Pakistan, the U19 champions .. again

In my post just after the dinner break, I said that unless Prasad served the remaining batsmen some magic potion, Pakistan would win the game in a canter. Well, Piyush Chawla attempted to do a Harry Potter and pull off the inevitable, but none of the others could play a Ron or a Hermione. Pinal Shah, the wicket-keeper (who hit a 217* against Saurashtra, opening for Baroda earlier this year in the Ranji Trophy) flattered a bit to deceive in the end. Once he was out, Piyush failed to shield No.10 and No.11 and Akhtar finished off the tail in style. India was clearly the best all-round team in the tournament and played some really good cricket except for that 20 minute period before dinner in the final. And those 20 minutes made all the difference in the end.

It is just amazing how Pakistan keeps producing these fast bowlers. No one gave them a chance after being bundled out for 109, but the best bowling side in the tournament had other ideas.

I'll have a couple of posts on both the innings a bit later in the day. Office (yeah, I know it is a sunday and it sucks - but that stuff pays my bills) beckons for now.

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