India v New Zealand, ICC U-19 World Cup, 2nd semi-final, Townsville

Chopra, Harmeet take India to final

The Report by George Binoy in Townsville

August 23, 2012

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India Under-19 209 for 9 (Chopra 52, Horne 3-28) beat New Zealand Under-19 200 for 9 (Fletcher 53, Harmeet 2-30) by 9 runs
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India's players celebrate their semi-final win, India v New Zealand, ICC Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Townsville, August 23, 2012
India gave an all-round performance to book a place in the final against Australia © ICC/Getty
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Having disappointed for most of the World Cup, India's batting unit turned in a much-improved performance in the semi-final against New Zealand, while their bowlers continued their impressive form to set up a summit clash against Australia on Sunday. The top order set up a solid base, and despite a middle-order slump, India were able to get past 200, a total that has been difficult to chase at Tony Ireland Stadium.

New Zealand fought hard, though, consolidating after losing top-order wickets in a clutch, and steered themselves to a position from where they could launch an assault at the end, much like they did in the quarterfinal against West Indies. They were not allowed to. All the Indian bowlers held their own. With no weak link to exploit, New Zealand lost wickets in the search for momentum, and the gap between runs needed and balls remaining stayed wide enough to see India through. New Zealand needed 18 off the last over in this game as well; they got eight.

Like they did in the quarterfinal, India lost the toss and this time were sent in to bat by Will Young. The conditions weren't that bad - a flatter pitch and a sunnier morning - and after surviving a few jitters, Unmukt Chand and Prashant Chopra gave their team a start.

Chand was nervy in the first over, inside-edging past his stumps and playing and missing while trying to cover drive. He settled down soon, though, and began middling his drives when playing much closer to his body. Chopra was more confident at the start, getting behind the line to block out the new ball. However, as he struggled to find gaps to score, Chopra began to try innovations such as the ramp shot over the wicketkeeper. He missed four times and connected once and was 2 off 24 balls at one stage. He was also struck painfully on the box by Ed Nuttall and writhed in pain for a few minutes before getting back up to carry India forward.

The opening stand was worth 51, India's second best in the World Cup, when Chand was bowled by a slower ball from Connor Neynens, who had been driven to the straight and cover boundaries in his previous over, the 12th. Chopra carried on, forging another half-century partnership with Baba Aparajith, hitting the legspinner Ish Sodhi for a huge six over long-off.

Aparajith batted sensibly for the second consecutive innings, focusing on pushing the ball into gaps in the sizeable outfield and running hard. He maintained a healthy strike-rate despite hitting only two boundaries, while Chopra made up for his slow start with firm blows. They added 81 for the second wicket, the first time India have had consecutive half-century stands in five matches.

On 52, Chopra lofted Nuttall to wide mid-on only to see Young fly through the air with one hand outstretched and catch the ball. India were 132 for 2 and they lost ground after that, with the left-arm spinner Ben Horne taking 3 for 20 to help limit India to 209 for 9.

There wasn't as much swing for India's new ball bowlers but that did not prevent Sandeep Sharma and Kamal Passi from bowling tight lines and lengths. New Zealand did not lose early wickets, though, with Joe Carter doing most of the scoring. Michael Davidson took 16 balls to get off the mark.

After losing Davidson with the score on 29, New Zealand progressed to 53 for 1 when they lost three wickets in three overs and slipped to 63 for 4. They were always behind the chase after that. Harmeet Singh took two of those wickets with flighted deliveries that spun away from the right-hander. Horne closed the face and got the leading edge to point, and Young edged to slip. Between those dismissals, Ravikant Singh dismissed the well-set Carter for 30.

Harmeet and Aparajith slowed New Zealand down tremendously: Harmeet bowling slower and turning the ball, while Aparajith was flatter and more economical. Between them they took 3 for 59 in 20 overs.

