India have been unbeaten thus far     Getty Images
India have been unbeaten thus far Getty Images

India go up against familiar foes, Bangladesh in the fourth quarter-final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. Both sides have had almost mirror like tournament, thus far. While India have remained unbeaten, Bangladesh have lost one game coming into the tie.

Prithvi Shaw has led the Indian side well. His on-field acumen and liveliness has been appreciated by one-and-all. Prithvi has amassed 151 runs from 3 matches. He has been ably supported by Shubman Gill and Manjot Kalra.

Gill has continued his form from Ranji Trophy, while Kalra is exploding on to the international scene. It will be important how India s much-talked about top-order take on Bangladesh s bowling attack. The likes of Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud and Qazi Onik have managed to skittle out sides with their art. Hossain in particular will be expected to spin a web around India’s untested middle-order.

Indian pace bowlers have been a sight to see in the ongoing tournament, in particular Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Both have been displaying raw pace, apart from being quite accurate. Left-arm spinner, Anukul Roy has been deceiving opponents with his guile and spin. His spell against Papua New Guinea was one of best in the tournament.

They will be faced by a potent batting unit in Bangladesh. The trio of Towhid Hridoy, Hossain, Saif Hassan and Mohammad Naim will be expected to play spin better as compared to India’s earlier opponents. This contest between bat and bowl will surely be a highlight of the tournament thus far. Saif has been in red-hot form for Bangladesh thus far, his presence in the middle will be crucial for them as a batsman and captain.

This match will also test Shaw and Saif’s ability to muster their team under pressure situation. Shaw has already asked his boys to play in unison and make this opportunity count.

The track at Queenstown Events Centre is expected to turn from ball one as seen in match between Australia and England. Lloyd Pope spun English batsmen to their knee s picking an eight wicket haul.

The conditions at Queenstown are expected to be overcast and cloudy, making it even more tricky for Rahul Dravid and co. to select India’s playing XI.

Likely XIs:

India are likely to bring back Harvik Desai into the side, after giving him rest against Zimbabwe.

India U19: Prithvi Shaw(c), Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Harvik Desai(wk), Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Riyan Parag, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh, Arshdeep Singh

Bangladesh would not want to tinker much with a winning combination.

Bangladesh U19: Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan(c), Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mahidul Islam Ankon(wk), Qazi Onik, Nayeem Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Tipu Sultan.