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06 February 201615:09

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Day 12 Preview

Full preview of all matches at U19 CWC Day 12 as England U19 faces Sri Lanka U19 with a semifinal spot at stake, and Canada U19 and Ireland U19 eye a much-desired win

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Day 12 Preview  
 - Cricket News

It remains to be seen how England comes out in its first trial by spin in the tournament in a do-or-die clash.

England Under-19 is taking baby steps in terms of overseas performance. It has not fully got the hang of Asian pitches. It lost all matches in Colombo during the triangular series involving Sri Lanka and India before coming for the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016.

With areas to work on despite winning all its group matches, England watched parts of the league match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as it was to face the loser of the match in its quarterfinal clash at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (February 7).

That England will be playing Sri Lanka is because Charith Asalanka’s team couldn't construct a chase of 213 in an all-out spin battle at the same venue.

It remains to be seen how England comes out in its first trial by spin in the tournament in a do-or-die clash, but the manner in which it has played in the tournament so far has been a reflection of the changing wind in English cricket.

Ever since Trevor Bailey joined hands with Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, the England senior team’s approach has been refreshing. The junior side too has pleased the neutrals in Bangladesh.

Against Fiji, Dan Lawrence (174) and Jack Burnham (148) shared a partnership of 303 runs – the highest stand for any wicket in the history of Youth One-Day Internationals. Lawrence has followed that with two more fifties, and Burnham became the first batsman to score two hundreds in this tournament when he hit an unbeaten 106 in the 129-run win against Zimbabwe.

England has so far scored 941 runs in 150 overs, with Burnham (298 at 149) and Lawrence (288 at 96) heading the tournament batting charts. And, Sadiq Mahmood, the right-arm seamer, has been the competition’s best bowler so far with 11 wickets at 7.54. A complete dominance in all departments till this point.

“Generally, I have got the license to sort of go there and try to get the team off to a good start,” said Lawrence, when asked about his aggressive approach at the top of the order. “Sometimes, it doesn’t work, sometime when I hit a four it looks really good. But, in this tournament I have got to put a bigger price on my wicket, because I am one of the senior players.

“If you see our [senior team’s] batting, we have got 350-plus scores in a lot of games recently,” said Lawrence, explaining the prevailing mindset. “I think it is really warming up and it’s a good system that they are picking young players.”

A chance to make the step up is driving the England players – there are nine first-class players in the ranks, but Sri Lanka is always a tough opponent in these conditions.

As the two teams prepare to make it to the last four, it is worth recollecting their last encounter from the 2014 World Cup in Dubai, which was one of the most exciting matches in the edition.

First, England rode on Jonathan Tattersall’s 95 to post 230 for 9 before Sadeera Samarawickrama’s attractive 82 put Sri Lanka in a strong position. But, a collapse triggered by Josh Shaw left Sri Lanka needing 18 runs with two wickets in hand. Amidst the tension, the last-wicket pair of Anuk Fernando and Lakshan Jayasinghe added nine runs to seal a thrilling one-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

No players remain from that contest, but England would love to put one past an Asian team in their backyard and make it to the semifinal for the second consecutive edition.

Teams (from):
England U19: Brad Taylor (capt), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.

Sri Lanka U19: 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.

Canada U19 v Ireland U19, 13th place play-off semifinal
Sheik Kamal International Stadium, Cox’s Bazar

Having lost their quarterfinals in the Plate Championship phase of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, Canada and Ireland will now play a semifinal, albeit for the 13th place finish, on Sunday. With both teams having lost all their matches so far, they're playing for pride.

Batting is a concern for both sides. Canada suffered an eight-wicket loss to Zimbabwe, but its attempts to arrest its batting troubles was evident. It dug in deep and rotated strike, but when it needed to accelerate, it lost wickets. That is something it will want to address.

Ireland had similar troubles against South Africa, posting 187 for 5 after an early wobble, largely thanks to Lorcan Tucker’s 98-ball 77.

Canada’s captain, Abraash Khan, sustained an ankle problem against Zimbabwe, and was restricted to bowling just one over. Whether he takes the field on Sunday remains to be seen. Ireland, meanwhile, has no apparent injury worries.

Both have similar problems, and it will come down to which one of them can keep the issues under wraps.

Teams (from)
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.

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.