There was a whiteboard in the New Zealand dug out that had the comparative scores for India and them for every five-over block. Harmeet and Aparajith bowled consecutive maidens and after the 35th, New Zealand were 115 for 4, needing 95 off 90 balls. India had been 136 for 2.

Though India did not finish as strongly as they would have liked when they batted, their bowlers ensured New Zealand were simply unable to accelerate. Their challenge ended when Sandeep bowled Cam Fletcher, who had batted solidly once again for 53, in the 48th over.

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Posted by CricBlogger05 on (August 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid one more last time............. Look, this 'ordinary' team has done it again! They have won the world cup, beating none other than Australia in their own home, with farely good bowling. I believe that' 'abroad' for Indians, isn't it? Am i wrong here?

Posted by CricBlogger05 on (August 25, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid again... And while there is no doubt that Pakistan has always produced excellent bowlers, hardly any of their batsmen of recent years have the caliber of even the least productive Indian batsmen of the playing XI. India has achieved all the milestone in last few years without any significant bowling, BECAUSE it can win matches on its batting alone. The day we even get half of good bowlers as Pakistan, India should be simply unbeatable for even powerhouses like Australia, SA and England. I am not counting the subcontinental teams as even now with the Indian batting alone (without any good bowling), they are hardly ever able to beat India anyways. And btw, this U-19 team has reached the finals for its good bowling, not due to batting!

Posted by CricBlogger05 on (August 25, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid... Brother, i dont wanna be judgemental whether you are anti-Indian or not, but your words certainly do reflect some bias and prejudice resulting in so many responses against your comments. And believe me, these people here are not that crazy. Also, why accept a fabricated 'FACT' when there is 'NO FACT' in it. You are first calling Indian teams (senior and U-19) 'Ordinary' and then clarify it by saying 'ordinary abroad'. Then you call pakistani team 'ordinary in ONEDAY' as if it has been maintaining no 1 tag in tests all these years. We all know that the fact is rather far from it. Just because India fared extremely bad against England and Australia in one season, doesnt make them 'that ordinary'. They have maintained no 1 rank in tests for more than two years and not all of those matches were played in India. And remember, it's not just India. all subcontinent teams are poor outside the subcontinent, even Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

I am always in awe of the Pakistani pace battery,as a true cricket fan who appreciates good cricket and cricketers.The number of Pakistani fast bowlers and their talent just makes them so admirable.No country in the world can match their pace battery for sure and the bench strength they have on that regard.The only thing which pakistan seem to lack is quality batsmen.After Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan,Pakistan need a quality batsman who can inspire the entire batting line up and hold the line up together.Most Pakistani batsmen seem to follow the "boom boom" trend started by Afridi which has let to ferocious and powerful hitters of the cricket ball with no or little technique.Agreed that Sehwag is an improvised antecedent of the boom boom trend,but his hand eye coordination is what makes him tick.That cant be expected of every batsman.Youngsters tend to follow sehwag and afridi but the players they should try to copy would be dravid,mohammad yousuf,sachin and younis khan.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Even if India loses this final,there is not much shame.U-19 WC 2008 gave us Virat Kohli,it would be great if this WC throws up a mature and intelligent cricket minded player who goes on to do well for India.As for fast bowling is concerned,being an Indian I have no shame in accepting the fact that India has never produced a genuine fast bowler who can consistently bowl at 140+ with decent control.The way the domestic pitches are made in India is hardly going to ever change this unless BCCI uses its resources to prepare lively,bouncy and bowler friendly pitches.Sachin,Dravid and Laxman are once in a lifetime players,with the pitches encouraging our batters to be dustbowl tormenters for other teams find themselves all at bay when it comes to green tops and bouncy pitches.So I really dont expect out future batsmen to be technically competitive enough,for example you can handcount players in India who play the short ball well.If things dont change Indian cricket RIP !! :(

Posted by jasonpete on (August 24, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

