India U19 vs Bangladesh U19, ACC U19 Asia Cup 2021-22 Semi-Final: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, Pitch Report

It will take on defending champions Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the Under-19 Asia Cup 2021-22 between former champions India Under-19 on Thursday, December 30. The much-awaited encounter will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah and will start at 11:00 PM IST.

The Boys in Blue finished second in Group A after winning two out of three matches and scoring four points to reach the semi-finals. Although the team entered this crucial clash after securing a four-wicket win against Afghanistan Under-19s, they suffered a two-wicket defeat against Pakistan Under-19s in the league stage. However, apart from making it to the final, India will be hoping to avenge the loss to the same opponents in the Under-19 World Cup final.

On the other hand, an undefeated Bangladeshi team will look to increase their pace and make it to the final. They are leading the match with five points from two wins and one draw. Their last league stage match against Sri Lanka, which was to decide the group winners and runners-up, was called off on Tuesday in Sharjah after an umpire tested positive for COVID-19. Barring their canceled match, the Rakibul Hasan-led side won both their matches against Kuwait and Nepal by 222 and 154 runs respectively.

Before the clash, we take a look at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium’s pitch record.

Pitch Report:

The Sharjah Cricket Stadium pitch has been a high scoring venue, so there is no room for error for the bowlers. While there should be some swing available for the fast bowlers in the opening round, the batsmen will enjoy the conditions in the middle. The spinners can get some help on the surface in the middle overs, which will make the match in between. The team winning the toss would ideally try to bat first, with a good score of 270.

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