Pakistan players had a long discussion with coach Ijaz Ahmed before coming out on the field. They need to defend 172, which will be a huge task. Divyaansh Saxena and Yashasi Jaiswal make their way out to the middle. Tahir Hussain, left-arm fast-medium, to bowl the first over. Jaiswal to face it first.
OUT! Sushant Mishra picks up the last wicket off Pakistan's innings. Aamir Ali departs. Mishra digs it short, the batsmen tried the pull and the ball went straight to Siddhesh Veer at cover.
Pakistan have been bundled out for 172. Sheer dominance from the Indian bowlers!
After 43 overs, Pakistan Under-19 172/9 ( Aamir Ali 1 , Tahir Hussain 2 )
Tyagi returns. Right on the money on the very first ball with a yorker outside off. Pakistan don't wanna be losing any more wickets — that's quite visible are they are simply sneaking in for singles and doubles. Removes Tahir Hussain with a short delivery that hurried on to the batsmen. Three runs and a wicket from that over.
OUT! Tahir Hussain is the man to depart. Tyagi picks up his second wicket.
Again, it the short ball that has worked. Hussain tries the pull top-edges it and the keeper completes a simple catch.
After 42 overs,Pakistan Under-19 169/8 ( Tahir Hussain 1 , Aamir Ali 0)
Sushant Mishra returns. He's testing the batsmen out with short stuff. He removes skipper Rohail Nazir for 69, who tried to smack it over deep mid wicket for a maximum but ended up hitting it straight to Tilak Varma at short mid-wicket. Two runs and a wicket off the over.
OUT! No, Nazir, what have you done! Short ball from Akash and it skidded on to the skipper, who ended up hitting it straight to short mid-wicket. Can Pakistan play out the remaining overs?
Rohail Nazir c Tilak Varma b Sushant Mishra 62(102)
After 41 overs,Pakistan Under-19 167/7 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 61 , Tahir Hussain 0)
Bishnoi takes the ball for the 41st over. Looks too good for Pakistan at the moment, especially with his wrong-un's. Just the one run off the over. Right, Bishnoi completes his spell — 7-0-29-1.
After 40 overs,Pakistan Under-19 166/7 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 60 , Tahir Hussain 0)
Tyagi steams in for his seventh over. Starts off with an inswinging yorker and Nazir failed to read that one. He gets warned for his first beamer on the second ball — it was a no-ball but the free hit didn't cost anything. Pakistan batsmen looking shaky at the moment, especially against Tyagi, who concedes only two runs in that over.
After 39 overs,Pakistan Under-19 164/7 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 59 , Tahir Hussain 0)
Bishnoi back and he starts off with a wrong one, which traps Abbas Afridi in front of the wicket. Pakistan are crumbling at the moment. The leggie completely bamboozled Tahir Hussain on his fifth ball. Just the one run off that over — from the wide.
OUT! More like the Bishnoi we're used to watching. Wrong-run and traps Abbas Afridi in front of the wicket.
Abbas Afridi lbw b Ravi Bishnoi 2(3)
After 38 overs,Pakistan Under-19 163/6 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 59 , Abbas Afridi 2)
Tyagi steams in for his sixth over and dismisses Irfan Khan with a yorker off the second delivery. More than half of the batsmen are back in the hut for Pakistan. A rare misfield from Jaiswal at third man and its a boundary. Seven runs and a wicket from it.
Captains to score a fifty in an U-19 WC semi-final match:
Denesh Ramdin v Eng U-19, Dhaka, 2004
Mitchell Marsh v SL U-19, Lincoln, 2010
Will Rhodes v Pak U-19, Dubai, 2014
Mehidy Hasan Miraz v WI U-19, Dhaka, 2016
Shimron Hetmyer v Ban U-19, Dhaka, 2016
Rohail Nazir v Ind U-19, Potchefstroom, 2020*
FOUR! Rare misfield from Jaiswal at third man but four runs for Nazir.
