U19 world cup final - Indian innings notes
The first delivery of the innings was just about short and just outside off, Dhiman played the cut onto his stumps and with that the procession began. Rohit Sharma came in next and played out the remaining deliveries in the testing first over (including a good straight drive past the bowler for a boundary). Anwar Ali then bowled one of the most amazing overs in international cricket, seen in recent times - N, W, N1, N, dot, W, dot, W. It was a 5 ball over (thanks to a rare umpiring mistake) which had 3 no balls and 3 wickets - each delivery swinging more appreciably than the other. Pujara was Anwar's first victim, beaten by the swing and caught infront (may be marginally outside off, but his luck had to run out at some point in the tournament and today was that day). Rohit Sharma then played one of the stupidest leaves you could see to another of those appreciably swinging deliveries, only to have the furniture behind him get disturbed. Mayank walked in next, defended the first ball and then tried to play an expansive drive down the wrong line off the next, only to miss it completely and get bowled.
At the other end, Jamshed produced the ball of the innings, you may call that a "wasim akram special", a pacy inswinger that moved just enough to beat the left-handed Indian captain, whose wretched form continued (8/5). If this wasn't enough, Anwar picked up the wicket of Bengal's Debabrata Das in the next over (appealed for both lbw and c&b - was given c&b) and reduced India to a pathetic score of 9/6 at the dinner break.
After the break, Jadeja fell gloving a bouncer to lone slip fielder. Piyush and Pinal then played some good intelligent cricket and stitched together a meaningful partnership. Both of them came into the tourney with the confidence of a good individual debut Ranji season (Piyush helped Uttar Pradesh win the cup and Pinal scored a double ton for Baroda). As they inched their way past 50, the fielding started to wilt and the pressure began to show on the fielders. Each misfield was followed by some nasty glares and a mouthful of expletives from the captain. Pinal was dropped at first slip, but he couldn't cash in on the reprieve and fell trying to fend a snorter off Akhtar.After Pinal fell with the score at 62, the tail folded meekly. Akhtar Ayub cleaned up the tail and Pakistan won by 38 runs (a fairly large margin given the total that they put up). Piyush was left stranded with a well compiled 25.
In the last world cup, India were on a roll until they ran into Pakistan in the semi-finals. This time around they were again the best team in the tournament except for those 20 minutes before dinner. Hopefully, the next time they wouldnt have to meet Pakistan at all in the semi-finals and finals.
Labels: Anwar Ali Khan, Cheteswar Pujara, Debabrata Das, Gaurav Dhiman, India Under-19, Jamshed Ahmed, Mayank Tehlan, Piyush Chawla, Ravikanth Shukla, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Under-19 World Cup 2006