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."
"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."
"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."
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.
HUNDRED: What a fine knock this is from Yashasvi Jaiswal!👌👌— BCCI (@BCCI) February 4, 2020
The left-hander scores a match-winning ton in the #U19CWC semi-final against Pakistan. 👏👏
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The southpaw takes his tournament tally to 296 runs.
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?
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
Another great Indian cricket story unfolding: the boy who stayed in a tent, sold Paani puri at the maidan in the evening, Yashwasvi Jaiswal is a champ in the making.: Our boys in blue just too good for their Pakistani counterparts!!😊👍 #Under19WorldCup— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 4, 2020
After 20 overs, India 86/0
India bring up 50 end of the 14th over. Jaiswal and Saxena going strong.
"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.
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.
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.
Yashasvi Jaiswal comes out to open the batting for India.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 4, 2020
Earlier in the day, @navkrish55 caught up with his long-time coach Jwala Singh who says despite Jaiswal being India's leading runscorer so far this tournament, is still waiting for "a big one" from his player.#U19CWC pic.twitter.com/28bkKojShL
Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena are set to begin the chase, as they look to wrap up the target without much ado.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
#ICCUnder19WorldCup 2020 1st Semi Final - #PakistanU19 vs India U19 in progress. #Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat. All the best boys! #championsoftheworld #iccu19worldcup https://t.co/sCqFq2lxxB— PeacefulPakistan (@Peaceful_Pak) February 4, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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