@marcio, I guess no one complaining here except you say that draws are uneven.Pakistan ,India ,westindies and NZ are strong teams ( in case you are trying to say this group draw indirectly) where pakistan and india won series in australia which includes the home team participation as well..Dnt underestimate any team.Afterall Australia playing in home condition.Ofcourse Australia are favoritbecause to the above reasons ,but last one yr period, Pakistan and India had more success compared to other teams.Looking for a good contest,Afterall they are future for respective cricket teams.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 24, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

INDIA might be missing something. Why is it that in this U19 world cup our bowlers have been pretty good? Could it be that they are so starved of good pitches in India to bowl on, that they then let loose on green tops? Maybe we are not as speedy as other pace bowlers but bowling slower might induce more swing. I suggest that BCCI should look at options when we have tours to India whereby have half the series are played on green tops and the half of the series on turning tracks.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

@ abdulahadjawaid - I think, you have been misunderstood here.

Posted by abdulahadjawaid on (August 24, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

@CricBlogger05 Obviously I meant when the skills are present at both sides and it comes first. Do I need to start from ABCD? Good for you if you're happy with "your extra-ordinary" team. Lets see in coming years what these Indian bowlers do in future. Still not sure why people are taking me as an anti-Indian. Many of my Indian friends think the same.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

well done Baba Aparajith and the Team India ...

Posted by abdulahadjawaid on (August 24, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

My team (Pakistan) is ORDINARY in ODIs, Indian Test team is ORDINARY overseas, English team is ORDINARY in Asia. So what? What's wrong in accepting the facts like gentleman rather than being childish? Some people are making me feel like I've use some offensive words for India. If they win the cup it will be good because it's always nice to see the defeat of favorites in semi finals/final. Think positively at least and try to read WHOLE message instead of just one word

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

V.JAMMY: Nice and good reply

Posted by Marcio on (August 24, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

We'll see how good India are in the final. A good chance to silence the doubters. However it has to be said that it looks like the two sides of the draw were rather uneven, and I expect Australia to win easily. It would be nice if Indian supporters could ditch the victim mentality. Win, lose or draw the outrage is always there: seeing demons, even where they don't exist.

Posted by Bruisers on (August 24, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Kiwis for breakfast, Kangaroos for lunch! Lets go TIGERS!!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

@abduladjuwaid: Dude we never had nor have any great resources in bowling department like PAK, but the point is there is a word called PRODUCTIVITY!! After having limited resources in bowling department IND has achieved more milestones than PAK, yet to win series in WI and AUS..so if you think that by winning meaningless tournaments in SHARJAH, can prove the supremacy of PAK bowling..then...no comments..

Posted by Fijicricket on (August 24, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

RANDY OZ- The last time these two teams met at the same ground, yes IT WAS A CAKE WALK!!!!!!!!!India thrashed them fast track bullies! I expect yet another WALK IN THE PARK WIN AGAIN FOR INDIA!

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (August 24, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

Well done to the young India guns, to the young doughty kiwis-well played. Here's looking to a enthralling final against OZ. Whilst on home conditions-they do appear superior, but in ODI's who knows? Lets just enjoy the game, see the stars of the future handle the pressure, savour the game in the right spirit and quit bagging opposition bloggers on this forum!!! May the game win!

Posted by ant72 on (August 24, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

Good win India - bad luck NZ. NZ you always bowl and field well, but you have the same problem with your batting that the Black Caps have. Very poor opening batting performances by the batsman all tournament. Your middle order did enough and at times the lower order got you home - until yeterday. There has to be better top order batsman coming through in NZ cricket or else NZ is not going to go to the next level and win major cricket tournaments. Pease identify some top young openers who are 17 or 18 years old and put the work into them now or else we are always going to be average performers on the International stage.

