U19 World Cup: India, Pakistan set for thrilling contest

Published: August 18, 2012

Babar will be looking to continue his good form against India in the quarter-final Monday. PHOTO: ICC/GETTY

India enjoys an overall 9-7 record against Pakistan in under-19 cricket but statistics will not stand for a lot when the two former champions take on each other tomorrow (Monday) with a semi-final place a reward for the winner.

Pakistan beat India in the semi-final of the 2004 event in Bangladesh, and in the 2006 final in Sri Lanka before overpowering them again in the quarter-final in New Zealand in 2010. In the inaugural event in 1988, Pakistan defeated India by 68 runs while India’s only victory in the U19 World Cup came in the 1998 event in Durban where it beat Pakistan by five wickets.

In the ongoing event, Pakistan remained unbeaten in Group B, while in Group C India suffered a shock defeat against the West Indies before it bounced back to win convincingly against Zimbabwe and PNG.

“We played India in the Asia Cup in Malaysia before this tournament and we won by one run, while the other game (the final) ended in a tie,” said Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who is the second leading run-getter with 182 runs. “There is always a tight contest between us and we are expecting nothing different this time. Our players are aware of how exciting this is for the supporters of both the teams. They know that there will be millions of fans glued to their screens seeing the action when we meet. The last time we met the games were exciting so we hope that continues.”

India captain Unmukt Chand, who has scored 104 runs so far, termed Pakistan a ‘challenge’ but said his players were working hard to progress.

“We played Pakistan twice in Malaysia in June and learnt a lot from those matches,” said Chand. “So, we are confident that we can perform very well not only in the quarter-final but also in the rest of the matches.”

Meanwhile, defending champion Australia will take on Bangladesh in the first quarter-final today.

Australia won the event in 1988, 2002 and 2010 while Bangladesh’s best performance has been in 2006 and 2008 when it reached the Super League quarter-finals. The winner of the Australia-Bangladesh match will lock horns with the winner of England-South Africa match in the first semi-final to be played on Tuesday.

(With additional input from the ICC)

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • say whaa
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Tomorrow (Monday)?! Hang in there ET, just one more Roza

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  • adam khan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:52AM

    pakistan will crush india thats if india dont fix the match with pakistan like they did recently in world cup we all no it was fixed

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  • PL
    Aug 19, 2012 - 6:41AM

    ahh is it on tv?

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  • JSM
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:40AM

    I still do not understand why we want to deal with Pakistanis- now we have the sms issue disturbing our socital set up.

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  • Kathy
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:39PM

    @JSM:
    Why your social set up is so fragile, which can disturbed by SMSes, whose fault is it, of course ” touch me not India”Recommend

  • Aug 19, 2012 - 1:54PM

    @JSM:
    Yes this will be shown LIVE by PTV Sports on Monday at 4-30 AM sharp.
    Batting first will be advantageous as it is rainy season in Sri Lanka and none of the team would like to loose by D/L method.

    It is more battle of wits rather than a Cricket match. So the team which plays patiently will win.

    There will be break for viewers for Namaz e Eid. Hope we will not miss much.
    We hope to see a thrilling encounter.

    Regards
    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

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  • Kathy
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:44PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: The U 19 tournament is in Australia not Srilanka

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  • vortex
    Aug 19, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Thanx Dr. Saleem Sidiqqui for the info.

    Eid Mubarak u ET readers and Good Luck Team Pakistan !!!

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  • rikky(India)
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:07PM

    India wins………

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  • Tony Singh
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:30PM

    @adam khan:
    India wins! Wouldn’t it have been better if you were not so harsh in your comment?

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  • adam khan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:50PM

    india fixed the match

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