U19 World Cup: India faces Nepal in the final Super Six match, eager to secure a place in the semi-finals

Bloemfontein, February 1: India will be keen to make their entry into the semi-finals spectacular when they face struggling Nepal in their final Group 1 Super Six match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup here on Friday.

The top two teams from the two Super Six groups will advance to the semi-finals of this marquee event.

Pakistan (+1.06) are on top with six points, but India (+3.32) are in the top spot due to better net run rate.

The tournament favourites, led by Uday Saharan, are yet to taste defeat in the tournament, and Nepal are unlikely to field this powerful side.

India's dominance is visible even in statistics. They top Group 1 with an all-win record and six points, while Nepal are yet to win.

Musheer Khan, younger brother of Mumbai's illustrious batsman Sarfaraz, leads the batting charts with 325 runs at an average of over 81 with two centuries and his latest burst came against New Zealand on January 30.

Thanks to Musheer's inning of 131 runs in 126 balls, India registered a spectacular 214-run victory over the Kiwis in their first Super Six match.

After this, Soumya Kumar Pandey wreaked havoc on the New Zealand team by taking four wickets.

The left-arm spinner (12 wickets) now shares the top position in the bowling table with Pakistan's Ubaid Shah and South Africa's Kwena Mafaka.

However, India's team has much more depth than those two obvious stars.

Captain Saharan, wicketkeeper-batsman Aravali Avneesh and explosive all-rounder Arshin Kulkarni have also made their presence felt at the event on various occasions.

The young stars will be keen to end their Super Six fixtures on a high note, and travel to Benoni for the last four matches with confidence.

Opener Adarsh ​​Singh struggled a bit to score runs consistently, but his 52-run innings against New Zealand, his second half-century here, must have filled him with confidence.

Left-arm fast bowler Naman Tiwary, who has effectively controlled the run-flow in the power play section, could be a tough presence for Nepal's top-order batsmen.

However, it would be foolish to ignore Nepal, who had a thrilling win over Afghanistan in the opening round as the team from the Himalayan foothills has the potential to surprise the powers that be on their day.

Captain Dev Khanal (58) and medium pacer Akash Chand (5/34) were the stars of that win and will be hoping to make a mark once again. India, on the other hand, will try to avoid any mishaps and take a safe route into the semi-finals.

Teams (from):

India U19: Uday Saharan (captain), Arshin Kulkarni, Adarsh ​​Singh, Rudra Mayur Patel, Sachin Dhas, Priyanshu Molia, Musheer Khan, Aravelli Avnish Rao, Soumya Kumar Pandey, Murugan Abhishek, Inesh Mahajan, Dhanush Gowda, Aaradhya Shukla, Raj Limbani. And Naman Tiwari.

Nepal U19: Dev Khanal (captain), Arjun Kumal, Akash Tripathi, Deepak Prasad Dumre, Durgesh Gupta, Gulshan Kumar Jha, Dipesh Prasad Kandel, Bishal Bikram KC, Subhash Bhandari, Deepak Bohra, Deepak Bohra, Uttam Rangu Thapa Machar, Bipin Rawal. , Tilak Raj Bhandari, Akash Chand.

The match will start at 1.30 pm Indian time. (PTI)

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