Christchurch (January 29, 2018): The Pakistan U19 team will face their biggest test of the ongoing World Cup when they face arch-rivals India U19 team in the semi-final at the Hagley Oval on Tuesday.
Pakistan, who have faced only one defeat in the tournament in the opening match against Afghanistan, beat South Africa in the quarter-final to enter the semis.
Meanwhile, India, unbeaten in the tournament, thrashed Bangladesh to book their semi-final berth.
The winner of the match will face Australia U19 team in the final, who beat Afghanistan comprehensively on Monday to claim the first spot in the landmark final.Pakistan have a better win-loss record against India in the Under-19 cricket World Cup. They have won five and lost three in eight previous matches.
Throughout the tournament, Pakistan have found strength from their bowling department, with Shaheen Shah Afridi bagging 11 wickets in four matches with a six-for.
Meanwhile, Anukul Roy has been India’s primary weapon in the bowling department with 11 wickets with a five-for to his name.
In the batting department, Pakistan’s Ali Zaryab Asif is their top-scorer with 163 runs in four matches and a highest score of 74 not out.For India’s, Shubman Gill hold the top spot in batting with 239 runs in four matches and the best score of 90 not out.
However, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir is the best man behind the stumps in the tournament till now with his ten dismissals —all caught behinds.
Right-arm pacer further added that team management needs to help the players in such a crunch match by giving them confidence.
India: Prithvi Shaw (C), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh.
Pakistan: Hasan Khan (C), Rohail Nazir , Mohammad Ali Khan, Ali Zaryab, Ammad Alam, Arshad Iqbal, Imran Shah, Mohammad Taha, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Muhammad Musa, Muhammad Zaid, Munir Riaz, Saad Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Suleman Shafqat.