For the 5th Place Play-off Semi-Final, India U19 will take on Sri Lanka U19 in ICC Under-19 World Cup 2013-2014 at ICC Academy, Dubai. This is a crucial match for both teams that have faced unanticipated losses in their last match.
Indian Under 19 team had won all of the group matches to make it easily into the quarter finals, but their decisive match against England on 22nd February at Dubai International Cricket Stadium turned the tables.
In spite of having a good batting line, Indian squad ended up losing wickets to settle for 221. England team managed narrowly to win the match by 3 wickets to make it into the semi finals.
For the 5th Place Play-off, it’s a desperate situation for the defending champions to find a place in the tournament.
Sri Lanka Under 19 will find itself in an equal position as after winning all the matches and leading Group D, the team couldn’t chase the mammoth target set by Pakistan at 279 for the 2nd quarter final. With a crushing batting lineup, the team remained under pressure and lost by huge margin of 121 runs.
Except for B Fernando who took four wickets, none of the players could stand the Pakistan’s sharp play.
It’s a sunny day in Dubai with maximum temperature expected at 28o, and there are no rains expected. The match starts at 09.30 local time(05.30GMT) and fans in selected countries can catch the live broadcasting on Star Sports, Ten Sports/Ten Cricket, and Willow Cricket TV. Indian and Sri Lankan fans should be looking for a tough play today!