Tuesday, February 09, 2016

India vs Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket World Cup First Semi Final

India against Sri Lanka in semi-final of Under-19 Cricket World Cup

India has to outperform in the first semi-final of Under 19 Cricket World Cup

Unbeaten so far in Under-19 Cricket World Cup, India must win in semi-final against Sri Lanka

It is India vs Sri Lanka in the semi-final of Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The match is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh. Indian U-19 Cricket World Cup team must maintain their winning streak to stay in the game and reach in the final. Staying unbeaten so far in all their games is a good boost. It is a positive factor to keep Indian team’s tempo and momentum at a high level. The team has excelled in all sections of the game against all four teams so far. India has been a three-time champion in U-19 World Cup. The team won in the final in the years 2000, 2008 and 2012. It was a very decent win against Namibia in the quarter-final of the current Under 19 cricket world cup series. India won by 197 runs. Opener Rishabh Pant was the star of the game with an excellent century.

The batting order of current Indian team playing Under 19 cricket world cup has been able to deliver its best during the time of need and crisis. The tough batting line is one of the prominent reasons for staying unbeatable so far in the game and reaching in the semi-finals safely. Skipper Ishan Kishan has partnered very well with the opener, Rishabh Pant to build a solid start for India against their opponents. Ishan has been a good support but has still to prove his mettle in terms of a big score in an individual capacity. Sarfaraz Khan has been crafty in contributing a couple of half-centuries in the middle order. A solid start and a consistent support from the middle order always help in totalling to a big tally. The same goes true for other middle order batsmen Anmolpreet Singh and Armaan Jaffer. Allrounder Washington Sundar is not far behind in terms of contributing well towards building a respectable total.

India vs Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket World Cup First Semi Final
Ishan Kishan and Rahul Dravid have a chat © Getty Images
If we look at the bowling section of the Indian Under 19 Cricket World Cup team, Khaleed Ahmed, AVesh Khan and Rahul Batham have performed well. These three bowlers have been able to get early breakthrough for the Indian team in almost all the matches played so far. The batting and bowling departments have to perform in the same fashion in the semi-final against Sri Lanka so as to reach in the final unstoppable. The credit goes to Rahul Dravid for coaching the team in a truly professional manner. That is why the team has been able to perform in a fantastico manner.
India vs Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket World Cup First Semi Final
Anmolpreet Singh made a measured fifty, India v Sri Lanka, Under-19 World Cup 2016, Mirpur © Getty Images

The spin bowlers are not far behind when we are talking about excellent performances. Sundar, Anmolpreet and Mahipal Lomror have been able to control the opponent batsmen in scoring at a high run-rate at the later stage of the game. Hope the fantastico performance continues and Indian team emerges out as  fourth time winner in the onging Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016. The first semi-final of India vs Sri Lanka is a critical milestone for India. The fantastico performance is swift in the semi-final against Sri Lanka. India is 167 for 3 in 38 overs.

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