OUT! Toe-crushing yorker from Tyagi and he removes Irfan Khan. India back in the game now.
After 37 overs,Pakistan Under-19 156/5 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 54 , Irfan Khan 3)
Ankolekar returns for his seventh over. He has been all over the place in this over, concedes a four from Nazir, who brings up his half-century. Eight runs off the over.
50! Talk about leading from the front! Skipper Rohail Nazir brings up his first fifty of the tournament.
After 36 overs,Pakistan Under-19 148/5 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 49 , Irfan Khan 1)
Akash Singh returns to bowl his seventh over. Starts off with two short deliveries — Nazir picks up a single off the first. Testing out Nazir, who'll have to wait a little longer for his fifty. This over fetches two runs for Pakistan.
After 35 overs,Pakistan Under-19 146/5 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 48 , Irfan Khan 0)
Ankolekar is back. Just when things were looking good for Pakistan, Ankolekar gets a breakthrough, removes Haris for 21 but what a stunning catch by Saxena there. Two runs and a wicket in that over.
OUT! What a spectacular catch by Saxena! Half the side back in the pavilion for Pakistan. Ankolekar removes Haris for 21.
Mohammad Haris c Saxena b Ankolekar 21(15)
After 34 overs,Pakistan Under-19 144/4 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 47 , Mohammad Haris 20)
Akash Singh comes around the wicket for his sixth over. Meanwhile, Haris and Nazir are silently stitching a partnership. They're nudging the ball for singles and doubles if they can't fetch a boundary — sensible cricket from them. A single each off the first five deliveries. Short mid-wicket has been called in. Full toss — the last ball off the over and the bowler's lucky there. Five singles in the over.
After 33 overs,Pakistan Under-19 139/4 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 45 , Mohammad Haris 17)
Bishnoi returns.Hasn't lived up to his reputation so far in the match in terms of picking wickets or Pakistan batsmen have done their homework right. Concedes two single off the first two balls. The third delivery was loosener really and got the treatment it deserved — a slog sweep from Haris for a maximum. Expensive over that, 11 off it. Time for drinks.
SIX! Biggie. Short from Bishnoi and Haris got hold off that one, full arm extension from him and slogs it over mid-wicket.
After 32 overs,Pakistan Under-19 128/4 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 42 , Mohammad Haris 9)
Akash Singh comes into the attack for his fifth over. Pakistan batsmen happy to rotate the strike in this over. The run rate is just above four at the moment. Five runs from the over.
After 31 overs,Pakistan Under-19 123/4 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 41 , Mohammad Haris 5)
India's standout bowler, Ravi Bishnoi into the attack. Troubles the batsmen right away in his first two deliveries. A little mix up between the two batsmen out in the middle on the third delivery, but Pakistan pay the price there — Qasim departs for 9. Haris steers the fifth delivery off the over towards third man and collects a boundary. Five runs — a wicket and four off the over.
FOUR! Steered towards third man by Haris off Ravi Bishnoi's bowling.
OUT! Chaos and carnage there for Pakistan. A little mix-up between the two batsmen and there's a run out. Qasim is the man to depart.
Qasim Akram run out (Ankolekar/Dhruv Jurel) 9(16)
After 30 overs,Pakistan Under-19 118/3 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 41 , Qasim Akram 9)
Jaiswal into the attack for his third over. He's really got into the act, chipping in beautifully with his leg break. Concedes a four off his fourth delivery. He gives an option to the skipper to save his best bowlers for the death overs. Six runs off the over.
FOUR! Nicely swept away by Akram towards backward square leg off Jaiswal's bowling.
After 29 overs,Pakistan Under-19 112/3 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 40 , Qasim Akram 4)
Sushant Mishra steams in for his seventh over. There has been a lot of short stuff from him so far. Again, the fourth delivery was short and Nazir pounced on it, steering it towards backward point for a boundary. Eight runs off the over.
