29 January 2016
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Day 4 Preview
Full preview of all matches at U19 CWC Day 4 as India U19 gears up for clash with New Zealand U19, Pakistan U19 plays Canada U19, Afghanistan U19 looks for improvement against Sri Lanka U19, and Ireland U19 meets Nepal U1
Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar take a run.
Dhaka offers you so much to like about it. The food is nice, the people, like true-natured Bengalis, are hospitable and laidback. Everyone seems to know everyone like any other small city. But, there are also things that can put you off, like the insane traffic on the road that forces you to inhale the dusty air for most parts of the day.
For the young cricketers from around the world who are in Bangladesh for the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup, the perception of the place would vary depending on how their team has fared so far.
Not that the unlikeable elements would be running in the head of a positive New Zealand Under-19 outfit, but after its 32-run defeat to Nepal Under-19 in the first game, it has no option left but to repackage themselves, like its senior team has done so admirably over the last couple of years, and give itself a fighting chance to remain in fray for the knockouts.
Its defeat has opened up the Group D table. New Zealand not only have to beat India Under-19 in its next game at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (January 30), but also hope that Ireland Under-19 gets the better of Nepal. That scenario doesn’t assure it of any progress, but at least puts it in a better position than it is in currently.
The biggest attraction about youth World Cups is the element of surprise that they throw up. Aware of it, the bigger teams prepare themselves accordingly. But, thanks to Twenty20 cricket, Internet, access to foreign coaches and improved infrastructure, the gap keeps reducing with every edition.
New Zealand, one of the best fielding sides in the world, got a taste of its own medicine during its chase of 239 as Nepal effected three run outs. The batsmen not only have to improve their communication skills, but the team has to raise its game across departments by many notches if it has to topple an in-form India team, which currently seems to have a solution to every challenge thrown at it.
Top-order collapse: Dial Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar, as was the case during the 79-run win over Ireland. Ground fielding: Look out for Ricky Bhui, Ishan Kishan and Armaan Jaffer among others. Bowling department: A left-arm seamer (Khaleel Ahmed), a right-arm seamer (Avesh Khan), a third seamer (Rahul Batham), an offspinner (Sundar), a legspinner (Zeeshan Ansari),a left-arm spinner (Mahipal Lomror) and a part-time spinner (Sarfaraz) complete the pack.
While New Zealand had a full-fledged nets session at the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Academy Ground before the marquee clash to iron out the chinks in its armour, India took its mind off the game.
The players' energy in the lobby of the team hotel was infectious. Sarfaraz, headphones plugged on, took the mickey out of his mates. Bhui, like his studied batting, was engrossed taking selfies. Avesh and Khaleel requested a scribe to take their picture, and Sundar was busy searching for a backdrop that would make him look good in the camera. Jaffer was in a humorous mood, while Lomror and Ansari were dressed in their best outfits to go out for a team lunch.
Having lived out of suitcases for most parts of his life, Rahul Dravid, who looked fitter than some of the boys, and Paras Mhambrey were happy to be in the background as the boys brought the lobby alive. But come the time for the team meeting, the duo will do the maximum talking.
The win against Ireland was not a comprehensive show in any sense. The top order’s failure reduced the team to 55 for 4, and then the bowlers could not break the Lorcan Tucker-William McClintock association that added 113 runs for 25.1 overs. Such a dry patch against stronger teams could prove decisive.
While securing a place in the knockouts with a win against New Zealand would be India’s first priority, the coaching unit, which also includes Abhay Sharma, would be interested in noting down how many individual boxes the boys tick.
India: Ishan Kishan (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Zeeshan Ansari, Rahul Batham, Ricky Bhui, Mayank Dagar, Armaan Jaffer, Sarfaraz Khan, Amandeep Khare, Avesh Khan, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Mavi, Anmolpreet Singh, Washington Sundar.
New Zealand: Josh Finnie (capt), Finnley Allen, Josh Clarkson, Zak Gibson, Christian Leopard, Felix Murray, Aniket Parikh, Dale Phillips, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Talor Scott, Ben Sears, Nathan Smith, Daniel Stanley, Ross ter Braak.
Pakistan U19 v Canada U19, Group B - Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet
Having comprehensively seen off Afghanistan Under-19 in what was a potential banana peel in its ICC Under-19 World Cup opener, Pakistan Under-19 has a chance to seal its progress to the knockouts when it takes on Canada Under-19 at Sylhet District Stadium on Saturday (January 29).
