Afghanistan U-19 and Nepal U-19 teams victories over Pakistan and India in the ongoing ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Malaysia has opened up both the groups in terms of standings in the points table.
Now, it has come to the situation that on the final day of group match action, Afghanistan, Nepal and India are in a must win scenarios to claim a spot in the semi-finals.
India U-19 will take on Bangladesh U-19 in their final game. Bangladesh have notched up 2 victories so far and with a big margin victory over Malaysia U-19, their net run-rate should see them through to semis if they do not lose badly against India. India, however, have no other option other than a win to see if they go through on points or net run-rate. A win for Bangladesh though, will see India getting knocked out of the competition.
Nepal U-19 from the same group go against Malaysia U-19 and are in a similar situation to book a place in the semis either with points or net run-rate but have no other option than winning the match. After their record-breaking performance the other day, Nepali boys will be beaming with confidence to take their team through to the semis.
However, if India lose their match, then a win only will see Nepal qualify for the semis.
The situation is lot different for both Afghanistan U-19 and UAE U-19, who face each other in their final group match. A win for Afghanistan will see them through to the semis but a UAE win will end up seeing Afghanistan knocked out of the competition. Pakistan U-19 notched up their 2nd victory against Sri Lanka U-19 and are almost guaranteed a semifinal spot if Afghanistan does not manage to beat UAE convincingly tomorrow.
Sri Lanka U-19 have finished their campaign with 2 win out of 3 matches and now await the result of the Afghanistan & UAE match and will be hoping that UAE somehow manage to upset the young blue tigers.
ACC U-19 Asia Cup Points Table: