The 2nd match in Group A of the ACC Under-19s Asia Cup 2019 will be played between Afghanistan Under-19s and Pakistan Under-19s at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (4:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST).
P Sara Oval will host one of the two U19 Asia Cup matches to be played on the first day of the tournament as Pakistan Under-19s takes on Afghanistan Under-19s. In the last couple of years, the Afghan team has thoroughly dominated the Pakistan team in Youth ODIs. Since the start of 2017, the two sides met on the three instances and the Afghanistan team won in all three.
In fact, two of those wins came during the 2017 Asia Cup including one in the final of that tournament. Afghanistan bundled out Pakistan to 57 and 63 respectively in that competition and also defeated in the league phase match in the 2018 Under-19s CWC. However, the current set of players from Afghanistan are regarded to be the weaker ones while Pakistan is fresh of a 7-0 Youth ODI series win in South Africa.
A brief period of time was lost during the recent Test match between the hosts and Blackcaps at the P Sara Oval due to heavy rains. However, the forecast is much better for this Asia Cup match. The skies are expected to be partly cloudy and spells of rain overnight and towards the end of the game. Minimum of 20 overs each side to produce a result can be completed in the remaining time.
The P Sara Oval hosted three Youth ODIs between Sri Lanka and Australia at the start of the year. All the three games witnessed 250+ totals which can, in general, be chased down due to the short boundaries. However, there was enough seam movement for the pacers throughout the recently concluded Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The teams might avoid batting first in such cases.
Average first innings score: 274 (Youth ODI matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Mohammad Ishaq (WK), Rahmanullah, Asif Musazai, Farhan Zakhil (C), Islam Zazai, Ahmad Zahir, Jamshid Khan, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Abdul Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazal Haq
Bench – Abidullah Taniwal, Nangyal Khan, Samiullah, Sediqullah Atal.
Haider Ali, Rohail Nazir (WK & C), Fahad Munir, Mohammad Haris, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Akhtar Shah, Mohammad Aamir, Naseem Shah, Aamir Ali
Bench – Basit Ali, Abu Huraira, Abdul Wahid, Qasim Akram.
Asif Musazai, who recently turned 16, has scored two centuries in first-class cricket. Opener Haider Ali has struck a hundred and five fifties in 12 Youth ODI innings. Jamshid Khan has only 62 wickets from 13 first-class games. Skipper Rohail Nazir is 17 short of completing 1000 Youth ODI runs which shows his experience at this level.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Haider Ali, Rohail Nazir, Asif Musazai, Abbas Afridi.
Vice-Captain – Mohammad Haris, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah, Shafiqullah Ghafari.
Abbas Afridi and Mohammad Haris have pretty good numbers in the Youth ODIs. Afridi averages 39 with the bat and has taken 11 wickets in ten matches while Haris averages 59.5 with help of four fifties in 11 matches and claimed three wickets.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rohail Nazir
Batters – Rahmanullah, Asif Musazai, Noor Ahmad, Haider Ali (C)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Haris (VC), Abbas Afridi, Shafiqullah Ghafari
Bowlers – Aamir Ali, Abdul Rahman, Naseem Shah
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rohail Nazir
Batters – Farhan Zakhil, Asif Musazai (C), Noor Ahmad, Haider Ali
All-Rounders – Mohammad Haris, Abbas Afridi (VC), Shafiqullah Ghafari
Bowlers – Jamshid Khan, Fazal Haq, Aamir Ali
The 14-year-old chinaman bowler Noor Ahmad is listed as a batsman in Dream11 for this match. Space can be made for picking him as he is in good form. He took a 4-wicket haul against UAE in the last match.
Pakistan might edge past Afghanistan gave their series win over South Africa Under-19s recently.
*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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