Pressure and anticipation mounts as the Indian Under 19 cricket team start off their first encounter at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 against none other than old rivals Pakistan.
This is going to be a tough game as Pakistan under 19 team has always been great in its performance against India in the past, while the Indian team is basking in the glory of its win in last match held in 2012 and also the much coveted win at Asia Cup.
Starting off at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the under-19 World Cup comes with the right bang at the first match, which should create waves for the matches to come.
The Indian team had lost the warm-up match to Sri Lanka, but the team is certainly in good form and boasts of the captaincy of Vijay Zol and members like Akhil Herwadkar who had taken India to its win in last World Cup.
Sanju Samson coupled with Zol should be one of the most exciting players to be seen on the field, while names like Ankush Bains, Shreyas Iyer, and Ricky Bhui should contribute to the batting line. Follow the live scores here.
Moving on, the Pakistan under 19 had won the two warm-up matches with ease and would be looking forward to get even for the last loss at Asia Cup. Captain Sami Aslam should be leading the batting line with Imam-ul-Haq.
On the bowling side, Irfanullah Shaikh, Zia-ul-Haq and Mohammad Aftab should be showing off some sparks.
With pressure escalating on both sides, Saturday should be a good day for cricket lovers as Indian and Pakistan under 19 teams take on each other with amazing promise!
The teams are as below:
India under-19 : Vijay Zol, Akhil Herwadkar, Ricky Bhui, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Aamir Gani, Ankush Bains, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Chama Milind, Kuldeep Yadav, Atit Sheth, Monu Kumar, Karan Kaila.
Pakistan: Kamran Ghulam, Ameer Hamza, Imran Rafiq, Zafar Gohar, Sami Aslam, Imam-ul-Haq, Hasan Raza, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Umair, Karamat Ali, Zia-ul-Haq, Irfanullah Shaikh, Safiullah Khan, Mohammad Aftab, Amad Butt.