Colombo, December 13, Thursday at 09:45 AM IST
While Virat Kohli and Co. have just created history with their first test win on Australian soil in nearly ten years, India's U23 side is underway to script history as they are ready to take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018.
The ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 which is in its business end, has three more games to go. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will lock horns in the first semi-final while India and Pakistan will go head to head in the second semi-final to secure a place in the Saturday's final.
Both India and Pakistan are placed on top of Group A and Group B and have played three games each. While India remains unbeaten so far, Pakistan lost to Bangladesh by 84 runs in their previous group encounter.
India remains unbeaten in Group A
In the last Group A encounter between India and Sri Lanka, the visitors registered 4 wickets win while chasing 260-7 on board. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a defendable 260-7 with the help of Avishka Fernando's (80 of 106) and Asela Gunaratne's unbeaten 67 of 64 deliveries.
Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna were the picks of bowlers for India with 3 and 2 scalps respectively.
Coming to chase, India faced a big blow on the very first ball in the form of Atharwa Taide who went on a duck. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad (67 of 73) and Himmat Singh (126* of 140) made sure to cross the finishing line. India chased down the target in 47.3 overs with 4 wickets in hand.
Bangladesh thrashes Pakistan in a must-win game
Pakistan and Bangladesh locked horns in the last Group B encounter. With two one-sided wins against Hong Kong and UAE, Pakistan were already in the preliminary final while Bangladesh needed to secure a win to advance into the next round.
Batting first, Bangladesh posted a massive total of 309-5 on the boards, courtesy Zakir Hasan (69 of 69), Mosaddek Hossain (85 of 74) and Yasir Ali (56 of 46).
Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Musa were the picks of bowlers for Pakistan with 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
Coming to chase, Pakistan was bowled out at 225 in 46.5 overs, falling short 84 runs. Nayeem Hasan took three wickets while Shafiul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain took 2 wickets each.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for-
IN-U23 Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper –PrabhSimran Singh/Ankush Bains
Batsmen – Atharwa Taide, Deepak Hooda, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Himmat Singh
All-rounder – Jayant Yadav (c), Nitish Rana
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, S Desai/A Rajpoot, Shams Mulani (Doubt: M Markande)
PK-U23 Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Rizwan (c)
Batsmen – S Farhan, Zeeshan Malik, Ali Imran, Saad Ali
All-rounder – Khushdil Shah, Saud Shakeel, Hussain Talat
Bowlers – Muhammad Musa, Ghulam Mudassar, Suleman Shafqat, Ashiq Ali (Doubt: M Ilyas)
India – Ankush Bains (wk), Siddharth Desai, Jayant Yadav (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Nitish Rana, Atit Sheth, Himmat Singh, Prasidh Krishna, , Shivam Mavi, Mayank Markande, Shams Mulani, Atharwa Taide, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, PrabhSimran Singh
Pakistan – Saad Ali, Khushdil Shah,Suleman Shafqat, Zeeshan Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Hussain Talat, Saud Shakeel, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Asghar, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Ilyas, Sahibzada Farhan, Ali Imran, Muhammad Musa, Ashiq Ali
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Both Prabhsimran Singh and Ankush Bains are in contention to play for India. In a single opportunity against Oman, Ankush Bains scored 83 of 98 deliveries. Prabhsimran Singh has scored just 10 runs in 2 innings.
From Pakistan, M Rizwan is the perfect pick.
Fantasy tip: Choose from M Rizwan and A Bains
Himmat Singh scored a century against Sri Lanka in the last game and a fifty against Oman in the second last game for India. In three innings he has scored 148 runs.
Deepak Hooda is the second leading run scorer with 131 runs from three innings.
Shahibzada Farhaan has struck two centuries in two innings for Pakistan.
M Rizwan and Zeeshan Malik are other notable contributors with the bat.
Fantasy Picks: Himmat Singh, Deepak Hooda, S Farhan, R Gaikwad and Ali Imran
Hussain Talat scored a century against UAE for Pakistan
Khusdil Shah is the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan with seven scalps in the bag
Jayant Yadav is the joint leading wicket-taker for India with seven wickets in the bag
Fantasy Picks: J Yadav, H Talat, and Khusdil Shah
Mayank Markande has bagged seven wickets, Shivam Mavi has bagged 3 wickets and P Krishna -2 wickets
Mohammad Ilyas took 5 wickets against Hong Kong
Ashiq Ali took 3 wickets against UAE
Fantasy Picks: M Markande, M Ilyass, Ashiq Ali, Ankit Rajpoot
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