Sami Aslam will be key to Pakistan's chase of 315 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Sami Aslam scored 87 runs © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jan 4, 2014


India win by 40 runs. Kamran Ghulam managed to complete his century inthe last over, but it was not sufficient to save Pakistan. India have successfully defended their title. Pakistan had defeated India in the league phase by two wickets. But on the big occasion, centuries by skipper Vijay Zol and Sanju Samson helped India post a huge total and put pressure on Pakistan. The bowlers were on target and once they broke the partnership between Sami Aslam and Ghulam, the opportunity to grab the title was wide open for India. Read the match report here.




Pak U-19  253/8 | Overs 46 | Ghulam 88, Zia-ul-Haq 3*  OUT! Karamat Ali  2(3)


After the dismissal of Zafar Gohar in the previous over, Karamat Ali too departs for just two runs dismissed by Deepak Hooda.




Pak U-19  237/6 | Overs 43 | Ghulam 85*, Gohar 11*


This would perhaps be the last throw of dice for Pakistan with Ghulam and Gohar chasing at over 10 an over. If they fall behind on the run-rate from here on it would certainly be curtains for Pakistan in this match. Ghulam is batting on 85 from 73 balls.




Pak U-19  211/6 | Overs 39 | Ghulam 70*, Gohar 0*     OUT! Saud Shakeel 8(13)


Aslam’s departure has further pushed Kamran Ghulam to take charge of the chase. The youngster is making good use of improvised shots against Kuldeep Yadav and picking some valuable boundaries. He opted for a switch-hit over mid-wicket and then swept the third ball for a boundary. However, Ghulam’s batting turned out to pump up his new partner Shakeel. He tried to go for a lofted stroke but instead spooned a catch to Akhil Herwadkar.


Pakistan need 104 runs from 11 overs.




Pak U-19  183/5 | Overs 35 | Ghulam 49*, Saud Shakeel 1*   OUT! Aslam 87(96)


Pakistan have lost their most important wicket. Skipper Sami Aslam is caught by Aamir Gani off his bowling. A huge sigh of relief for the Indians as the skipper looked good to launch an onslaught in the second half of the chase.




Pak U-19  163/4 | Overs 31 | Aslam 82*, Ghulam 36*


Aslam and Ghulam are showing some sense of urgency in the challenging chase. They have scored a few boundaries in the last three overs. Aslam is looking in good to score yet another ton in this tournament. The required run-rate is exactly eight now.


Pakistan need 152 runs in 19 overs.




Pak U-19  133/4 | Overs 27 | Aslam 70*, Ghulam 18*


Aslam and Ghulam are scripting a revival here. The skipper is taking the charge scoring bulk of the runs. While the singles are coming, the boundaries seems to have dried up again.


Pakistan need 182 runs from 24 overs




Pak U-19  115/4 | Overs 23 | Aslam 65*, Ghulam 5*


India have landed crucial blows here. Three wickets in as many overs left Pakistan at 89 for four. However, skipper Sami Aslam is still going strong with  half century and has started to score at a quick pace. He has hit four boundaries in the last three overs.


Wicketkeeper-batsman Saifullah Khan was the last man dismissed leg-before off Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling for just three runs.




Pak U-19  85/3 | Overs 19 | Aslam 44*,  Saifullah 1*   OUT! Imam-ul-Haq 18(37)  Raza 1(2)


Two quick wickets for India. Yadav dismisses Imam for 18 and Aamir Gani gets Hasan Raza stumped for one. Pakistan haven’t maintained their required run-rate and these quick wickets might just add more pressure.




Pak U-19  72/1 | Overs 16 | Aslam 36*,  Imam-ul-Haq 15*


First boundary for Pakistan in seven overs. Aslam gets a loosener on the leg-stump from Kuldeep and he sweeps it for a boundary.




Pak U-19  55/1 | Overs 12 | Aslam 26*,  Imam-ul-Haq 9*


Pakistan have done well not to lose too many wickets at the start. But their required run-rate is slowly increasing as well. They are still going at close to 4.5 an over. Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav i in to the attack since the 11th over.




Pak U-19  39/1 | Overs 8 | Aslam 19*,  Imam-ul-Haq 0*  OUT! Umair 17(19) 


Mohammad Umair had slowly begun to free his arms hitting three boundaries in the sixth over. But the cameo came to an end when he misitimed a pull shot which was caught by the bowler Milind himself. The eighth over Avesh Khan is a maiden.




Pak U-19  21/0 | Overs 5 | Umair 5*, Aslam 14*


Aslam is looking in good touch. He hit two consecutive boundaries off Chama Milind in the third over of the innings. But overall it’s a sedate start for Pakistan. They seem to be focusing on seeing off the early overs and save the wickets. Mohammad Umair is looking tentative scoring just one run in the last three overs.




Pak U-19  7/0 | Overs 2 | Umair 4*, Aslam 2*


Indian pacers begin on a disciplined note. Mohammad Umair got the first boundary of the innings with an uppish shot over cover and point. Chama Milind and Avesh Khan are bowling from either ends.




Ind U-19  314/8 | Overs 50 | Kuldeep 2*, Avesh 1*


India lost the plot after Vijay Zol’s wicket but 314 is still a challenging total for Pakistan. It will depend on how their in-form skipper Sami Aslam takes on the bowlers.  Read the innings report here







Ind U-19  289/5 | Overs 45 | Bhui 3*, Hooda 2*   OUT! Samson 100(87b) & Sarfaraz 5(8)


Another ton in the match. But this one has been filled with sparkling strokes. Sanju Samson completes his ton in just 86 balls. Eight boundaries and four sixes in his innings and he has been dismissed by Zafar Gohar. Even Zol was out for 100.  Samson’s dismissal is followed by yet another wicket of Sarfaraz run-out for just five runs. Seems like India are losing the momentum. From 265 for two they are down to 289 for five.