Posted by shahnoor-haque on (August 23, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Being an India i would support India.But it does not mean that i will say foolish things.Australia is better team than India team.They have a good batting,outstanding bowling with acrobatic field.Sorry to say, Australia will crush India with no doubt.India come back home quietly and politely before losing.......otherwise get lost.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 23, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid: Team India is 'ordinary' ?! Well thank you so much. Yes, we are ORDINARY. How will it feel when this ORDINARY team lifts the world cup for a second consecutive time ?! And all the so called favourites are packing up and heading home !! I am LOVING it.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

A lot of cynics and BITTER minded folks wrote off team India. Yet, the young tigers have come out guns blazing. I think India have a good chance to beat Australia in the final given their recent record against them. At the same time, Australia are playing at home and will have the crowd support. Good luck to team India !! Bring the cup home another time !! God Bless.

Posted by ssenthil on (August 23, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

Congrats to the Indian U-19 team for reaching Final of World Cup in toughest condition for batting when our strength being always batting. India's top 3 and Zol has to play yet another responsible Innings to have any realistic chance of winning the Finals. Indian bowlers can't defend below 220 against Aussies in the same Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville. So I wish Indian middle order batsman do some helping score to the top 3.

Posted by vxttemp on (August 23, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

The reason I don't like England is the over-rated hype they bring in as soon as they win something. Like the last Grand slam they won was in 35 or so (they went overboard as soon as Murray got a olympic Medal) and the thing they could achieve is a T20 and a one year No - 1 ranking. Looks like Indian's are no different and are no saints. This is from an Indian. One has to humble when they win. When you lose you could show your emotions and that way you could learn from your mistakes..

Posted by superstar100 on (August 23, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

indian bating is the issue all the matches till now are won by bowlers !!! and if indian batsman not fire in final i dont think so aus will face any problem !!!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Young Tigers going to Finals .....

Posted by Deadwood on (August 23, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

@Harshit Jain, England weren't as lucky as India (I don't mean to offend India, I know they are a good team and have worked hard to get to the final they surely have the ability) but you have got to admit South Africa is a better team than pakistan is maybe if england played pakistan then things would have been different. Its not only skills you need to get to the world cup final you need luck too.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

India will lift the U-19 World Cup with ease, this Australian team remains an ordinary side even at home!

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (August 23, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

@RandyOz (Past) WC 2011-India..(present)(on sunday) WC U19 2012-india..(Future) WC 2015-India....proud to be an indian

Posted by ac_Indian on (August 23, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Well played NZ boys... good luck to Indian team for the finals.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

C'mon India (U-19), win the final & lift the world cup..... Give Australia a sound thrashing & pounding.....All the best Indian team..... V R proud of U.....

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 23, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Randy oz there is no restriction in dreaming.

Posted by screamingeagle on (August 23, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid, I agree. Pakistan team was mentally WEAK to fight. Also, they were not good enough to play the awful and weak Ind bowling and folded for 136. Of course, if your team manage to develop mentally, there is still hope for you. Thanks.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

All the best boys for the final against Aussies..

Posted by perl57 on (August 23, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@RandyOz. You forgot to say, cake walk "For India".

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

First of all Kiwis your fielding was just outstanding! Brilliant catches were taken by young and carter that would have made Jonty rhodes proud! You did play like warriors and lost to a side who is mentally strong and believes they can win from any situation. Team India well played! Every time i see you guys play - there seems to be a unity and strategy to you approach. You know your limitations and play accordingly. Few areas of improvement in Batting- a) Prashant chopra : You have a sound technique if at all you could rotate strike more often would help you score more runs. b) #4, #5, #6 Hope you can provide the finishing touch that you missed against Kiwis. Bowling - Sandeep and Kamal have been very influential in swinging the balls and equally supported by Ravi and Harmeet! One more hurdle and bring the cup back home! Good luck.

