Queenstown: As luck would have it India will face archrivals Pakistan in the second semi-finals of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018.
India quite effortlessly marched past Bangladesh in their quarter-finals 4 tie at Queenstown by 131 runs. It was once again India’s bowling that came to their rescue. Abhishek Sharma, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi pegged their opponents to surrender.
Bangladesh chasing a stiff target of 265 runs, started poorly. They lost Mohammad Naim for 12 in the eight over. Pinak Ghosh along with skipper Saif Hassan steadied a rocky ship. Ghosh took upon himself and blunted a charged up Indian attack.
It was then Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who rose to the occasion and snapped Saif for 12. With his wicket the floodgates opened, Towhid Hridoy and Animul Islam were run out for 9 and 3 respectively.
Mavi came into the attack and scalped a fidgety looking Mahidul Islam Ankon for 10. After contributing with the runs, Abhishek Sharma scalped a wicket on his first-ball, getting Qazi Onik for 0.
Abhishek continued to stangle Bangladeshi batsmen. He was soon awarded with second wicket of Afif Hossain. Hossain looking at the steeping run-rate came down the track only to hold out at long on for 18.
Nagarkoti came back and picked his second wicket in Hasan Mahmud for 0. He picked his third and final wicket of the Bangladesh innings as well, rattling Nayeem’s stumps. Bangladesh thus were bowled out for 134, and hand India a 131 run victory.
Batting first, India lost Manjot Kalra for 9 to Robiul Haque. It was yet again, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill, who lead from the front for India. Gill in particular, took charge of the situation and batted with aggression. Shaw kept on playing his normal best.
They soon took India past 100-run mark. Shaw looked good for another fifty but perished for 44 against Qazi Onik. Harvik Desai came out in the middle with clear content. He along with Gill added 74 runs for the third wicket.
Gill dropped on 49, soon recorded his second consecutive fifty; third in the tournament. In a rush to hit big, Gill gave his wicket for 86 to Nayeem Hasan. Nayeem was quick to get his second in Desai (34).
It was then the Abhishek show for India. With constant fall of wickets on the other end, Abhishek displayed his big-hitting skills to perfection. He slammed a 49-ball 50 inclusive of 6 fours, to guide India past 250.
Bangladesh bowlers Onik and Saif claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively as India closed their innings on 264 in 49.2 overs.