The ICC Under-19 World Cup, a stage for budding cricketers to showcase their talent, is in full swing with the league stages underway. Pakistan had a promising start, securing a dominating victory, while Nepal, despite putting up a good fight, faced defeat in their opening encounter. Both teams are eager to win this match, aiming to position themselves favorably in the Super 6 stage, where points are carried forward from the league matches.
|ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, 2024
|Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
|Date & Time
|24 January 2024, 13:30
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Nepal U19 Preview:
Nepal faced a challenging task in their first game, chasing a formidable total of 303 runs. Arjun Kumal played a lone battle at the top, scoring a commendable 90 runs, but lacked support from other batsmen. Dev Khanal and Subash Bhandari contributed with 30+ cameos but couldn’t sustain the chase. The batting unit needs to play more sensibly to post competitive scores.
In the bowling department, Nepal’s bowlers gave away 302 runs in the last game. Gulshan Jha (3/61) and Subash Bhandari (2/62) took five wickets but struggled to control the run flow. Dipesh Kandel, Akash Tripathi, and Tilak Bhandari chipped in with a wicket each. Key players to watch include Subash Bhandari, Gulshan Jha, and Arjun Kumal.
Nepal U19 Predicted Playing XI: Arjun Kumal, Akash Triphati, Utham Magar, Dev Khanal, Dipak Bohara, Deepak Bohara, Gulsham Jha, Tilak Bhandari, Dipak Kandel, Subash Bhandari, Aakash Chand
Pakistan U19 Preview:
Pakistan posted a competitive total of 284/9 in their 50 overs in the previous game. Shahzaib Khan anchored the innings with a brilliant 106 runs, with valuable support from Saad Baig (55 runs) and Mohammed Riaz (46 runs). Their bowlers then dominated, bundling out the opposition for 103 runs, securing a convincing 181-run victory. Ubaid Shah (3/26) and Mohammed Zeeshan (4/27) led the bowling attack, sharing seven wickets between them.
Key players for Pakistan include Saad Baig, Shahzaib Khan, and Mohammed Zeeshan.
Pakistan U19 Predicted Playing XI: Shahzaib Khan, Shamyl Hussain, Saad Baig, Mohammed Riaz, Ubaid Shah, Mohammed Zeeshan, Ahmed Hussain, Amir Hassan, Azan Awais, Arafat Minhas, Ali Asfand
The venue at East London offers a good pitch with true bounce and good pace off the surface. This sets the stage for an evenly contested battle between bat and ball. Both batters and bowlers are likely to find assistance from the surface, provided they apply themselves effectively.
Toss: To Bat:
Considering the pitch conditions, the toss is expected to play a crucial role. Captains are likely to opt for batting first, as the pitch may slow down in the second innings. Recent matches have seen teams batting first posting scores in excess of 280, indicating the advantage of setting a competitive total on this pitch.
NEPU19 vs PAKU19 – Winning Prediction:
Pakistan emerges as one of the strong contenders in the tournament, boasting a solid batting and bowling lineup. On the other hand, Nepal has struggled to post significant scores, and both their batting and bowling units need to step up. The consistent application of good cricket is crucial for Nepal’s success.
With Pakistan’s balanced team and strong performances, they are likely to secure a victory in this match.
Prediction: Pakistan will win the match.
As the young talents from Nepal and Pakistan gear up for this encounter, cricket enthusiasts can anticipate an engaging clash at East London. The pitch conditions, combined with the skills of these emerging players, promise an exciting match in the ICC Under-19 World Cup.