Posted by sgrp on (August 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Come on boys. Get us the CUP. UC a capyain's innings for the final please. BA another good allround show. Chopra play as you have done all along the tournament. HS a few more tweakers with wickets & Sandeep Shrma keep it swinging. Also Passi saheb a few hits please

Posted by Nampally on (August 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@Randy OZ: There is no match which is a "Cakewalk", as you put it. No one expects the Finals with your Aussies to be a cakewalk. India has fought hard to grind wins over the last 4 matches & they will do the same in the Finals. In U.Chand, Aparajith & V.Zol India has quality batsmen who will score heavily on their day. I am hoping that day will be in the Finals. Also they have reasonably well balanced seamers & spinners backed up by excellent fielding. Lets Go India!.

Posted by chennai79 on (August 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Good luck guys. Hope you will bring the cup home.

Posted by foursandsixes on (August 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@RandyOz, yes it will be a cakewalk for India! The India colts will win the WC down under (who says they can't play in bouncy pitches :) We will win both tests vs. NZ and also series against Eng and Aus. We will win the 2015 WC so you better find a rock to hide under down under. Or wait for the Ashes and get your butt kicked by the Poms.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

@RandyOZ: on current form, i suppose you do have a point. India have barely managed to scrape through with their batting. plus the home advantage that australia have. let's see what happens though. i'm expecting a close final, though obviously australia are favourites.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Good show by U19 guys..

Good luck for the final...

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Ironical that a team which should have floundered badly (India) in these conditions (fast, bouncy, swinging pitches) made it to the final, and a team which should have felt at home (England) is playing for fifth place.

India has done very well to make it to the final. The batting may have misfired, but the bowling has been top-notch. India has it in them to win the WC.

Posted by Knowledge_Speaks on (August 23, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Aus, be ready to taste of defeat on 26th.

Posted by martin000 on (August 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@ RandyOZ, Yes ofcourse... will be a cakewake for India..

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

india in final.............. congratzzzzzzzz

Posted by OttawaRocks on (August 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

All the pressure on Australia now. They have the home crowd and they are the favourites. If they can't even deliver with this kind of advantage then they don't deserve to be ranked in the top nations. The choke tag is knocking on Australia's door.

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 23, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

@RandyOZ - yes it will be a cakewalk for Indians just like in April when Unmukt Chand hit Pat Cummins for 3 sixes in one over & India won quadrangular series final against Australia !

Posted by mrcricket300 on (August 23, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Man, NewZealand always choke in the semifinals.

Posted by screamingeagle on (August 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

@Randyoz, comment noted, we might have to revisit that after the final.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Well done U 19 team. I was one of them who thought India cannot make it to the final coz of it's weak middle order and so overly dependant on the captain to put some decent score on the board. Good luck against the aussies as it is going be very difficult to beat the home team as they a strong bunch of talented lads. @abdulahadjawaid : Being Mentally strong is also one of the attributes of talents that helps team win. Your remark of this Indian team being ordinary makes this run to the final even more special.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 23, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

WELL DONE YOUNG GUNS . VERY IMPRESED BY INDIAN BOWLERS ESPECIALLY SANDEEP SHARMA & HARMEET SINGH .

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Full credit to our young boys, in adapting fast to the conditions. Much faster than I expected. Tremendous improvement. Skilled and committed. Good show. Good luck in the finals. Looking forward to it. If some of the support staff can help the two openers ( both of them are very talented) to calm down, in the initial overs, they have the potential to graduate to the senior team. Glad to see that Unmukt is controlling his temptation to roll his arm over, when he has 5 good bowlers. He used his bowlers well. His captaincy is also improving.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Good Luck India!!! Watch Chak De before the finals..and win the world cup!!!