FOUR! Width on offer from Sushant and Nazir steers it towards deep backward point for a boundary.
After 28 overs,Pakistan Under-19 104/3 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 35 , Qasim Akram 1)
Jaiswal into the attack once again. Skipper Priyam Garg has showed his faith in him. The third delivery was a tad bit short and Nazir rocked back and slapped it behind point for a boundary. Four runs off the over.
FOUR! Just a tad bit short from Jaiswal and Nazir rocks back and slaps it behind point.
After 27 overs,Pakistan Under-19 100/3 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 31 , Qasim Akram 1)
Sushant Mishra steams in for his sixth over. Starts off with one that nipped away and tangled Nazir. Then bowls a wide on the second one. Mishra has been all over the place so far, but thankully, the field is adjusted well and so good shots from the batsmen don't fetch many runs. Four runs off the over.
Thankfully, 100 is up for Pakistan.
Pakistan openers with 50-plus runs in an U-19 WC semi-final match:
Shahid Anwar v WI YC, Adelaide, 1988
Ahmed Shehzad v SA U-19, Kuala Lumpur, 2008
Haider Ali v India U-19, Potchefstroom, 2020
After 26 overs,Pakistan Under-19 96/3 ( Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 29 , Qasim Akram 0)
Yashasvi Jaiswal, right-arm leg break, into the attack for the first time. He removes Haider Ali, who looked good for his 56-run knock but departed trying to up the ante. Successful over that, just the one run and a wicket off it.
Out! Jaiswal has been phenomenal with the bat so far but on this occasion with the ball. Wasn't that good a delivery. Haider Ali smacks it way towards point and a simple catch for Bishnoi.
Haider Ali c Ravi Bishnoi b Jaiswal 56(77)
After 25 overs,Pakistan Under-19 95/2 ( Haider Ali 56 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 28)
Ankolekar returns, bowls a flighted delivery upfront, no runs off it. Haider Ali pushes forward on the next delivery and sneaks a single. Ankolekar is not afraid to flight the ball at all. just four runs off it.
After 24 overs,Pakistan Under-19 91/2 ( Haider Ali 54 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 26)
Bishnoi is back for his sixth over. Starts off with a wide delivery to Haider Ali, who brings up his 50 on that one with a four that ran past the slip. Five runs off the Bishnoi over.
50! For Haider Ali and he brings it up in style with a flashy drive which ran past slip.
After 23 overs,Pakistan Under-19 86/2 ( Haider Ali 49 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 26)
Ankolekar returns. He has been right on the money with his lengths in this over, deceived the batsman off the last delivery. Just two runs off that one. The batsmen are just nudging the ball for one's and two's.
After 22 overs,Pakistan Under-19 84/2 ( Haider Ali 48 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 25)
Bishnoi into the attack for his fifth over. Indian spinners have been trying to slow down the scoring from Pakistan. The fifth one was drifting on the pads and Haider got down on one leg and smacked it towards fine leg for a boundary. That apart, tidy over that from Bishnoi, just the one boundary off it.
FOUR! Drifting on the pads and Haider gets down on one leg, hits it towards fine leg.
After 21 overs,Pakistan Under-19 80/2 ( Haider Ali 44 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 25)
Ankolekar is back and he's been accurate with his line and length so far. Concedes only three runs off the over. Meanwhile, the run rate is improving but only slightly — 3.81 at the moment.
After 20 overs,Pakistan Under-19 77/2 ( Haider Ali 42 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 24)
Bishnoi is bowling in tandem with Ankolekar. Bowled well for all his balls except the third, which was outside off and Haider Ali steered that turning delivery towards third man for a boundary. Six runs off it.
FOUR! From the blade of Haider Ali, who steers that turning delivery towards third man.
