Pakistan U19 will meet Sri Lanka U19 in the first semifinal of the ACC U19 Asian Cup 2021. ICC Academy Ground in Dubai will host this exciting competition.
Pakistan U19 took first place in Group A with six points. They beat the UAE 19 in their last game in the group and secured a place in the semi-finals. The first striker, Pakistan placed 219 on the board, losing eight wickets. Skipper Qasim Akram scored fifty.
The bowlers then stepped up and boosted their hitters by choosing a wicket at regular intervals to limit the hosts to 198, winning the game with 21 runs. They hope to repeat their performance in the knockout phase of the competition.
Sri Lanka U19, meanwhile, finished second in the table. They won the first two games, but their last group game against Bangladesh U19 was canceled for fear of COVID-19. Two match officials were positive and the match was canceled.
The Lankas have excelled in competition so far. They defeated Kuwait comprehensively in their first match, and after that they beat Nepal. They placed 322 on the board against Nepal and knocked down the Nepalese side with 262 and won the match by 60 runes. They have to be on their feet as they face Pakistan in the first semi-final.
Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 Match Details:
Match: Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19, Semifinals 1, U19 Asian Cup 2021.
Date and time: 30 December 2021, Thursday, 11:00 IST
Venue: ICC Academy Ground, Dubai
Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 Pitch Report
The terrain at ICC Academy Ground is a balanced track. The new ball comes nicely on the stick and the batsmen are free to play their shots, once placed. Spinners will play a major role when bowling on this surface as the ball tends to stay on the surface a bit as the game progresses.
Pakistan U19 – Sri Lanka U19 Weather Forecast
The temperature in Dubai is expected to be between 19 and 26 degrees Celsius. It will stay moist throughout the day.
Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 Probable XIs
Qasim Akram was the top scorer of his team with 50, while they scored 219 on the board against the UAE. Akram then picked up three wickets and got good support from the other bowlers as they successfully defended the overall score.
Abdul Wahid, Maaz Sadaqat, Muhammad Shehzad, Abdul Faseeh, Qasim Akram (c), Haseebullah (wk), Irfan Khan, Ahmad Khan, Mehran Mumtaz, Faisal Akram, Mohammad Zeeshan
Sri Lanka U19
Against the backdrop of brilliant centuries by Chamindu Wickramasinghe (111) and Sadisha Rajapaksa (131), Sri Lanka has declared 322 against Nepal. Matheesha Pathirana and Raveen de Silva picked up three wickets each as they knocked Nepal down to 262, winning the overall result by 60 runs.
Chamindu Wickramasinghe, Shevon Daniel, Sadisha Rajapaksa, Pawan Pathiraja, Ranuda Somarathne, Dunith Wellalage (c), Yasiru Rodrigo, Anjala Bandara (wk), Raveen de Silva, Matheesha Pathirana, Wanuja Sahan
Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 Match Prediction
Both sides are undefeated in the competition so far, and the first semifinal clash promises to be difficult. Both sides have fired in unison so far and will look to do the same on Thursday.
Pakistan U19 has a good balance on its side — expect it to come out on top on Thursday.
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Prediction: Pakistan U19 will win this match.
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