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 23, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Great, the final should be a cakewalk now

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

First congrats to Indian U-19 team for reaching the final. I still think Australia U-19 has better chance in the final then Indian U-19 team, since Indian batting not really clicked so far. I hope India can repeat the result of "Quadrangular Under-19 Series" they achieved this year. India won that tournament thanks to the exceptional batting of U-19 Captain Unmukt Chand in the last two matches at that time. But none of the India's U-19 batsman have really clicked so far even though there are couple of good batting displays. Hope they provide good batting display in the final. India is in the final thanks to solid bowling display. I hope and pray they win the cup with their collective display in the final. Go India go.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Kudos to our boys!! A Fantastic Acheivement by the Indian Boys. Interestingly it is our fourth U-19 World Cup Final. 3 out of the finals have been in alien condiitions. Wonder what the Oz/Eng/Pak fans have to say now?? The sad thing is that even though our boys have won 2 finals, if we don't win this, all the OZ/Paki/Pommie jingoists/xenophobics will be out with their daggers to say something nasty about our boys. It is just too bitter a pill to swallow for these folks as India is now becoming a power to reckon with atleast in the U-19 cricket world.

Posted by torsha on (August 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Woaahh India in final. Gotta love this nation. India Rocks!!

Posted by dariuscorny on (August 23, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Eng always beat their chest after the start of any series or a tounament,but we see them coming out crying humbled and humiliated every now and then,some matches won against declining and ageing opponents and they think they hv started a "Legacy"(as said by overoptimistic Eng media)......Go India,win

Posted by Nampally on (August 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Another close one!. Well done India to keep your nerve & come out on the right side. Aparajith batted very well with a good strike rate when India were rather slow at the start. Chand was batting well & I thought he is on his way to a big score until he was suddenly out. I eas disappointed with Zol. Thanks to the last wicket, India added a few more runs above 200, which eventually turned out to be the difference maker in the result. There is just one more hurdle to cross & be the World cup winners. If you play hard with grit & determination the success will be yours.Good Luck!.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

ABDULLAHADJAWAIDS--what a comody , the team which is in final in a alian country is ordinary , we really apriciat u r team , u r u-19 team is really a formidable one , learn to give credit where it deserves , u can think in what ever manner but those who performs will be apritiated ireespective of boundries .

Posted by ajikar on (August 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

U19 World cup in Australia is for India additionally 2015 world cup in Australia also for INDIA - Wait and see - We drive the cricket world with money and efficiency

Posted by V.Jammy on (August 23, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid: Hey man, you forgot to write the word "extra" in front of "ordinary" in your comment!

Posted by abdulahadjawaid on (August 23, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I always support good cricket. Honestly speaking I didn't find Indian bowlers good enough. Only Passi is better among all. However, I see good future of Bab Aparajith in coming years. Even though he failed what was expected from his batting but I still liked his batting style more than the run scorers. Prashant Chopra has been impressive too

Posted by Percy_Fender on (August 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

The problem amongst the comment writers in cricinfo is that the IPL and India's clout with the ICC has made them favourite whipping boys.So when India got to the No 1 position in the rankings there was a deafening silence caused by a mixture of awe and envy. The fact is that the No 1 ranking came within the framework of the ICC's tour programmes and point system. People from Pakistan are probably entitled to their dislike for the "Men in Blue" because their players have been kept out of the IPL and consequently,its riches. But they should understand that the BCCI has to conform with the country's foreign policy. From the looks of it India is slowly coming to terms with the retirement of some of the greatest players of this game of all time. This U 19 team has one or two who will perpetuate India's good showing of upto 2011, ( when they lost badly to England and Australia). It is also possible that they could be No 1 again with the lessons they would have learnt from their losses.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 23, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Well done , You guys showed that Indians can also play well in green tracks..

