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India vs Pakistan U 19 2020 Semifinal: Preview

The knockout stage in the 2020 U-19 World Cup starts with the clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The India vs Pakistan U19 2020 Semifinal is one of the most anticipated battles in the tournament so far. The match will be played at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Tuesday, February 04 2020. The boys in blue stunned Australia in the quarter-finals while their counterparts got the better of Afghanistan in their respective last encounters. 

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India were tested in their last match against Australia. They scored 233/9 after Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 62 at the top. The Indian middle-order struggled against the Australian bowlers. However, Atharva Ankolekar (55) and Ravi Bishnoi (30) added a crucial stand of 61 runs to take them over 200. At the end, the score proved enough for the Indian colts who won the game by 74 runs after Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh’s bowling exploits. 

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Pakistan, on the other end, comfortably beat Afghanistan by six wickets in their last game. A conjugated effort by the Pakistan bowlers led by Mohammad Amir Khan (3/58) ensured that their opponents dont even get to the 200-run mark. Chasing 190 to win, the team rode on Mohammad Huraira’s 64 to set up an easy win to book a place in the U19 2020 semifinal against India.

The onus will be again on these top players from the two teams to replicate their performance. Both teams have a number of matchwinners in their teams to get the result in their favor. The weather report for India vs Pakistan U19 2020 Semifinal is expected to be interrupted by rain and heavy clouds. According to Accuweather, there is a 50 % chance of rain along with thunderstorms which might play a spoilsport in the contest. 

The pitch at theSenwes Park has presented a few challenges to the team chasing in the last four matches. A score of 230 or over has been successfully posted by the team batting first, while chasing down scores of over 200 has been extremely difficult.

There are no injury concerns from both teams which also means that both teams are likely to field the same XI in the India vs Pakistan U19 2020 Semifinal unless there is any last-minute injury to any of the players. With India having an unbeaten run in the campaign so far, they are the favorites to win this knockout contest. 

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Key Stats Ahead of India vs Pakistan U19 2020 Semifinal

1) India and Pakistan have clashed against each other nine times in the U-19 World Cup, five have been won by Pakistan while India has emerged victorious four times.

2) Yashasvi Jaiswal is the only Indian batsman to cross the 100-run mark in the tournament so far. He has scored 207 runs with three half-centuries in four matches.

3) Ravi Bishnoi (11) and Karthik Tyagi (9) has taken 20 wickets together in the tournament. 

4) Abbas Afridi (9 ) Tahir Hussain (7) and Mohammad Amir Khan (7) are the highest-wicket takers for Pakistan in the tournament so far. 

5) India have won the U-19 title four times (2000, 2008, 2012, 2018), while Pakistan have won twice (2004, 2006).

Squads of India vs Pakistan U19 2020 Semifinal

India U19

 Yashasvi Jaiswal, Divyansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg (C), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Siddhesh Veer, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Sushant Mishra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Vidyadhar Patil, Shubhang Hegde, Shashwat Rawat, Kumar Kushagra

Pakistan U19

Haider Ali, Muhammad Huraira, Rohail Nazir (C & WK), Fahad Munir, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Haris, Irfan Khan, Abbas Afridi, Tahir Hussain, Aamir Ali, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abdul Bangalzai, Muhammad Shehzad, Arish Ali Khan

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