(A confident Indian side will take on England who just about made it to the knockout phase. On slow tracks at Dubai, it’s game on between the Indians dominated by spinners and a talented England side.)
A thrilling match won by England. This is the second time England have gone through to the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant spinning his web around the batsmen, but kudos to Ben Duckett for shepherding the team through the middle overs. Yadav pulled India back in the game towards the end, but England held on their nerves and sealed a three-wicket win. Read the Match Report here. Meanwhile Pakistan have defeated Sri Lanka in the other quarterfinal and progressed to the last four.
It was a tight over from Hooda but Robert Jones swept the last ball for a boundary. Crucial four runs for the English side and the equation is now four runs from the last over.
Vijay Zol was reluctant to go to the pace option in the crucial moments. But Chama Milind delivers a tidy over with four dot balls. England need 15 runs from the last two overs.
Joe Clarke gets carried away and tries to hit Yadav against the spin. The ball balloons high in the air and Vijay Zol takes a brilliant catch running behind.
OUT! Clarke 42(45)
Big over there for England. 10 runs coming from that Hooda over. Joe Clarke has maintained his calm under pressure and placed the ball in the gaps perfectly. 27 runs required in 30 balls.
Skipper Vijay Zol is preserving the last over of Kuldeep Yadav. Chose to use Sarfaraz Khan in the 44th over. Jones and Clarke have done well to keep the required rate under check. 37 runs needed in 36 balls.
The spinners are giving no time to settle in for the batsmen. Under pressure, Aamir Gani bowls a maiden. Quality spin bowling from India. Even Sarfaraz Khan has been on target. The required rate is slowly inching closer to run a ball. England require 59 runs in 60 balls.
Kuldeep Yadav has been a mystery bowler for England. They were not able to read him for a while now and the runs had dried up. Skipper Will Rhodes was foxed by the turn until the fourth delivery of the 34th over turned inwards and bowled him.
OUT! Rhodes 10(18)
Big wicket for India. The well-set Ben Duckett is caught in the covers by Vijay Zol off Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling. DUckett was very innovative with his shots. He tried to work this away and got a leading edge which flew straight to the fielder.
OUT! Duckett 61(64)
Good bowling by Aamir Gani and he gets a wicket. Ed Barnard is a bit impatient and tries to slog one which was pitched outside the off-stump. Barnard had to fetch that and ended up giving a catch to Sanju Samson who took it running towards his right. Big breakthrough for India. The 76-run partnership is finally broken.
OUT! Barnard 24(45)
Duckett has started asking the questions to the spinners. He has used the reverse sweeps played the spinners well. Moreover the early use of batting powerplay has unsettled the plans of the bowling attack as well. Hundred comes up for England. England need another 120 runs in 28 overs. The partnership has gone beyond fifty runs.
Good over from Deepak Hooda, just two runs coming from it. The umpires have called for a drinks break. England need 154 from 33 overs.
England seem to have gone into a defensive mindset. Aamir Gani and Deepak Hooda have tied down the batsmen. This has been a pattern throughout the tournament for India. The spinners have applied the brakes and forced the opposition to commit some error. This time around the required rate is not that high. Hence England have this under control. Barnard gets a boundary on the last ball of Hooda’s over. Played it against the spin and punched.
Gone. Third one for India. Tattersall gives a simple return catch to Deepak Hooda bowling his first over.
OUT! Tattersall 23(34)
Wicket for Chama Milind in the ninth over. He bowled it short and wide, Higgins tries to dispatch it past covers but gives a straight catch to Sanju Samson. India are back in the game.
OUT! Higgins 1(7)
First wicket for India. Monu Kumar gets the ball to swing back in and Finch missed it and the umpire had no hesitation giving him out leg-before. Kumar has been slightly skiddy and deceptive. Ryan Higgins is the new batsman.
OUT! Finch 10(20)
Cautious start from the England openers. The pacers too have been on target which has made run-scoring difficult. Finch gets a boundary through midwicket in the fourth over.
Good start by Chama Milind, concedes just a single in his first over. Maintains a good line. Monu Kumar starts from the other end. After an impressive show against PNG, a lot is expected of him. Gets the ball to swing away from the Tattersall.
52 from 46 balls and such a valuable innings from Sarfaraz Khan. India have a healthy total on board to challenge England thanks to the late surge from Sarfaraz.
Once again, going for a tight single and Kuldeep Yadav is run-out. Winslade fields of his own bowling and throws it at the strikers end with a dive.
OUT! Kuldeep 16(18)
Kuldeep Yadav has played some good shots and assisted Sarfaraz in India’s quest for reaching 200 and adding more if possible. Fisher still has two overs left.
Aamir Gani tries to go inside out over covers off Higgins’ bowling but mistimes it to give a simple catch to the fielder inside the ring.