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 23, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Indian team was not as overhyped as was the Pakistani team by their fans ( based on some comments before the cup started , it seems like Waqar , Wasim and Marshall had become U-19 again and listening about Babar, Sami and others it seemed Sachin and Richards had been reborn as Pakistanis and were now in this team). Overconfidence and overhypegets someone nowhere except maybe deserve6th spot . Indian team on other hand was aware of its weakness & worked strategies to overcome that. They did falter against WI but against Pakistan and NZ they kept their cool, stuck to their strengths and kicked them both of WCup. The best example was Harmeet/Sandeep batting 7 overs for 10 runs to win it and were so cool and confident. Imagine Pakistan trying to chase 10 runs in 7 overs with 1 wkt. They would have gone Afridi style -blind hit and lost by 6 overs. Also against NZ the Indian batting was so calm and composed and realised that a run rate of 3.5 was good enough for the pitch with wkts intac

Posted by V.Jammy on (August 23, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Congratulations U-19 Team India! First time I am seeing that our Bowlers took us to the World Cup Finals. Almost every Indian victory was earned by our Bowlers. Not to critisize, but our batting has been poor. In the List of Tournament's highest Run getters, first Indian batsman comes at 18th place & the second comes at 27th place! Come on boys, just one more hurdle to jump over to catch the World Cup! Score heavily please & Bowl miserely as usual !!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Congrats Team India U-19. The Indian U-19 team has always done well through years. And I hope you succeed Kohli's team which won the cup.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 23, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

great going guys. all the best for the finals. contrary to whatever happens on Sunday, you have made us proud.We have either won or reached S/F or ended runners up most of the time in U19.People talking about our cupboard being bare after the greats have retired..........think again.

Posted by Bogelking on (August 23, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

It is good to see the Indian colts again in final to capture the coveted trophy as they did against south africa in 2008. Now the opponents are only different, and Australia is a team that we need not take easily. One has to remember that they are playing in home, so the conditions that they will adhere will not be new for them. But as far as the Indians are concerned a rejuvanated show of what they did against the Kiwis will be needed here and more than that. I know it is easier said than done. But still it is good for the future of Indian cricket to showcase the keen followers of the game that we are not only dominant in "tailor made batting subcontinental pitches", but could put up a valiant fight and surprise the teams in their own courtyard as well. Best wishes for my team to play well in the final on sunday against the Aussies and elevate the pride of the nation once again that your predecessors have done before.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (August 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Congrats to India for reaching the Finals! Bad luck NZ.But you were doing well. - Sri Lankan fan

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Congrats for win in Semi Final against Kiwis... All the Best for Final... Just Hope you all repeat the same what Indian Senior Team Team.... Lifting the World Cup...

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@abduladjuwaid wth do u mean we are mentally too strong, u also need talent to beat top teams and India definitly seem to have more talents batsmen if not bowlers than pak under 19

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Indian colts reached finals making a summit clash with aussies..townsvile track is difficult to bat its bowling freindly wickets 136 was almost defended by pakis..it was a great cricket all the way. Finals will be very exciting one aussies are up againist the best bowling unit in tournement..lets who takes the coveted cup...

Posted by sumit176 on (August 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@abdulahadjawab...indeed, india is ordinary,,,they were lucky in mohali,,,they were again lucky in mirpur(asia cup match),,,and they were again lucky in U19 quarterfinal....how dare they can bat world class pakistan...lol

Posted by CricBlogger05 on (August 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@abdulahadjawaid... So do you propose that just by being 'mentally TOO strong' teams can reach top spots/rankings and win world cups etc, even if they have no skills. You are simply making yourself a laughing stock here brother, by calling the Indian U-19 team and senior team 'ordinary'. In your opinion, it seems to me that PCB should remove all the coaches and rather appoint some psychiatrists, as all they need is to be mentally 'TOO' strong than batting, bowling or fielding skills, which have deteriorated anyways! Gud luck.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Nope I dont think you call India the favorites to win the cup. Oz are as it is in the backyard. At least INDIA will give them a fight just like how they did in the EMERGING PLAYERS TOURNAMENT held in Oz earlier this year when India won. Just a reminder to some who call us "flat track bullies" we would not have made it thus far.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 23, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

According to some Oz/Eng fans we are called "FLAT TRACK BULLIES" and they dont have any respect for Indian cricketers. Well INDIA U19 have reached the finals in OZ backyard. Here is a youngster (PUJARA) who has replaced a stalwart in tests and he scores a CENTURY vs NZ today. Some of these fans mocked us that Bangladesh/IRELAND can beat us. Also according to these fans we have not scored 100's outside India. LAXMAN, SACHIN, DRAVID, SHEWAG, GAMBHIR, CHAND(new boy), GANGULY etc all have scored outside INDIA. Some of these were great when they were younger - so dont only look at the current picture.

