The Group A match of the ACC Under-19s Asia Cup 2019 will be played between Afghanistan Under-19s and Kuwait Under-19s at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (4:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST).
Afghanistan Under-19s kick-started their campaign in style by defeating Pakistan Under-19s. They were limited to 162/9 with the bat in the restricted 46 overs. However, they came out to produce brilliance with the ball by bundling them out for just 78. This is the 3rd time in as many games since 2017 that Afghanistan have bowled out Pakistan Under-19s under 100 in Youth Asia Cup.
They will now face Kuwait in their 2nd match and a win here could well hand them a spot in the semi-finals from the Group A. They are part of the group involving India and Pakistan which is considered as the Group of death. Kuwait, on the other hand, made a reasonable start to the tournament. In the restricted 23 overs, they posted 110/7 and made India Under-19s sweat up to 19.1 overs for a win.
Compared to the first two days, much better weather is expected in Colombo on Saturday. Though there will be a delayed start like in the first four matches, this game is unlikely to be interrupted by rains once it gets started.
The RPS Stadium in Colombo saw a low scoring game between Sri Lanka and Nepal on Friday. The recent results in Youth ODIs at this venue expected a similar match with spinners of both teams having a say. Same is expected for the game on Saturday between Afghans and Kuwait.
Average first innings score: 211 (Youth ODI matches since 2016)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Mohammad Ishaq (WK), Rahmanullah, Asif Musazai, Farhan Zakhil (C), Nangeyalia kharote, Sediqullah Atal, Jamshid Khan, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Jandu Hamoud, Abidullah Taniwal, Noor Ahmad, Fazal Haq
Bench – Nangyal Khan, Samiullah, Abdul Rahman, Ahmad Zahir, Islam Zazai.
Meet Bhavsar (WK), Gokul Kumar, Abdul Sadiq (C), Govind Kumar, A Sanjeev Nair, Faez Qureshi, Abdul Rehman, Aamir Ali, Abdullah Zaheer.
Bench – Umer Abdullah, Zeeshan Jilani, Ahmed Majed, Anas Ashfaq, Saem Mohammad.
The 16-year-old Asif Musazai can be trusted based on his first-class cricket experience. Jamshid Khan didn’t get a chance to bowl much due to shortened game. His FC record reads 62 wickets from 13 matches. The 14-year-old chinaman bowler Noor Ahmad was listed as a batsman in the previous game but is in bowlers’ category for this match. He could well run through Kuwait’s batting order.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shafiqullah Ghafari, Abdul Sadiq, Meet Bhavsar.
Vice-Captain – Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah, Faez Qureshi.
Shafiqullah Ghafari took three wickets and scored 13 runs in the first game. He does possess a solid all-round record in Youth ODIs. The Kuwait skipper Abdul Sadiq didn’t have a notable first match but is expected to come good this time.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Meet Bhavsar (VC), Mohammad Ishaq
Batters – Rahmanullah, Sediqullah Atal, Gokul Kumar, Govind Kumar,
All-Rounders – Shafiqullah Ghafari (C), Abdul Sadiq
Bowlers – Noor Ahmad, Abidullah Taniwal, Faez Qureshi
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Meet Bhavsar, Mohammad Ishaq
Batters – Farhan Zakhil, Asif Musazai (C), Haider Ali
All-Rounders – Abdul Sadiq (C), Jandu Hamoud, Shafiqullah Ghafari
Bowlers – Noor Ahmad, Fazal Haq, Aamir Ali
Kuwait players did well against India Under-19s in the previous game. They could come up with much better performance against the Afghanistan team. The players who were quite successful during the qualifying tournament can be picked here.
Afghanistan Under-19s could be too tough to handle for Kuwait U19s.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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