OUT! Gani 7(12)
The last things you would ask for is a run-out. Hooda and Sarfaraz were playing with maturity. Sarfaraz called for a non-existent single on the last ball of the powerplay. Hooda was well short.
OUT! Hooda 68(99)
Excellent innings from Hooda. His experience is paying well for the team. He was cautious at the start, then played a few strokes and now he’s accelerating. After completing a fifty, he pulls Winslade for a boundary. India will be hoping Sarfaraz clicks towards the end. Meanwhile Rob Sayer has completed his spell of 27 runs.
Nelson strikes. Soft dismissal for Zol as he tried to work Rob Sayer on the off-side and gave a simple catch to cover. India are nowhere close to comfort zone., but they would have taken this score after being down at 24 for four.
OUT! Zol 48(85)
Hooda is taking on the bowlers now. There’s a much more positive intent from the batsmen here. Hooda smashes a boundary off Rob Jones and Vijay Zol too adds another boundary. 12 runs from that over.
Dropped! ED Barnard dropped a sitter and Hooda gets a lucky reprieve. Hooda tried to pull the ball and the ball lobbed up in the air. It was an easy catch for mid-on but he floored it off Rob Jones’ bowling.
The runs have started to flow by. Hooda gets a few loose bowlers and the Indians are content picking up runs placing the ball in the gaps. The run-rate still under three an over.
The ploy to keep Sarafaraz back seems right. Hood and Zol have steadied things. With the off-spinner on, they are easing into some singles and twos.
Zol is somehow sitting upon his aggressive instinct. APart from the occasional flashy shots, he has steadied the innings along with Hooda. The conditions seem to have eased up now.
Skipper Will Rhodes brings in spinner Rob Sayer and then comes in to bowl himself in place of Fisher. FIsher has bowled six overs in the first spell and taken three for 18. Vijay Zol is on the defensive not trying too much. Got a full-toss first up from Rhodes but only played it defensively on the off-side.
Poor shot from Ricky Bhui. He saw his teammate Samson getting that delivery swinging away and edging at yet. It was a similar dismissal for Bhui as well. He could have easily left that ball. Deepak Hooda has been sent ahead of Sarfaraz Khan. The fourth ball by Fisher was gloved by Hood but the short ball was just high enough to brush past the keeper’s gloves. Fisher is swinging the ball exceptionally here.
OUT! Bhui 7(18)
Both the pacers have got their length perfectly and are moving the ball at will. After the initial carnage, Vijay Zol and Ricky Bhui are looking to steady things on a good batting wicket.
India are reeling here. Matthew Fisher has been in sensational form and he gets two in two. Herwadkar pokes at one going away from him and keeper Clarke takes a brilliant catch. India lose their key wicket Sanju Samson for a first ball duck, caught in the slips by Duckett.
OUT! Herwadkar 2(8), Samson 0(1)
Gone. Ankush Bains tries to cut a ball which was too close to his body. The extra bounce took the edge and a simple caught behind for the keeper. Jack Winslade gets the first breakthrough. The Indian skipper Vijay Zol is now in to bat.
OUT! Bains 3(8)
Yet again an aggressive start from Ankush Bains. Starts off with a flick past midwicket and picked up three runs. A ball later, a perfect straight drive eased it’s way to the right of mid-on fielder for a couple. The England skipper Rhodes has deliberately kept a short midwicket and just one slip, clearly indicates they want to target Herwadkar’s liking for leg-side shots.
India have won the toss and elected to bat. Play set to commence at 11:30 am IST, (10 am local time). Ricky Bhui is back in the team in place of Shreyas Iyer.
India Under-19: Vijay Zol (c), Akhil Herwadkar, Ankush Bains (wk), Sanju Samson, Ricky Bhui, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Chama Milind, Kuldeep Yadav, Aamir Gani, Monu Kumar.
England Under-19: Ed Bernard, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Harry Finch, Mathew Fisher, Ryan Higgins, Robert Jones, William Rhodes (c), Robert Sayer, Jonny Tattersall, Jack Winslade
The latest update from Dubai is that the match has been delayed due to dense fog. If play doesn’t commence at 10 am local time, the number of overs will be reduced. But conditions have cleared up now. The fog is not as thick as it was an hour ago. The toss will be taken shortly. Meanwhile the rest of three matches too have been delayed due to the fog.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the first of the ICC Under-19 World Cup quarterfinal between India and England at Dubai. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match. While Indians cruised through in their league phase, the England side just about managed it with a win against New Zealand in a virtual knockout game. India look like a well-oiled team with the spinners being the most impressive on the slow wickets. India’s spin department is well set with all-rounder Deepak Hooda rolling his arm over with his off-spinners. Kuldeep Yadav is the main weapon as his left-arm chinamen have troubled the batsmen.
This is a good match-up and after two encounters against the minnows, India face a tough opponent. England have come back the harder way and it is interesting to see who would hold their nerve in this crucial encounter. India may be favourites, but don’t count England out.