Defending Champs knocked out of U-19 WC

Its been a unlucky show for the Indians when they defend any cup. Yes, Dhoni and Co couldn’t defend their T20 world cup title in England getting thrashed out in the Quarter Finals.

It has been the same story in the Under 19 World Cup in the New Zealand this Summer.

The defending champs, India got off to a superb start in this tournament beating Afghanistan and almost beating England.

This team is no where compared to Kohli’s brave hearts who deserved and won the cup in Malaysia.Kohli’s team was all the way in 2008 like Dhoni’s T20 eleven.

But,eh…the match with the arch rivals Pakistan was a great down to the wire game where the Greens knocked India out and clinched victory.

With overnight rain in the Lincoln cricket ground, the 50 over game was drastically reduced to a 23 over making it almost a T20 game, but neither of both teams change gears. Both the neighbors played is as same as a 50 over game.

The Indians managed just 114 runs giving away 9 wickets in the process. In reply the Pakis managed the total with just 3 balls to spare. Hats off to some great contributions.

Indian bowling was out of words, i mean excellent in the first 10 overs. It looked to me that they will win the World Cup with this superb bowling attack.

The Pakistanis were 16 with the collapse of three wickets until Ahsan Ali brought them back into the match with a 45-ball 30 before being run-out by Jaydev Unadkat.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals but Pakistan kept themselves in the hunt with some brisk scoring.

Rameez Aziz (28) and Hammad Azam (21 not out) turned out to be the heroes for Pakistan as they found the boundaries and sixes when it mattered the most.

Most of the match, the run rate was below 6 run a over so it looked a cake walk after the Pakistani boys settled.

Indeed it is an important win for Pakistan which takes them to the Semi Finals against the West Indians.

The system of quarter finals was like a knock out cup. You lose a match by just a ball or a valuable run, you’re out of this tournament. Thats it!

This system looks interesting especially to squeeze a world cup in short time. But it won’t benefit teams.


About Adithya Ramesh

Yo people. This is Adithya. A student who loves what he does. Has passion for Cricket and is a die hard SRT fan. Loves to photograph and is a travel freak

Posted on January 23, 2010, in india, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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