U19 World Cup: India defeat Pakistan by 1 wicket

Published: August 20, 2012
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With this win, India secure a place for itself in the semi-final. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

With this win, India secure a place for itself in the semi-final. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

After a thrilling performance from both sides, India defeated Pakistan by one wicket in the third quarter-final of the 2012 U19 World Cup in Townsville, Australia, earning a place for itself in the semi-final, Express News reported on Monday.

Team India chased down Pakistan’s paltry target of 137 runs in 48 overs, for the loss of nine wickets.

B Aparajith was the highest scorer with 51 runs in 97 balls, while VH Zol was the second highest scorer with 36 runs in 62 balls.

For Pakistan, pacer Zia-ul-Haq and Azizullah were the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets apiece, giving away 23 and 30 runs, respectively, in their 10 overs.

Earlier, winning the toss, Pakistan chose to bat first, scoring 136 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 45.1 overs.

Team captain, Babar Azam scored 50 runs, while Ehsan Adil was the second highest scorer for the team with 35 runs.

Sandeep Sharma and Ravikant Singh were the highest wicket takers for India, taking three wickets, each, for 24 and 43 runs respectively.

Before this match, India enjoyed an overall 9-7 record against Pakistan in under-19 cricket.

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.

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

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  • My Name is Khan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Both played well, i loved the match and the youngsters with such a good talent.

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  • Zaikam
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:15PM

    Our team is infested with inferiority complex and can’t handle pressure games. Recommend

  • Aug 20, 2012 - 12:23PM

    If its a pressure game, a game of nerves then i can bet my money on India in any format. our new crop of youngsters really know how to handle tough times and make a comeback.
    good job pakistan too. both teams did good and played equally well, india was able to conquer the battle of nervers

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  • jojo
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:25PM

    @Zaikam:

    I think of late Pakistanis go into a shell whenever they face India.

    Kids from both teams played well, congratulations to both for a wonderful match.

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  • nomi
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:25PM

    The rival team was given too many easy chances by Pakistan. The rival team did not exactly deserve to win.

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  • Manishj
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:25PM

    @Zaikam:
    Chill Buddy.. how can be a team that performed so well be suffering from inferiority complex.. its just that the team that plays better on a particular day wins.. Good show both the teams.. we need to keep these youngsters from going for each other’s throat and play a game as it is.. we have seen enough of the enemity already… Eid Mubarak.

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:29PM

    WoW. I just forgot that there was a match between india and pakistan….

    however, congrats indians for victory, and to pakistan for playing well.

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  • Oracle (India)
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Go India Go…Come back with the cup boyz…Like your senior did last years in India..:))

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  • Sapan Kapoor
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:47PM

    It was a close match. Both teams played well..
    Eid Mubarak :-)

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  • Parvez
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Both teams deserve praise for playing the game as it should be played. Congratulations to the Indian team on winning.

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  • Salman
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:04PM

    I really like Ehsanullah…he is tall and bowls really good line and length plus he can bat as well and that too aggressively … definitely a future prospect for Pakistan. India did well to win the match in the end since this time around Pakistan was far superior team then current Indian U19.

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  • Vikas
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Eid Gift to Pakistan from India U-19.

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  • rajeev (Indian)
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Both the teams played well. Future of cricket in both the countries is bright. Eid Mubarak.

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  • Tony Singh
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:27PM

    @nomi:
    Its just a game. Die is not necessarily loaded in your favour. Its life. Move on

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  • smit
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:31PM

    every one knew that india was going to winand they got wat they deserved.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Ind-Pak matches are becoming easily predictable nowadays about the outcome of the match :D

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:53PM

    EID hangover was the main cause… btw EID MUBARRAK & CHILL… :P

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  • Cybase
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Id congrats to Pak !Recommend

  • Aka
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Wel..ET we dint ask for history..

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  • Trojan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:17PM

    Too much stress on MashAllahs and InshAllahs instead of field practice has killed off Pakistani cricket.

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  • Raw is War
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:28PM

    congrats pakistan.

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  • lol @ sami khan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:34PM

    ahem ahem!!!
    where is that guy ‘sami khan’??

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  • Salman
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:55PM

    lol we were literally bored beating India for two straight decades (80s, 90s)…Recommend

  • freeman
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:59PM

    @nomi” the rival team did,nt deserve to win ”
    But they won. Should,nt it be accepted with good grace?

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  • Tony Singh
    Aug 20, 2012 - 3:11PM

    The scores?

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  • vickram
    Aug 20, 2012 - 3:53PM

    I think Pak team deserved to win than the Indian lads because they were the superior team with better talent.

