India beat arch-nemesis Pakistan to be crowned Asian champions in the U-19 tournament in Abu Dhabi. Indian skipper Vijay Zol and IPL star Sanju Samson laid the foundation with centuries. Pakistan, chasing a stiff total, failed to keep up with the asking rate and finished 40 runs short.
#Its all over! India are the Asian U-19 champions! Vijay Zol's India have beaten Pakistan by 40 runs to clinch the 2014 U-19 Asia Cup.
# The equation is down to 68 runs to win from 30 balls for Pakistan. However, they've lost another wicket. Kamran Ghulam is still going strong. Pakistan 248 for seven in 45 overs, chasing 315.
# Kamran Ghulam got to his fifty and continued to keep Pakistan afloat. But, the asking rate has climbed. Pakistan 214 for six in 40 overs, chasing 315.
# BIG WICKET - Sami Aslam's fight has come to an end. Aamir Gani takes a good, sharp return catch off his own bowling to get rid of Aslam for a well-made 87. Pakistan 183 for five in 35 overs, chasing 315.
# Sami Aslam inches towards a ton as he and Kamran Ghulam look to keep Pakistan alive with an unbeaten 72-run stand for the fifth wicket. Pakistan 159 for four in 30 overs, chasing 315.
# WICKET - Kuldeep Yadav picks up his second wicket of the game by trapping Saifullah Khan.Pakistan 129 for four in 25 overs, chasing 315.
# TWO WICKETS - Imam-ul-Haq and Hasan Razai are gone! Kuldeep Yadav tosses one up, inviting Imam to go over the top. Imam goes for it but fails to clear Sarfaraz Khan at long-on. An over later, Aamir Gani is brought into the attack and he struck straightaway to get Hasan Raza stumped off his bowling. Pakistan 85 for three in 19 overs, chasing 315.
# Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq rebuild slowly after the fall of the first wicket. Pakistan 62 for one in 15 overs, chasing 315.
# WICKET - India have their first breakthrough as Mohammad Umair is caught and bowled by Chama Milind. Pakistan 48 for one in ten overs, chasing 315.
# Indian bowlers Chama Milind and Avesh Khan have been bowling in tight lines for the first five overs. Pakistan 21 without loss in five overs, chasing 315.
# The Pakistani batsmen are out for the chase. If they manage to surpass India's 314, it will be the highest run-chase in Under-19 ODI history.
# The stars of the innings were India skipper Vijay Zol and Rajasthan Royals' IPL star Sanju Samson. Both struck centuries and were involved in a 180-run stand for the third wicket.
# Despite a late flurry of wickets India have posted a comprehensive 314 for eight in their fifty overs. Zia-ul-Haq and Zafar Gohar picked up two wickets each for Pakistan.
# STAT - This is only the third time for India that two batsmen have scored centuries in the same innings of an Under-19 match.
# WICKETS - Zafar Gohar gets rid off Sanju Samson (100) and Sarfaraz Khan is run out the very next ball. India 291 for five in 45 overs.
# Century for Sanju Samson! The Kerala batsman gets to his ton in just 86 deliveries. India 286/3 in 44 overs vs Pakistan.
# WICKET - Vijay Zol (100) has finally been dismissed, he mistimes a shot to mid-on where Zafar takes a simple catch. India 277/3 in 42 overs.
# Century for Vijay Zol! The Indian skipper reaches his ton in 118 balls, an excellent knock by him. India 264/2 in 41 overs.
# Vijay Zol enters the nineties with a boundary, his sixth of the innings. India 237 for two in 37 overs.
# Signs are looking ominous for Pakistan. Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson are starting to find the boundaries with ease as India have amassed 200 runs for the loss of just two wickets in 33 overs.
# Fifties for Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson! The duo have dominated this innings as India are cruising along at 180/2 in 29 overs.
# Vijay Zol (40*) and Sanju Samson (39*) are setting up an excellent platform for India to post a daunting total. India cruising on 152 for two in 25 overs.
# Vijay Zol (33*) and Sanju Samson (25*) are steadying the ship for India after the openers were dismissed, 130 for two in 20 overs.
# WICKET - No fifty for Ankush Bains (47) who is stumped by Saifullah Khan off Karamat Ali. The Indian colts' most experienced players Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson are at the crease. India 88 for two in 14 overs.
# Ankush Bains (47*) is nearing his half-century with skipper Vijay Zol at the other end. India 81 for one in 11 overs.
# WICKET - finally a breakthrough for Pakistan. Akhil Herwadkar (12) pulls Zia-ul-Haq to Mohammad Umair at mid-wicket. India 66 for one in seven overs.
# Indian openers Akhil Herwadkar and Ankush Bains have got off to an excellent start. Bains has been the aggressor, scoring 28 in just 18 deliveries while Herwadkar looks steady on 7. India 46 for 0 in five overs vs Pakistan.
Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to field vs India
Arch cricket rivals India and Pakistan will square off yet again, this time in the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium today. The Indian team will be banking on captain Vijay Zol (in pic) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav to pull off an historic win.
Pakistan entered the final with a two-wicket victory over Afghanistan. After electing to bat Afghanistan were bundled out for 196 with leg-spinner Karamat Ali claiming a hat-trick to finish with five for 33. Sami Aslam marshaled the chase for Pakistan with a composed 75 and despite a late slide Pakistan reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
India earned their place in the final with an equally tense three-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Batting first, the Lankans were restricted by left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's three for 49 and posted 223. In the chase India were 159 for six at one stage but wicketkeeper Ankush Bains (54) ensured that the Boys in Blue reached the target with five balls to spare.
The two sides faced each other earlier in this edition, with Pakistan scrapping to a two-wicket win. Middle-order batsman Ricky Bhui's 64 off 66 balls help India post a stiff 251-run target. However Pakistan's Sami Aslam scored a magnificent century as Pakistan colts held their nerves to pull off a narrow win.
Any encounter between India and Pakistan has a lot riding on it. The senior sides last met in the 2013 Champions Trophy when the Indians eased to an eight-wicket win in a rain-affected game. However, prior to that, Pakistan toured India for a two T20 and 3 ODI series. The T20s were drawn 1-1 but Pakistan claimed the 50-over series 2-1.
India Under-19: Vijay Zol, Rishi Arothe, Avesh Khan, Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Pritam Chakraborty, Aamir Gani, Akhil Herwadkar, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Karan Kaila, Sarfaraz Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Chama Milind, Monu Kumar, Sanju Samson
Pakistan Under-19: Hussain Talat, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Irfanullah Shah, Kamran Ghulam, Karamat Ali, Mohammad Aftab, Mohammad Umair, Rafay Ahmed, Saifullah Khan, Sami Aslam, Saud Shakeel, Shayan Jahangir, Zafar Gohar, Zia-ul-Haq
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