The 1st match in Group A of the Under-19s Asia Cup 2019 will be played between India Under-19s and Pakistan Under-19s at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (4:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST).
The arch-rivals, India and Pakistan will clash off in the Under-19s Asia Cup on Saturday in a crucial Group A fixture. The defending champions of the tournament, India Under-19s began with a convincing win on Thursday against Kuwait Under-19s. The lower-ranked side did bat well to reach 110/7 in the restricted 23 overs. India did take 19.1 overs for the loss of three wickets to reach the target.
Many of the players were featuring for India U19s for the first could be the reason of needing extra efforts to beat Kuwait. On the other hand, Pakistan Under-19s succumbed to the Afghanistan Under-19s jinx. They have not lost to the Afghans in all four Youth ODIs since 2018 which includes three Asia Cup fixtures which they lost after being bundled out under 100.
Moratuwa, about 1 hour away from Colombo, might not have any different weather from what we have seen on the first two days of the tournament. However, the forecast for Saturday suggests the weather getting better as the day progresses. We might have a match of 35-40 overs if the rain stops by the time of scheduled start.
The Tyronne Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa has hosted three Youth ODIs since 2016; all between India and Sri Lanka. Interestingly, India Under-19s won all three matches. From those three games, it can be said that the pitch won’t be any easy for chasing teams. But they can keep down the target down by taking wickets with the new ball which is quite often at this venue.
Average first innings score: 232 (Youth ODI matches since 2016)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Tilak Varma, Dhruv Jurel (WK & C), Nehal Wadhera, Arjun Azad, Shashwat Rawat, Suved Parkar, Akash Singh, Atharva Ankolekar, Purnank Tyagi, Vidyadhar Patil, Pankaj Yadav
Bench – Varun Lavande, Karan Lal, Sushant Mishra, Salil Arora.
Basit Ali, Haider Ali, Rohail Nazir (WK & C), Fahad Munir, Mohammad Haris, Irfan Khan, Abbas Afridi, Akhtar Shah, Mohammad Aamir, Naseem Shah, Aamir Ali
Bench – Abdul Bangalzai, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abu Huraira, Abdul Wahid, Qasim Akram.
The value of Thakur Tilak Verma, Dhruv Chand Jurel and Shashwat Rawat will be known if the Pakistan bowlers can get rid of the top-order early on. The trio is trustworthy especially after what they did in England in the later stages of the tournament that too under pressure.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Fahad Munir, Arjun Azad, Haider Ali, Abbas Afridi
Vice-Captain – Thakur Tilak Verma, Dhruv Jurel, Shashwat Rawat, Mohammad Haris
Fahad Munir’s all-round ability and Haider Ali’s consistency in Youth ODIs can be trusted for the multiplier options.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dhruv Chand Jurel, Rohail Nazir
Batters – Arjun Azad (C), Nehal Wadhera, Thakur Tilak Verma, Haider Ali
All-Rounders – Fahad Munir (VC)
Bowlers – Akash Singh, Purnank Tyagi, Abbas Afridi, Aamir Ali
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dhruv Chand Jurel, Rohail Nazir
Batters – Shashwat Rawat, Thakur Tilak Verma (VC), Haider Ali (C)
All-Rounders – Fahad Munir, Suved Parkar
Bowlers – Vidyadhar Patil, Purnank Tyagi, Abbas Afridi, Naseem Shah, Aamir Ali
The likes of Sushant Mishra and Karan Lal who were part of the Tri-Series in England didn’t play against Kuwait. If they are included, they should be given the preference and be picked.
India Under-19s are expected to bag another comfortable win.
*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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