Live Blog: India U19 vs Pakistan U19, World Cup Semi-final

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Last Updated: Tue, Feb 4th, 2020, 20:23:18hrs
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Live Blog: India U19 vs Pakistan U19, World Cup Semi-final

India U19 skipper Priyam Garg is mighty impressed with his team's clinical show:

"Reaching the final is the first step towards what we want to achieve. The variety that we have makes our bowling a good combination. They (Openers Jaiswal & Saxena) both come from the same state and complement each other well. They have a great bonding, understanding and that's the reason for their success. We have to stick to the same process and treat the final as just another game."

  • Pakistan U19 skipper Rohail Nazir rues not posting enough runs 

"The pitch was good, and we didn't put enough runs on the board. I think Haider (Ali) and I had a great partnership, we were at a good position at the 25-over mark, but Haider got out at a crucial point, and the rest of the batsmen weren't able to take enough responsibility. I also got out to a bad shot, but that was when only 10 overs were left. I think they (India) were brilliant in the field, and their batting was exceptional. They took good catches, and took wickets whenever we were looking at getting a partnership going on. We learn from all our mistakes, and the boys are confident and happy that we played some good cricket in the tournament. You have to learn to be calm in crunch situations. Inshallah, we'll do well in the third-place match."

  • Jaiswal gets the MOM award and makes an emotional speech:

"It's a dream come true for me, to be able to do this for my country is a great feeling. To score a hundred against Pakistan in a World cup semi-final is something I can't put into words. We were talking about how we needed to stick around. They bowled well initially and we wanted to see through that and we knew we could dominate them after that. It's a lot of hard work for all of us, the support staff, the management. They put in efforts, and I appreciate all Indian supporters and every Indian who prays for us."

  • India thump Pakistan by 10 wickets.  

Yashasvi Jaiswal does it in style, registers century with a six to join an elite list.

STAT: Interestingly, the last five centuries at the business-end of the U-19 World Cup tournament, the semis and finals have all been registered by Indian batsmen.

  • India need 15 more to win from 99 balls. A Pakistan U19 cricketer walks off the field after getting hit on the leg. Jaiswal is on 93*
  • Back-to-back sixes for Jaiswal, the youngster moves to 88. Reaching the three-figure mark look well within reach.

The southpaw takes his tournament tally to 296 runs.

  • After 29 overs, India 128/0; Jaiswal 74, Saxena 47*

Great understanding between both the left-handed India U19 openers. Saxena encourages his partner to go for his strokes from the non-strikers end.

While Saxena is still on 46, Jaiswal strikes another boundary to close in on the 70-run mark. His parents and coach are expecting a big one from the 18-year-old. Will he deliver?

  • After 26 overs, India need 62 runs from 144 balls. 

Saxena too is closing in on his fifty after a steady century-plus opening partnership with Jaiswal.

Still to bat: NT Tilak Varma, PK Garg (c), DC Jurel (wk), SA Veer, AV Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, SS Mishra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh

  • Jaiswal brings up his half-century with a boundary in the 22nd over. India well on course in the modest chase of 173.

After 20 overs, India 86/0

  • Jaiswal scorches a six - first of the Indian innings, taking the tournament's tally to 197 sixes. Both openers show good maturity against a disciplined Pakistan U-19 side, mixing caution with aggression.

India bring up 50 end of the 14th over. Jaiswal and Saxena going strong. 

  • Yashasvi Jaiswal's father hopes for a century from his son

"I told him to register a win over Pakistan and you have to make a century today. We all hope that he will make a century and beat Pakistan," Bhupendra told ANI. Yashasvi's father said he wants his son to feature in the Indian cricket team and make the country proud. "He has worked really hard and we want him to feature in the Indian cricket team and make the country proud," he said. Yashasvi has scored 207 runs in the premier tournament so far. Being the U19 World Cup semi-final match, there will be a lot of pressure on the players. However, Yashasvi's mother, Kanchan, does not want him to take the pressure and play his natural game. "I asked him not to take the pressure and play like you always do," she said.

  • After 10 overs India 33/0

Jaiswal and Saxena take the opening partnership with the latter striking some top shots. For Pakistan Mohammed Amir Khan has been rather impressive against Saxena but hasn't been lucky enough. Pakistan's fielding too has been on the mark, so far.

  • After 5 overs India 20/0

Openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena are off to a steady start to the chase, with an open yet cautious attitude towards the total. The batsmen have looked to score runs at regular intervals, without taking too many risks against the Pakistan pacers.

Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena are set to begin the chase, as they look to wrap up the target without much ado. 

  • Pakistan bundled out for 172 in 43.1 overs

India have bowled out Pakistan for 172, as Sushant Mishra picks two wickets off as many deliveries, leaving the Men in Blue with a target of 173 runs to score. 

  • WICKET! India close to bowling out their arch-rivals, Pakistan 169/8 (41.4), Rohail Nazir 62 (102)

Sushant Mishra accounts for the key dismissal of Rohail Nazir, who has been in excellent form. Mishra bowled a superb short delivery, which Nazir attempted to pull effectively but failed resulting in a catch to Garg at square leg. 

  • WICKET! Karthik Tyagi puts India on top after lovely yorker, Pakistan 156/6 (37.2 overs) Irfan Khan b Kartik Tyagi 3(9)

India are close to bowling out Pakistan for a cheap score, following an excellent yorker from Tyagi which hit the blockhole in the perfect manner. Tyagi bowled an excellent yorker at the base of off stump, beating Khan for pace. 