After 19 overs,Pakistan Under-19 71/2 ( Haider Ali 37 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 23)
Ankolekar, left-arm spinner, back for his second over. Tosses the first two delivery up and concedes a single off the second one. Asking a lot of questions at the moment is the spinner. Bowls the last delivery on the leg side and Haider smacks it four a four behind square.
FOUR! On the leg side and easy pickings those for Haider Ali, who strikes it towards backwards quare leg for a boundary.
After 18 overs,Pakistan Under-19 64/2 ( Haider Ali 32 , Rohail Nazir 21)
Akash Singh into the attack for his fourth over. Starts off with the yorker, no runs off it. Comes around the wicket for the second ball and cramps the batsmen for room. Haider Ali nudges the ball towards cover and sneaks in single off the fourth delivery. The fifth delivery was a short one and Nazir swatted it away though mid-wicket for a double. Four runs off the over.
After 17 overs,Pakistan Under-19 60/2 ( Haider Ali 31 , Rohail Nazir 18)
Right, spin in the form of Atharva Ankolekar, who is bowling his first over. Tosses the first delivery up to Haider, who was beaten on that occasion. Three runs off the over again and that has been Pakistan's story so far, going at about three-and-a-half runs per over.
After 16 overs,Pakistan Under-19 57/2 ( Haider Ali 30 , Rohail Nazir (C) (W) 16)
Akash steams in post the drinks break. The left-arm seamer tries to angle the ball into the right-hander Nazir in his first three deliveries and concedes no run off them. The fourth one was short and Nazir tried to smoke it over long-on for a maximum but didn't time that at all and it landed just short of the charging mid-on. The over fetches just two runs for Pakistan.
India vs Pakistan, ICC U-19 World Cup 2020 Semi-Final 1, Live Updates: Sushant Mishra picks up the last wicket off Pakistan's innings. Aamir Ali departs. Mishra digs it short, the batsmen tried the pull and the ball went straight to Siddhesh Veer at cover.
Preview: Cricket fans will be up for a treat when India and their arch-rivals Pakistan square off in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020 semi-final 1 clash. This will be the tenth time both the countries’ respective youth sides meet in the U-19 World Cup, with Pakistan having won five of the previous nine meetings.
The last time the two teams met in the global tournament was not too long back and was at the exact same stage – the semi-finals in 2018. The Boys in Blue rode on Shubman Gill’s century to register a total of 272-9 in Christchurch, and Ishan Porel ran riot during Pakistan’s run chase to finish with four wickets as the Boys in Green were bundled out for just 69 runs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has been India’s top-scorer in this edition, amassing 207 runs with three fifties to his name.
Meanwhile, leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi has impressed with his brilliant bowling in the tournament so far. He features in the top-10 wicket-takers’ list with 11 scalps, which includes two four-wicket hauls.
Abbas Afridi has been the top performer for Pakistan, with nine wickets so far.
Both India and Pakistan are unbeaten in the tournament so far. The bowlers played a crucial role in India’s quarter-final victory over Australia with Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh up picking four and three wickets each. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir Khan and Mohammad Huraira did the star turn for Pakistan in their last-eight win over Afghanistan with three wickets and an unbeaten knock of 64. It will be a clash of pace attacks between the two sides and it will be fascinating to see which one comes out on top.
India U-19 squad: Priyam Garg (capt), Akash Singh, Atharva Ankolekar, Shubhang Hegde, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Dhruv Jurel, Kartik Tyagi, Kumar Kushagra, Sushant Mishra,Vidyadhar Patil, Ravi Bishnoi, Shashwat Rawat, Divyaansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Siddhesh Veer, Divyansh Joshi.
Pakistan U-19 squad: Rohail Nazir (c & wk), Haider Ali (vc), Abbas Afridi, Qasim Akram, Aamir Ali, Abdul Bangalzai, Mohammad Haris, Fahad Munir, Mohammad Huraira, Tahir Hussain, Amir Khan, Arish Ali Khan, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah (replaced by Mohammad Wasim), Mohammad Shehzad.