Never during its six-wicket win over Afghanistan did it seem that Pakistan was on the back foot. It was an all-round display that would have done a great deal to banish any big-tournament jitters on the team, devoid of anyone with experience from previous World Cups.
Meanwhile, Canada were outclassed by Sri Lanka Under-19 in its opener as its players, who have had to attune to conditions vastly different from what they are used to, conceded 315 runs and were bundled out for 119 in 39.2 overs.
Canada know it has its back to the wall, and would push as hard as it can. The impetus is on Pakistan here. A win will more or less guarantee qualification. Defeat, however, would mean its fate hinges on the final Group B clash against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan: Gauhar Hafeez (capt), Muhammad Asad, Saif Ali, Saif Badar, Sameen Gul, Salman Fayyaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Khan, Irfan Liaqat, Hasan Mohsin, Umair Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Arsal Sheikh, Ahmad Shafiq. Mohammad Umar.
Canada: Abraash Khan (capt), Bhavindu Adhihetty, Thursaanth Anantharajah, Akash Gill, Abdul Haseeb, Wijayaraj, Suliman Khan, Arslan Khan, Mamik Luthra, Miraj Patel, Shlok Patel, Kurt Ramdath, Sarbot Sivia, Harsh Thaker, Amish Taploo, Prushoth.
Sri Lanka U19 v Afghanistan U19, Group B - Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Sri Lanka has been handed a fairly helpful run of fixtures in the group stages, in increasing order of difficulty. Having played and easily beaten Canada in its opener, it now takes on the trickier prospect of Afghanistan, knowing that a win would put it on the verge of qualification. However, that will be easier said than done.
Afghanistan suffered a six-wicket loss against Pakistan on Thursday, but there were a few positives it will take heart from. Tariq Stanikzai’s defiant half-century will be considered a template for the rest of the batsmen to follow, while with the ball, Zia-ur-Rehman and Rashid Khan, who has already made his full international debut, delayed Pakistan’s chase by chipping away impressively. Zakir Khan is another useful spinner in its armory, and it will be hopeful of scuttling Sri Lanka’s batsmen, who can expect to face a significantly tougher challenge than the one Canada posed.
Sri Lanka: Charith Asalanka (capt), Sammu Ashan, Kaveen Bandara, Jehan Daniel, Avishka Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Charana Nanayakkara, Thilan Nimesh, Vishard Randika, Lahiru Samarakoon, Damitha Silva.
Afghanistan: Ihsanullah Janat (capt), Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar, Zahir Ahmadzai, Qais Hassan, Karim Janat, Ikram Ali Khail, Shamsurrahman Wali Khail, Zahir Khan, Muslim Musa, Nijat Masood, Parwiz Malikzai, Nasir Omar, Naveed Obaid, Waheed Shafaq, Tariq Stanikzai.
Ireland U19 v Nepal U19, Group D - Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
The Nepal camp is buzzing with excitement, but none of the boys are willing to get ahead of themselves, fully aware how crucial the game against Ireland at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Saturday is.
Having beaten New Zealand in its first game on the back of an all-round batting effort, incisive spin bowling and sharp fielding, Nepal is one step away from almost qualifying for the knockouts.
Ireland, on the other hand, need to pull up its game after its loss against India and beat Nepal to remain in contention. For that, it would be expecting the six set of brothers in its lineup, along with Joshua Little and Rory Anders, both of who bowled really well against India, to rise to the occasion.
Whichever way the result goes, the fact that a non-Test playing nation has put its hat in the qualification ring makes things interesting.
Nepal: Raju Rijal (capt), Dipendra Airee, MD Sunil Dhamala, Himanshu Dutta, Saurabh Khanal, Kushal Bhurtel, Yogendra Karki, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishan Pandey, Shankar Rana, Prem Tamang, Arif Sheikh, Sandeep Sunar, Dipesh Shrestha, Rajbir Singh.
Ireland: Jack Tector (capt), Rory Anders, Andrew Austin, Varun Chopra, Adam Dennison, Stephen Doheny, Aaron Gillespie, Josh Little, Gary McClintock, William McClintock, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Fiachra Tucker, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White.
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