India takes on Papua New Guinea in their second game of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018. Three-time champions India are placed in Group B and they will eye to secure knockout berth when they meet minnows PNG. The two teams will lock horns at Bay Oval. The IND U19 vs PNG U19 match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1/HD. The free live streaming of the match will be available on HotStar. Also Read - Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea Dream11 Team Prediction ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier FINAL: Captain And Vice Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips NED vs PNG FINAL at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 9:00 PM IST
India will be high on confidence when they take on PNG, as the Men in Blue began the tournament on a rousing note, inflicting a 100-run defeat on a well-knit Australian team. Also Read - Papua New Guinea qualify for 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, Ireland On Brink
With Zimbabwe being the other team in the group, India, with the kind of form they displayed in the sound thrashing of Australia, are expected to progress to knockouts without breaking a sweat. Also Read - Dream11 Team Prediction Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea: Captain and Vice Captain For Today Match 27, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Between NED vs PNG at Dubai 11:30 AM IST October 24
From the moment India captain Prithvi Shaw won the toss and chose to bat, their opening game went almost exactly to plan, and the script is likely to remain the same at Bay Oval.
The likes of Shaw, his opening partner Manjot Kalra, and Shubham Gill with the bat along with the pace duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti could prove to be more than a handful for the Oceanian country.
Eager to prove themselves after their disastrous showing in the Asia Cup, India signalled their intentions first up with a thumping win over a very strong Australian side.
Papua New Guinea have qualified for their eighth World Cup after remaining undefeated in the East Asia Pacific Qualifier in Samoa.
PNG’s last appearance in the World Cup came in 2014 in the United Arab Emirates.
They would be keen to make an impression and show their fighting abilities.
India may be superior in all departments, but they are well aware of PNG’s willingness to make the most of this appearance, and the Rahul Dravid-coached side would look to guard against complacency.
India have been one of the most successful teams in the history of U-19 World Cups, with three titles and two runner-up finishes.
The side finished runners-up in the previous edition in 2016, losing to the West Indies in the title clash, and while a final berth looks realistic enough, a stumble at the last hurdle is what they are looking to avoid this time around.
In another match in Whangarei, Pakistan will square off against Ireland in a Group D clash.
India: Prithvi Shaw (C), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh.
Papua New Guinea: Sema Kamea (C), Eisa Eka, James Tau, Tau Toa Nou, Nou Rarua, Igo Mahuru, Simon Atai, Leke Morea, Vagi Karaho, Kevau Tau, Heagi Toua, Daure Aiga, Ovia Sam, Sinaka Arua, Boge Arua. (With PTI inputs)