Sanju Samson (above) added 119 runs with Sarfaraz Khan to help India set a bit total against Pakistan © IANS (File photo)
Sanju Samson (above) added 119 runs with Sarfaraz Khan to help India set a bit total against Pakistan © IANS (File photo)

 

Feb 15, 2014

 

Sarfaraz Khan and Sanju Samson slammed half-centuries while Deepak Hooda claimed five wickets as India thrashed Pakistan by 40 runs in their ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 Group A match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

 

Chasing a daunting target of 263 to win, Pakistan squandered a strong start provided by skipper Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq. They managed only 222 from 48.4 overs as India registered a big win.

 

Sarfaraz , after top-scoring with 74 in the first innings, returned with the figures of 3-0-10-1 and also took as many as four catches to help India beat their arch rivals. His score of 74 is already the highest by any Indian batsman in the Under-19 50-over cricket between the two sides.

 

Hooda was the pick among the bowlers for India, as he bagged five wickets for 41 runs.

 

In their chase of 263, Pakistan adopted a cautious approach early on and did not allow the Indian bowlers to capitalise. After five overs, Pakistan had managed only 19 runs while in the eighth over they were at 25.

 

It was in the ninth over of the game that Pakistan started picking up, with both Aslam and Imam hitting boundaries down the ground off Chama Milind.

 

Aslam and Imam batted exceptionally well, using the sweep shot against the spinners and rotating the strike well to keep the scoreboard ticking. After bringing up the 50 for their side in the 12th over, they brought up the 100 for their side in the 23rd over, with Aslam hitting a boundary off Kuldeep Yadav to also complete his half-century.

 

It was in the next over that India got a breakthrough, when spinner Aamir Gani dismissed Imam-ul-Haq for 39. Pakistan reached 115 for one halfway through, and needed another 148 runs to win the clash.

 

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. Indian captain Vijay Zol was quick to collect the ball and send it to the non-strikers end.

 

The 34th over of the innings was a disastrous one for Pakistan, as they lost two wickets in Sarfaraz’s over. The all-rounder first cleaned up 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. It was unfortunate for Kamran as Sarfaraz by mistake dislodged one bail while he was yet to get the ball — and Deepak Hooda was on target — taking off the other bail.

 

The lower order batsmen could not do much as Pakistan slipped to a defeat from a position of being in control of the game. Milind got the final wicket when Mohammad Aftab was bowled in the penultimate over of the match.

 

Earlier in the day, 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 tournament. 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.

 

Sarfaraz’s score of 74, studded with five boundaries and a six is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in India versus Pakistan Under-19 cricket history.

 

Earlier in the innings, India were off to a flying start early on as openers Akhil Herwadkar and Ankush Bains punished the Pakistan bowlers for being wayward in the initial overs.

 

Brief scores:

 

India Under-19 262 for 7 in 50 overs (Akhil Herwadkar 41, Sanju Samson 68, Sarfaraz Khan 74; Irfanullah Shah 2 for 32) beat Pakistan Under-19 222 in 48.4 overs (Sami Aslam 64, Imam-ul-Haq 39, Saud Shakeel 32; Deepak Hooda 5 for 41) by 40 runs.

 

Man of the Match: Sarfaraz Khan

 

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