The 18th match of the 2020 ICC Under-19s World Cup, Group C will be played between Pakistan Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
Both Pakistan Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s sealed their berth in Quarter-finals from Group C. They won their first two matches against the weaker sides Zimbabwe and Scotland. Now the challenge for both the teams will be facing a strong Indian team in the quarter-finals which can be avoided by winning this match. Bangladesh were quite dominant in the two matches where not more than five players got a chance to bat. On the other hand, Pakistan survived a scare against Zimbabwe before winning it by 38 runs. Zimbabwe had things under their control till 35th over in both innings before leaving the hold.
Senwes Park is expected to witness scattered thunderstorms on Friday during the game between Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Senwes Park is high-scoring if we go by the matches it has hosted thus far. The three Youth ODIs here in 2017 between South Africa and England produced 240+ totals by the team batting first out of which two were chased down successfully. Earlier this week, South Africa posted a huge total of 349 and Canada did well in reply scoring 199. The rain-affected game between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in this tournament also witnessed high run-rates.
Average first innings score: 286 (Unaffected Youth ODIs)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Haider Ali, Mohammad Shehzad, Rohail Nazir (C), Qasim Akram, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Mohammad Haris, Fahad Munir, Abbas Afridi, Amir Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Tahir Hussain.
Bench – Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Amir Khan, Mohammad Huraira, Arish Ali Khan.
Towhid Hridoy, Shoriful Islam, Tanzid Hasan, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Rakibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Akbar Ali (C & wk), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Parvez Hossain Emon, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Bench – Avishek Das, Prantik Nawrose Nabil, Shahin Alam, Hasan Murad.
Towhid Hridoy is a veteran when it comes to Youth ODIs as he aggregated over 1500 runs in this format. Hridoy scored a hat-trick of hundreds against Sri Lanka U19s. Tanzim Hasan Sakib can be X-factor in the fantasy team as not many fantasy players have picked him in their line-ups. The pacer was amongst wickets in the tournaments played before the U19 CWC and picked three wickets so far in this competition. Tahir Hussain has exhibited his skill with the ball in various situations as he picked up 3-fers in both matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Haider Ali, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Parvez Hossain Emon
Vice-Captain – Towhid Hridoy, Fahad Munir, Tahir Hussain
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammad Haris, Parvez Hossain Emon (C)
Batters – Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mohammad Irfan Khan
All-Rounders – Tahir Hussain (VC), Qasim Akram
Bowlers – Rakibul Hasan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abbas Afridi, Shoriful Islam
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammad Haris, Parvez Hossain Emon
Batters – Towhid Hridoy (VC), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Haider Ali (C)
All-Rounders – Shamim Hossain, Fahad Munir, Tahir Hussain
Bowlers – Abbas Afridi, Amir Ali, Tanzid Hasan
Both Bangladesh and Pakistan have confirmed their places in the quarter-finals. Hence, this match could be an ideal one for both the teams to test themselves for bigger challenges. We might see some interesting decisions taken by both teams for this match but that should not come as a surprise given the worth of the match.
Bangladesh Under-19s are expected to win this match and finish as the toppers of Group C.
*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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