U19 world cup final - Pakistan innings notes..

Pakistan won the toss and given the batting conditions under the lights, electing to bat was a no-brainer. India had Mohnish Parmar, the off-spinner as their super-sub, so obviously they wanted to bat as well. YoMahesh and Gaurav Dhiman (that came as a surprise given what Abu did in the semi-final) started the proceedings for India. Pakistan was off to a mini flyer (24/0 in 3 overs) and the first bowling change (Abu replacing Dhiman) came in as early as in the fourth over. Shukla resorted to spin in the fifth over and brought on the left-arm spin of Ravinder Jadeja. Jadeja stuck immediately sending back Nasir and Ibrahim in his first over (25/2).

Shukla might not have done well with the bat in this tournament but he sure has captained well. He kept ringing in changes and each change paid dividends. YoMahesh was brought back into the attack and he sent back Ali Khan in the 10th over (3/39). After that it was a Piyush show as the young leggie completely mesmerized the Pakistan batsmen. He dismissed both the heroes of the semi-final, Ali Asad and Riaz Kail with two perfect googlies, the second one more perfect than the first (49/5).

Mohnish was subbed-in in the 21st over for Ahmed, who had bowled decently till then. The change worked and the Muralitharan clone drew Sarfaraz, the Pakistan skipper out of his crease with a doosra and Pinal Shah did the rest (78/6). Rohit Sharma then joined the wicket-taking act by sending back Rameez, the top-scorer (93/7). The tail enders took the total past 100 before Piyush decided he had enough and polished off the tail (109 all out). Chawla ended up with figures of 4 for 8 off 8.1 overs, the best figures in under-19 world cup finals (until Anwar broke it later in the game). Jadeja didn't do badly either and he finished with 3/16 in his 8.

All in all, a very good disciplined bowling performance backed by some shrewd captaincy and sharp fielding. At that stage, little did they know what Anwar and Co. had in store for them.

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