The exciting and entertaining Juniors Tournament of the ICC Under 19 World Cup crowns the new U19 World Champions on this Saturday. India U19 and Australia U19 going for the battle to decide the new champions. Indian side is undefeated yet and Australia has lost only one game in the tournament, that was against India. The big Final set to take place between India vs Australia at 2 PM Local | 6:30 AM IST on Saturday, 3rd February 2018.
India’s unbeaten run continues in the tournament and they maintained all around show to secure a place in the Final. It will be India U19’s 6th World Cup Final and they have lifted thrice already. Indian team settled with runners-up tag in 2016 edition, but they have a good chance to win the title this time. Indian bowlers came to an aid once again in the semifinal and bowled out Pakistan for just 69 runs. Shubman Gill’s rocking form continued in that game too and he finally notched a big hundred. New ball bowlers made all the troubles for the opposition and ensure a win by 202 runs margin. Skipper Prithvi Shaw and his opening partner Manjot Kalra had a good stand once again for the opening wicket. But both dismissed for 40+ runs. The in-form openers should go for more runs in this thrilling final. When they faced Australia last time, Prithvi scored 94 runs and Kalra has scored 86. That similar performances required from them, hopefully they will come with that. The most consistent batsman of the tournament, Shubman Gill scored 3 half-centuries and a centuries in four innings he batted. His scores 63, 90*, 86 and 102* runs respectively. Undoubtedly, he is the big impact player of the team and team relying lot on him.
Wicket keeper Harvik Desai used to bat at no. 4 in last two knock-out matches and he contributed with some decent scores 34 and 20 respectively. Riyan Parag’s batting woes continued in the semi final but he managed to rectify it with his bowling show of 2 for 6 in 4 overs. All rounders Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Roy handles the pressure in middle-order batting. Either one of them used to play supportive roles with a bat throughout the tournament. Both Abhishek and Anukul are key wicket-takers for India. Anukul has claimed 12 wickets in 5 matches and Abhished scored an important half-century against Bangladesh in quarter final. Shivam Singh is the third left-arm spin option in the playing XI and he had done a great job to claim 2 for 20 in 8 overs. Shivam Mavi, the pacer bowls at his best with an economical spell and also with wickets. Ishan Porel came to a form with 4 for 17 against Pakistan. He is the big wicket-taking pace bowler in the squad.
The Australian side started their tournament with a heavy defeat to India. That was wake-up call for them. They came back stronger and won next 4 matches in a row to reach the grand final. The opening all-rounder Jack Edwards all-round show and Lloyd Pope’s heroic 8 wickets haul were most notable things in Australia’s campaign in this tournament. Jack Edwards started off with 4 wickets haul and 73 runs with a bat against India. He won second man of the match award for his batting performances of 72 off 65 balls in the semi-final against Afghanistan. He has scored a total of 188 runs in 4 innings and also claimed 5 wickets in 2 innings. He is the big boost for the team. Max Bryant, the other opener has mixed tournament. He yet to score a half-century and dismissed for less than 20 runs in three different occasions. Skipper Jason Sangha contributed with decent performances in every match, especially he scored back to back half-centuries in the last two group stage matches. Austin Waugh, the son of former senior team captain Steve Waugh – had a tough tour. He was omitted for both knock-out matches and probably will not feature in this game too.
All rounder Jonathan Merlo plays a big role with bat at no. 4 and also with a ball. He has claimed 4 wickets in the semi-final against Afghan. He is the other key player in the side. Australia middle-order gets strong with players like Param Uppal and Nathan McSweeney. In the game against PNG, McSweeney promoted to open the innings and he scored a mighty 156 runs in 111 balls. Both Uppal and McSweeney has played a good hand in the semi-final and remained not out with 32 and 22 runs respectively. Will Sutherland bowls good economical spells in the middle-overs and also used to pick crucial wickets at crucial times. He possibly bat at no. 7 as well. Baxter J Holt is the wicket keeper in the side and he contributes with some handy knocks in lower order whenever gets an opportunity to bat. The pacer Zak Evans has taken 3 wickets in last 3 appearances. Jason Rolston who picked 7 for 15 runs against PNG, did not feature in both knock-outs. Hopefully, he will get a chance in the big Final. Ryan Hadley contributed with 3 wickets in 4 matches. His economical spells are key for the team. Xavier Bartlett bowled so well to pick 3 for 20 against Zimbabwe, but he thrown out from the XI after that. The leg-spinner Lloyd Pope’s 8 wicket haul against PNG was the other highlight of Austrlian side. He has taken a tally of 10 wickets, including that 8 for 35 in 4 innings. He might play a big role once again.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Manjot Kalra
- Prithvi Shaw
- Shubman Gill
- Abhishek Sharma
- Shivam Singh
- Ishan Porel
Wild Card Pick – Anukul Roy
- Jason Sangha
- Jack Edwards
- Param Uppal
- Jonathan Merlo
- Will Sutherland
- Zak Evans
Wild Card Pick – Lloyd Pope
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Prithvi Shaw, 2. Manjot Kalra, 3. Shubman Gill, 4. Harvik Desai, 5. Riyan Parag / Himanshu Rana, 6. Abhishek Sharma, 7. Anukul Roy, 8. Shivam Mavi, 9. Shiva Singh, 10. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, 11. Ishan Porel.
1. Jack Edwards, 2. Max Bryant / Austin Waugh, 3. Jason Sangha, 4. Param Uppal, 5. Jonathan Merlo, 6. Nathan McSweeney, 7. Baxter Holt, 8. Will Sutherland, 9. Zak Evans, 10. Ryan Hadley / Xavier Bartlett, 11. Lloyd Pope.
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