. You were very dominating in league matches & that tied match of Asia Cup final was also awesome!

  • KunzMan on August 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Am sure this chase was a ploy to take it to wire deliberately to play under pressure and prepare for the bigger games (tongue-firmly-in-cheek)