Indian will take on Bangladesh in the fourth quarter-final of the ICC U19 World Cup. The team winning in the quarter-final will be contesting against Pakistan in the semi-final game in Christchurch.
India has been in a terrific performance in the Group B tournaments. It even made a remarkable 100 runs win over the arch-rivals Australia in the very first game of the tournament. The winning stint continued with the Indian U19 team put up a 10 wicket over Zimbabwe and PNG. At present team seems to go in an incredible form but there is still scope for more.
Bangladesh is a team that is coming from a victory over Namibia in the opening game and after handing a 66 run defeat to Canada in the following game. But if we look at the stats, Bangladesh has lost twice against Afghanistan once in the warm-up match and second in the U19 Asia Cup. Also, in their game against England in the ICC U19 World Cup, the team lost by 7 wickets with 20 overs to spare.
Players to Watch
Prithvi Shaw (India)
Indian Captain is leading team impressively and his score of 94 and 57* in the first two games have been exactly what needed from him. In the third game, the decision was made to give other batsmen a chance over Shaw and he was dropped down the order to make way for Shubman Gill. Shaw has been compared to Sachin Tendulkar for his first-class career performance in which he hit 5 centuries from nine games.
Afif Hossain (Bangladesh)
Hossain has been the star performer for the team so far. The left-hand bat and right-arm off-spinner, he performed well with his bat and ball against Canada with scoring 50 and 5/43 to make a place for the team in the Super League. He also played an impressive inning of 63 against England. Against India, Bangladesh will be depending on him.
India: Prithvi Shaw (c), Shubman Gill, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Shiva Singh, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi
Bangladesh: Saif Hassan (c), Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Rakib, Aminul Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Pinak Ghosh, Qazi Onik, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Nayeem Hasan, Robiul Hoque, Tipu Sultan, Towhid Hridoy, Roni Hossein, Shakil Hossain
Head to head
Since 2000, India has won 13 games out of 15 played with Bangladesh, even though the teams have clashed only thrice in Under 19 Cricket World Cups. In these games, India is leading with 2-1. This is going to a close match between the team but looking at the form factor so far, India has an edge over Bangladesh.