The Under-19 ODI World Cup final between India and England will be played today. Both the teams have made it to the finals without losing a single game.
The Indian team will take to the field on Saturday to win the title for the record fifth time in the finals to win the title. For this, the Indian team will have to demolish the challenge of England, which is desperate to become champion for the second time after 1998. Both the teams have not lost any match in this tournament so far.
In this important match, all eyes will be on Indian captain Yash Dhull and England captain Tom Priest, who is just one victory away from registering a name in history. India has played 49 matches with the England team in total. In which the Indian team won a total of 37 matches, lost 11 and one remained inconclusive.
Captains close to making history
Tom Priest (England): The tournament has been going well so far for Tom Priest who plays at number three for England. He is the highest run-scorer for England in the tournament. He is adept at scoring runs at a fast pace and playing long shots.
Yash Dhull (India): Yash is the backbone of Indian batting. The special thing about Yash, who plays at number four, is to rotate the strike rate continuously. He moves the innings slowly and then can score runs at a fast pace.
Face off: First match after 2019
The first match will be played between India and England after 9th August 2019. The last time the two teams met was during the 3-nation tri-series played in England in which England won by 8 wickets. But if we look at the last 5 matches, then India has the upper hand. India has won three while England has won two matches.
Guru Mantra to the team
Former captain Virat Kohli on Friday had a virtual talk with the players of the Indian Under-19 team and gave them guru mantras for the final. Under Kohli’s command, the Indian Under-19 team won the World Cup in 2008. The Board Secretary Shah and the Chief Coach of the Under-19 team, Laxman had urged Kohli to talk to the Young Players Association.
These players can prove to be trump cards
George Thomas (Opener) of England has scored 177 runs and 2 half-centuries in 5 matches. Thomas, who scored a half-century in the semi-final against Afghanistan, will be responsible for giving a good start.
England’s Boyden (Pacer) has taken 13 wickets for the England team. Left-arm pacer Boyden can prove to be fatal with the new ball, his balls have a balance of speed and swing.
Indian team batsman Sheikh Rashid has scored 151 runs in 3 matches and scored a half-century. Rashid, who played brilliant innings of 94 against Australia, will be expected to score again.
Indian spinner Vicky Ostwal has taken 12 wickets for India. Vicky, who has been continuously spreading the magic of spin in the tournament, is an expert in taking wickets in the middle order overs.