Skipper Rohail Nazir brings up 150 for Pakistan with his half-century. Pakistan 156/5 (37 overs)

  • After 35 overs Pakistan 146/5

Pakistan are struggling with half their side back in the pavilion by the end of the 35th over. Skipper Rohail Nazir nears his half-century. The last man to depart was Mohammad Haris as Divyaansh Saxena takes a stunner at deep squareleg, diving low to his right after making quite a bit of ground. Wicket to Atharva Ankolekar.

  • WICKET! India on top after another dismissal, Pakistan 118/4 (30.3 overs) Qasim Akram run out (Ankolekar/Dhruv Jurel) 9(16)

India continue to pick wickets at regular intervals, with some assistance from the Pakistan batsmen who have indulged in comical running between the wickets. Akram hit the ball in front of cover, and attempts a quick run calling out to Nazir who is not interested. Ankolekar completed an excellent throw at the striker's end, with wicketkeeper Dhruv Jorel completing an easy run-out.  

  • WICKET! India strike yet again, Pakistan 96/3 (25.3 overs) Haider Ali c Bishnoi b Jaiswal 56(77)

Part-timer Jaiswal has stuck with the crucial wicket of Haider Ali, the opener who seemed set on the pitch. Ali cut the delivery straight to Bishnoi at backward point, with India back in the game following a strong partnership.

  • After 20 overs Pakistan 77/2 (20 Overs)

Haider Ali and Rohail Nazir have steadied Pakistan innings, forging a crucial stand. Ali is closing in on his half-century while the Pak skipper is happy playing second fiddle.

  • After 15 overs Pakistan 55/2 (15 Overs)
  • After 10 overs Pakistan 36/2 

Pakistan continue to struggle after a poor start to their innings, having lost Fahad Munir for nought despite battling it out for 15 deliveries. Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi has been simply excellent so far, making his presence felt with shrewd variations in pace, line, length and excellent control. Sushant Mishra has ensured constant pressure from the other end, strangling the batsmen for space with his sublime gameplay. Captain Rohail Nazir will be eager to rescue his side with a quality knock, which might prove extremely difficult considering the intensity on show from the Indian bowlers.

  • WICKET! India strike again, Pakistan 34/2 (8.5 overs)

Fahad Munir c Ankolekar b Ravi Bishnoi 0(16)

Ravi Bishnoi finally ends Fahad Munir's poor innings, having failed to get off the mark in 15 deliveries. Bishnoi delivered a good length delivery which spun away from the left-hander, who was in no position to negotiate the delivery. Munir failed to pick the variation from the spinner, attempting to hit the ball down the leg-side. This resulted in an easy leading edge straight to Ankolekar at backward point, much to the joy of the Indian players. 

  • After 5 overs Pakistan 26/1 

Pakistan are off to a slow start.  Opener Mohammad Huraira who has been a consistent performer for the outfit, failed to make his presence felt after being dismissed for just four runs. Karthik Tyagi and Mishra, the two Indian pacers have ensured intensity and discipline with their bowling performances although they have been guilty of bowling a few wide deliveries on several occasions. The onus lies on Haider Ali and Fahad Munir, to help guide the side to a competitive total. 

  • WICKET! India strike early, Pakistan 9/1 (2 overs)

Mohammad Huraira c Saxena b Sushant Mishra 4(6)

Pakistan opener  Mohammad Huraira departs for just four runs off six deliveries, after an excellent short delivery by Sushant Mishra. The pacer deceived Huraira with an angling delivery bowled at a quick pace, forcing the opener to pull the ball resulting in an easy catch to Saxena at square leg. 

  • TOSS: Pakistan have won the toss and opt to bat first.

Pakistan captain Rohail Nazir won the toss and opted to bat in an all-important semi-final against arch-rivals India. 

Here is what he had to say: 'This is the semi-final and we have to make a mark. It's a game against India and we both really are looking forward to it. Hopefully we will have a good match and we are playing the same team.'

Priyam Garg: 'I'm actually looking forward to bowl first. There is lot of hype among the fans. No changes for us, we are playing the same team that played against Australia.'

  • Pakistan U19 team's road to semis:

Beat Scotland U19 at Bloemfontein,  Potchefstroom, Jan 19 2020 by 7 wickets
Beat Zimbabwe U19 at  Potchefstroom, Jan 22 2020 by 38 runs
No Result against Bangladesh U19 at  Potchefstroom, Jan 24 2020                                                                                              Beat Afghanistan U19 at Benoni, Super League Quarterfinal 4, Jan 31 2020 by 6 wickets

  • India U19 team's road to semis:

Beat Sri Lanka U19 at Bloemfontein, Jan 19 2020 by 90 runs

Beat Japan U19 at Bloemfontein, Jan 21 2020 by 10 wickets (with 271 balls remaining)

Beat New Zealand U19 at Bloemfontein, Jan 24 2020 by 44 runs (D/L method)

Beat Australia U19 at Potchefstroom, Super League Quarterfinal 1, Jan 28 2020 by 74 runs


  • Defending champions India, who won all their league games before defeating Australia in the Super League Quarterfinal 1 will take Pakistan in a short while from now. The arch-rivals have played each other nine times in the U-19 World Cup, with Pakistan winning on five occasions and India four times.


  • Hello! Good Afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the semi-final clash between India U19 and Pakistan U19 at Potchefstroom.
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