Ind U-19  264/2 | Overs 41 | Zol 100*, Samson 83*


There it is. A captain’s innings from Vijay Zol. Completes his century in  118 balls. This partnership has dictated the proceedings and India look good for a huge total. Zol was hanging around in the 90s for a while, finally manages to get a single by playing the ball towards mid-wicket.




Ind U-19  255/2 | Overs 39 | Zol 97*, Samson 78*


India are past 250 in the 39th over. Zol is looking good for a century, just three away from a brilliant innings in the final.




Ind U-19  228/2 | Overs 36 | Zol 86*, Samson 69*


One of the highlight of this Indian innings is that they have not let go off the momentum. After three quiet overs, Samson and Zol have gone after the leg-spinner Karamat Ali hitting a six and two fours. Both the batsmen are growing in confidence and look set for a ton here.




Ind U-19  200/2 | Overs 33 | Zol 69*, Samson 58*


200 up for India. What a partnership this has been. Just when it looked the bowlers had cooled down the proceedings, Salman Saeed is yet again taken apart by the batsmen. Zol hammers a full-length ball for a maximum and is hit for a boundary by Samson. Bot these batsmen are averaging above 50 in this tournament and have shown the big match temperament to keep India on the front foot.




Ind U-19  180/2 | Overs 29 | Zol 57*, Samson 50*


Crucial innings from Zol and Samson. Both have completed their respective half-centuries. Samson has been more aggressive of the two.  Zol got to his fifty with a single off Saeed in the 28th over, Samson reached to his fifty with a boundary of Mohammad Umair in the following over.




Ind U-19  148/2 | Overs 29 | Zol 39*, Samson 36*


Samson continues to rally India ahead while Zol anchors the other end.  Samson is scoring at a strike rate of over hundred and India’s run-rate is looking healthy.




Ind U-19  130/2 | Overs 20 | Zol 33*, Samson 25*


Samson is loosening up against the leggie Karamat Ali.  He took full advantage of a full toss in the 17th over and dispatched it for a boundary.  In Ali’s next over, Samson comes down and smacks another six off a full-toss. India’s run-rate is over six now. Samson in full flow is a treat to watch. Will be interesting to see how the duo plan for the middle overs.




Ind U-19  102/2 | Overs 16 | Zol 27*, Samson 3*


India’s hopes now lie on the shoulders of two shining star, Zol and Sanju Samson. Zol brings up the 100 for India with a boundary off Zafar Gohar. The Indian skipper is slowly coming into his zone scoring at ease, 27 now off 38 balls.




Ind U-19  85/2 | Overs 13 | Zol 13*, Samson 0* | OUT! Bains 47 (34b)


That’s the wicket, Pakistan were looking for. The aggressive Bains is dismissed by leg-spinner Karamat Ali for 47.  The leggie was on target since he was introduced into the attack. Bains tries to go for a lofted stroke but misses the ball and is stumped by wicketkeeper Saifullah Khan.




Ind U-19  76/1 | Overs 10 | Bains 45*,  Zol 6*


The run flow has has slowed down after the fall of first wicket. However, Bains is still batting on 41 off  26 deliveries. The batsmen have found it tough to score of the left-arm orthodox spinner.




Ind U-19  66/1 | Overs 7 | Bains 41*,  Zol 1* | OUT! Herwadkar 12(18b)


Pakistan manage to break the partnership. Herwadkar, who was happy to handover the strike to an aggressive Bains has been dismissed by Zia-ul-Haq for 12 caught by Mohammad Umair.




Ind U-19  60/0 | Overs  6 | Herwadkar 8*, Bains 41*


After Salman Saeed, Zia-ul-Haq too conceded five wides in the fifth over. Ankush Bains has been ruthless and taken apart the Pakistan bowling. Pakistan skipper brought in Zafar Gohar in to the attack in place of Salman, but Bains smashes him for three consecutive boundaries of the first three deliveries. 14 runs of the sixth over.




Ind U-19  20/0 | Overs  4 | Herwadkar 6*, Bains 27*


Salman Saeed is getting some special treatment from the openers. After conceding 13 in his first, Bains smashes a boundary and a six to boost India’s score ahead.




Ind U-19  20/0 | Overs  2 | Herwadkar 4*, Bains 11*


Indian openers are off to a brisk start. Ankush Bains got three runs off the first delivery of the match. Left-hander Herwadkar then scored a boundary off the third ball by left-arm pacer Zia-ul-Haq. Pacer Salman Saeed is off target from the other en conceding 13 runs including two boundaries and five wides.




Pakistan  Under-19 team won the toss and elected to bowl against India  Under-19 team in the final of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Asia Cup at Sharjah. The Indian team will be led by Vijay Zol. Sami Aslam is the captain of Pakistan team. Defending Champions India beat Sri Lanka in the semi-final to setup title date with Pakistan.


The last time when the two teams met in the group match, Pakistan won by two wickets. In their last five encounters India won once, Pakistan won thrice and one match was tied.




India Under-19 : Ankush Bains (wk), Akhil Herwadkar, Vijay Zol (c), Sanju Samson, Ricky Bhui, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Aamir Gani, Avesh Khan, Chma Milind.


Pakistan Under-19 : Sami Aslam (c), Salman Saeed, Hussain Talat, Saifullah Khan (wk), Zafar Gohar, Zia-ul-Haq, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Karamat Ali, Saud Shakeel.