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (August 23, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@TheIndiaRockers what? did you say english supporters? I'l tell you where they are. They have gone into hibernation for another 16 years until they manage to beat India again. Then they will come out shouting for one year. LOl We are the champs in 50 over format and thats all what matters! And BTW India is the only side to hold all 3. Test number 1, World cup 50 and worldtT20 titles so its natural for others to get jealous. hehe

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Great match and effort by both teams! Congrats to India for the great team work! India have the potential to beat Australia but the only thing I'm afraid of is that India's batting lineup is not performing too well. Some people perform in one game, the others in another. Only the bowlers are consistent. If each and every person of the 11 member squad contributes, then India can beat the Australians. All the best guys!

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Well.. It was really a great achievement for the boys.. Real achievement in fact.. No one gave them chance especially after the first game loss against WI.. Batsmen just gave the bowlers enough.. Sandeep was just the guys for the team.. Bowled really well whenever he came in and the likes of Passi and Ravikant to chip in wickets and maintain pressure was just great to see.. Spinners never drifted away from the game.. Overall, a great team effort with almost everyone contributing. Good luck for one last time folks..

Posted by ani. on (August 23, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

so many negative comments after India's first match against WI .some of them even predicted India will be out in group stage. pathetic team..blah..blah..nice tight slap indeed!.

Posted by TheIndiaRockers on (August 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Young indian lads showed a great temperment,Congrat for hard fought win against NZ.Come on guys win the U19 worldcup show what we are capable ... All the best to young indian team... Where are the england supporters? wake up man .....

Posted by abdulahadjawaid on (August 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Indian team is ordinary at all levels whether it's U19 or senior. They have edge over others because they're mentally TOO strong. Pakistan would've still lost the quarter final if they were in the similar situation faced by India that day.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@counterstrike....she is just a ignorant fan,,,better to ignore her

Posted by Fijicricket on (August 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

INDIA will start favourites. The fast track bullies were easily beaten by the same Indian side just a few months back on the same ground. Sonya jones its not a film of sweat-thats the same fast track bullliies feel- FEAR TO BE BEATON BY THE SAME SIDE AGAIN!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

great show Team India.. Keep up the good work. there's is something with this team which makes me believe they can do it.. especially after the loss against much improved under 19s West-Indies.. They held their nerve again. Would love to c u guys lift the Cup. All the best.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

And btw, Where is "Sonya Jones" who was constantly degrading this Indian Team ? Look, India have reached finals against your expectations on Fast and Bouncy Tracks. :) A tight slap indeed, Sonya ?

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 23, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian U-19 lads. Good job done. Our bowlers have been brilliant. Sandeep Sharma, Passi, RaviKant, Harmeet - all genuine wicket takers. Someone like Baba Aparajith with his all-round ability is a very dependable player both with Bat and Ball. Against Australia, I hope India puts up a good fight. Although, Australia is The favourite to win the Cup but I have confidence in my bowlers that they can turn the the match in India's favour if batsmen puts up a decent total on board. Good Luck to both teams.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Congratulations Team India!! Good bowling helped us win. It so nice when we are recognized as good bowling unit. You are doing great job bowlers and fielders complementing well. Batting has been not so good. Improve batting, bowling and fielding and it will be tough against Australia. Work hard and you will be winners of world cup. All the best.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 23, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Great achievement by young lads! Congrats! Hope they will fight in the finals even if the conditions suit hosts more. Nothing to lose.All the best!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

superb match.. great finish.. well played U-19 Team India!!!

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