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India vs Pakistan ICC Under-19 World Cup: India eye big win as Pakistan continue to slip

Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals © AFP (File photo)
Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals © AFP (File photo)

 

Feb 15, 2014

 

Sarfaraz Khan‘s all-round show put India on track for a big win against Pakistan in their  ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 match at Dubai on Saturday.

 

Pakistan reached 180 for seven after 43 overs, and need another 83 runs to win from 42 balls.

 

Zafar Gohar was caught by Sarfaraz off Deepak Hooda for 11, as earlier in the 41st over, he took a simple catch to get rid of Saud Shakeel off the same bowler.
Earlier in the 33rd over Sarfaraz Khan cleaned up Hassan Raza on the third ball of the over and on the fifth, Kamran Ghulam was run out for a duck as Pakistan lost their fifth wicket.

 

Sami Aslam was run out for 64 in the 26th over as India fought back with quick wickets. Hassan Raza hit towards the off side on the third ball of the 26th over, and Aslam went for a run despite the striker not calling for it. The Indian captain was quick to collect the ball and send it to the non-strikers end.

 

This was after Spinner Aamir Gani provided India Under-19 a much-needed breakthrough when he dismissed Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq for 39.  Pakistan reached 115 for one halfway through, and need another 148 runs to win the clash.

 

Imam faced 62 balls and cracked two boundaries as he stitched a solid 109-run partnership with Sami Aslam in a bid to provide their side a strong start in a huge chase.

 

The Indian bowlers providing a strong start, not allowing the opposition batsmen to get away early on.

 

Earlier, Sanju Samson and Sarfaraz Khan added 119 runs for the fifth wicket to help India set a 263–run target against Pakistan in the seventh match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 at Dubai on Saturday. Electing to bat, India scored 262 for seven from their allotted 50 overs.

 

Samson scored 68 off 101 balls and Sarfaraz hit a quickfire 74 to help India revive from a precarious position of 94 for four from 20 overs.

 

Sarfaraz played strokes around the ground as he was the more aggressive one in the 119-run stand between him and Samson, which set the platform for a competitive total.

 

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