The Group A match of the ACC Under-19s Asia Cup 2019 will be played between Pakistan Under-19s and Kuwait 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).
Pakistan Under-19s having tough time in the Under-19s Asia Cup hosted by Sri Lanka as they lost both their matches thus far. In their first match against Afghanistan, Pakistan were bundled out for just 78 while chasing only 162 from 46 overs. In the game on Saturday, the India Under-19s smashed 305/9 in their 50 overs against the Pakistan team who in reply were bowled out for only 245.
Thus, Afghanistan and India made it to the semi-finals leaving out Pakistan from Group A. This sort of performances were not expected from Pakistan post heir 7-0 win during the 7-match Youth ODI series in South Africa earlier this year. They will now hoping to finish this tournament with a huge win against Kuwait team. This lower-ranked side in the Group A lost to both India and Afghanistan.
A slightly delayed start is possible in Moratuwa due to overnight rain. Once the game begins, we might see at least five hours of uninterrupted action before drizzle and showers towards the end of the day.
The Tyronne Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa was the venue which hosted the match between India and Pakistan. Another high-scoring match can be expected if Pakistan bats first this time. There will be a bit of movement early on and if Pakistan bowl first, they will roll over Kuwait inside 20 overs.
Average first innings score: 250 (Youth ODI matches since 2016)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Haider Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Rohail Nazir (WK & C), Fahad Munir, Mohammad Haris, Irfan Khan, Abbas Afridi, Akhtar Shah, Mohammad Aamir, Naseem Shah, Aamir Ali
Bench – Abdul Bangalzai, Basit Ali, Abu Huraira, Abdul Wahid, Qasim Akram.
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.
Despite the teams’ losing spree, the Pakistan bowlers have ensured they picked wickets at a consistent basis. Abbas Afridi bagged five wickets and is among top five wicket-takers in the tournament while Naseem Shah and Aamir Ali have four wickets apiece.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Fahad Munir, Abbas Afridi, Rohail Nazir, Abdul Sadiq.
Vice-Captain – Faez Qureshi, Haider Ali, Meet Bhavsar Mohammad Haris
If Pakistan bowls first, the captain or vice-captain must be from Pakistan’s bowlers and all-rounders.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Meet Bhavsar, Rohail Nazir (C)
Batters – Gokul Kumar, Govind Kumar, Haider Ali
All-Rounders – Fahad Munir, Mohammad Haris, Abdul Sadiq
Bowlers – Abbas Afridi, Naseem Shah, Faez Qureshi (VC)
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Meet Bhavsar, Rohail Nazir
Batters – Gokul Kumar, Haider Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr
All-Rounders – Abdul Sadiq (VC), Fahad Munir
Bowlers – Fazal Haq, Abbas Afridi (C), Naseem Shah, Aamir Ali [Pakistan]
Pakistan has got a brilliant pace attack that might not have troubled India Under-19s as it should have. However, the pacers will fancy their chances to share the wickets among themselves. This is why all the Pakistan pacers have to be fitted and if Pakistan bowl first, a couple of their batsman can be sacrificed.
Pakistan Under-19s are expected to sign off with a big victory.
*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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