Dubai: Defending champions India and traditional rivals Pakistan are heading for a rematch in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, provided both win their quarter-final matches here today.
India celebrate the fall of a Scotland wicket in their last league match on February 17 in Dubai. Pic/ICC.
The Vijay Zol-led Indian team will square off against the 1998 winners England at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium while Sami Aslam’s lads will take on Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. If both the sides come out on top, they will lock horns in the first semi-final here on Monday.
India, except for the match against Scotland where they slipped to 22-5 while chasing 89 for victory, have shown good touch while defeating Pakistan by 40 runs and then thumping Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 245 runs in pool matches.
Sanju Samson, with 160 runs, and Sarfaraz Khan, with 153 runs, are in good form for India while Kuldeep Yadav with eight wickets is the most successful bowler going into the Super League.
India can take a lot of comfort from the fact that they lead 6-1 head-to-head against England in the U-19 World Cup. However, when the two sides met last, England defeated India by 31 runs with Ben Stokes scoring 100 in Lincoln in the 2010 event in New Zealand.
“It doesn’t matter that we’re playing England in the quarter-final. We have set our standards in all the three departments — batting, bowling and fielding. So, we’d like to live up to our standards,” Zol, said ahead of the key clash.