    If you see the previous matches, you will notice that it is the Indian boys who choked at crucial junctures and not Pakistani boys. Indian players, just like their senior players of 90s, showed that they can’t handle pressure. (Indian team of 1990s always used to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. You will never know when a batting collapse will happen.)

    The reason Pak lost is because, they made a blunder by batting first. It is this blunder that cost them the match and probably, the cup !!

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  • Tony Singh
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:02PM

    @lol @ sami khan:
    He is crushed under his own comment.

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  • Truth
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Pakistan wants proof that it indeed lost to India in U-19 WC.

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  • pinto
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:53PM

    @Salman: winning with what fake umpiring

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  • asghar
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:09PM

    @vickram:

    oh i see. but the sad part is ‘ Joh Jeeta wohi Sikandar”
    In this case India held their nerves and won the match.

    The new found confidence among indians semms to be rubbing everywhere.

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  • Mujtaba
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:20PM

    @Vinshu…..u do realize that head to head Pak and India have played 7 U-19 world cup games of which Pakistan has won 5 times and India has won twice (including this game)….so yea

    And I dont know what the trolls are hating on the U-19 Pak team….I mean you shouldv seen the faces of your Indian spectators when the 8th wicket fell! It was NOT a convincing victory AT ALL by India….Good on you Pak U-19! you fought well!

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  • Cricket_fan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @Salman:
    Sour grapes!!!

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  • yellow
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:50PM

    none of the spinners bowled well at the end, their bowling was flat without any degree of turn

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  • somebody1
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Pakistan might have a better team, but when it comes to battle of nerves india is a far mighter team in that aspect, at the end of the day it is the strength of the mind which wins over the strength of the body.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Our national team has one Afridi and this team had five. Afridi Syndrome is cause of the defeat. We cannot blame these youngesters. They have grown up watching a player who played most irresponsible cricket throughout his career and still hero of most of the Pakistanis.

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  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Pakistan should quit playing cricket and save time and moneyRecommend

  • observer
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Pakistani bowlers did really well in reducing India from 5 wickets to 9 wickets, when the match looked almost sealed. Tough luck for the youngsters.

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  • Balram
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Now the blame game started,
    consparicies prevails, and the supportes of losing side defends their egos…
    Ill be not shocked if they come up with, ‘match was fixed, indians were paid more to play’ or much better, ‘Pakistani players showed compassion to poor indians and gave then a tiny EDI gift to show their generosity’, guys!!!!
    SPARE THE KIDS

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  • ek tha tiger
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @Mujtaba:

    And I dont know what the trolls are hating on the U-19 Pak team….I mean you shouldv seen the faces of your Indian spectators when the 8th wicket fell! It was NOT a convincing victory AT ALL by India….Good on you Pak U-19! you fought well!

    On the other hand it was such a convincing defeat for pakistan, and unlike faces of indian spectators, pakistani speactators couldnt hide their glee when the last runs were scored.

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  • Z
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:20PM

    @Zaikam: I can’t believe you would say that after the guys put up a great fight from a tough position. That shows character. Our U-19 team has always had character, it’s only later that these kids get spoiled. We need to take care of them and nurture them, not criticize just because they lost. Someone had to lose.

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  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:27PM

    I hope Indian nerves hold up against Aussies

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  • alas
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @jojo:
    it is not a shell that pakistanis go into….it is the corporate and financial clout of India….just imagine what would have happened to ticket sales and TV rights if India had lost…..!!!!
    I think you can understand it now….the last decade or so has been all but too cosy for advertisement munching Indians….. its not match fixing…but obliging the money spinning country under auspices of ICC…

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  • Faisal
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:44PM

    I think for the past few years Pakistan always goes into immense pressure whenever they play against India, no matter how well they play, which is why the end result always comes as a loss. There was a time when the win loss ratio against India was 2:1 but now it’s totally reversed.

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  • veeresh
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:44PM

    well played our baba (rajanikant) aparajit ………

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  • antanu g
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:23PM

    a thrlling match….thrilling finish…congrats men in blue for holding the nervesRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:41PM

    India deserved to win this this match shouldn’t be even be close…This Pakistan had two match winners Barbar and Ahsan and the rest of the team was ordinary even though Azizullah did make us proud.
    This team is full of nepotism and no real batsman and bowlers like we used to have. We used to have average batting but good fast bowlers but not this time. I was amazed that this team has come this far without much depth in batting and bowling.
    Good team work, very poor captaincy and poor coaching on Pakistan side.
    First barbar lets his quick get tired then he brings them too late to make a real difference. We didn’t even a single strike bowler who can win the match for us by cleaning up the tail …not very intelligent bowling at the end and spinners what can yo u say other then pathetic.
    Watch the last u19 t20 team and you will see the real talent …we had one batsman Hamad but great bowlers in Bhatti etc and Hasan Raza a brilliant captain…Barbar is a good kid but doesn’t inspire anyone …Good prospect for test team
    Pakistan should have a won this match but you cant win with machete against guns.Pakistan was firing on empty no real talent in bowling.

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  • Giri
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Why Sachin didn’t play? IF you count backward from 50, he is only 11 yrs.

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  • VP
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:47PM

    When the match is so close, winning by just one wicket surviving for 7 odd overs, you can’t say which team is superior and which is inferior. Although It is India which won in the last but the speed of Pakistani fast bowlers less than 19 years of age was heartening when compared with the speed of our fast bowlers of senior team, like Pathan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar. That is why people says that the bowling fast is depend upon will power of bowler.

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  • khalsa
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:55PM

    @nomi:
    these chances are what leads to loss. every LOSER does the same.

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  • Cynical
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Was it fixed?

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  • hmmm
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @Cynical:
    read @alas comment above…he has a very prudent logic…..

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  • Great Thinker
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Rehman Malik: This is a conspiracy against the U-19 team of Pakistan. India should furnish proof that Pakistan has lost the match.

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  • Cynical
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:06PM

    @hmmm

    @Cynical:
    read @alas comment above…he has a very prudent logic…..

    It’s not prudence, it’s a typical third world (specialy south asian) mindset which is ever ready to suck into a conspiracy theory. If his hint is logical then India wouldn’t have lost two back to back series against England and Australia 4-0 on both occassion.
    And I am not Indian and that doesn’t stop me from being rational.

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  • Polpot
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:32PM

    @Zaikam: Our team is infested with inferiority complex and can’t handle pressure games.””
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    the cricket team or the political team?

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  • Polpot
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:34PM

    @nomi: ” The rival team did not exactly deserve to win.””
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can u pls explain why? rather unsporting comments.

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  • Zalmai
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:28PM

    Pakistan lost because RAW, MOSSAD, NDS, CIA and Blackwater or is it Xe all collaborated and got under the skins of the Pak team.

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  • Prakash
    Aug 21, 2012 - 2:15AM

    It is just a game and one side has to win anyway, so much importance should not be given to the outcome,We should better appreciate both teams for their good performance.

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  • spyder
    Aug 21, 2012 - 7:37AM

    @lol @ sami khan:
    its sami aslam actually. please educate yourself

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  • Phajja
    Aug 21, 2012 - 9:37AM

    I am so glad to see back All Hindu Trolls once again. After a long time they have something good to celebrate otherwise it seemed that they were stuck mentally in 26/11 which they did themselves and tried their best to put it on HS. The attempt failed anyhow. I am glad they are at least happy once in their life time. Cheers my Dear Trolls. !!!

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  • Enlightened
    Aug 21, 2012 - 11:04AM

    Well fought green, blue is the winner. Take it easy guys, its just a cricket match.

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  • ashok sai
    Aug 21, 2012 - 12:24PM

    @antanu g:

    Appreciate your quality to praise the opponent country !!!

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  • lol @ sami khan
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @spyder:
    what? who is this “sami aslam” and who cares! stop acting like a master
    i was talking about this guy
    sami khan’s comment–

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  • sk
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:39PM

    @nomi:
    heard than one before, all too often from a losing Pakistan sideRecommend

  • sk
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:46PM

    @alas:
    so who’s obliging? The Pakistani team by losing deliberately, is that what you’re saying?Recommend

  • veeresh
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:23PM

    oue india is great

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  • Mohammed (India)
    Aug 22, 2012 - 10:52AM

    @Salman,, what you said is true, gets bored you know., since the start of the inagural world cup in 1975, that is 42 years, India always defeated Pakistan in the world cup each time they met and it is kind of getting bored seeing Pakistan getting defeeated again and again from the last 4 decades since the inagural world cup game was played.

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  • M A Khan - Mumbai
    Aug 22, 2012 - 10:56AM

    ”U19 Men in Blue gift for Indian Muslims on the auspicious occasion of Eid Ul Fitr. Thank you U19 Men in Blue for defeating and eliminating the U19 Pakistan Team from the U19 cricket world cup. We are proud of you. Jai Hind.”

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  • Rahul Bhardwaj
    Aug 22, 2012 - 4:23PM

    1st of all happy to see India win finally (Although not very convincingly).
    But I think Pakistan is really breeding a talented lot of young players. and I am really glad to see some good all-rounders in the team. Best of luck …

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  • deedahwar
    Oct 13, 2012 - 8:48PM

    both played nice Good job pakistan for giving the archies a tough fight and congrats india on your WC win both countries have bright future in cricket

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