Dubai: Defending International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup champions India can take another step towards retaining their crown when they take on England in a quarter-final match in Dubai on Saturday.
Skipper Vijay Zol’s side will be desperate for victory in the 50-overs-per-side clash at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, not least because it could set up a semi-final clash with arch-rivals Pakistan, who take on Sri Lanka in the day’s other last-eight match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Zol said: “It doesn’t matter that we’re playing England in the quarter-finals. We have set our standards in all the three departments — batting, bowling and fielding — so we’d like to live up to our standards. [Spin bowler] Kuldeep Yadav has been our main weapon for the last one year now, he has done well in all the tournaments, including our three World Cup matches so far.”
England skipper Will Rhodes added: “We’re really excited about playing India as they are the defending champions and we have played some good cricket in the tournament so far. We’re feeling confident.”
Pakistan skipper Sami Aslam knows Sri Lanka are a formidable team and his players will have to rise to the challenge. “Sri Lanka have been playing well so far. They beat England, New Zealand and the UAE in their group matches, so I think it will be a good game and we will try to give our best.”
Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis said: “Pakistan are a good team and have a good top-order line-up, including their captain. We got good confidence after beating England and New Zealand as both are very good sides.”
Saturday’s matches (all start at 9.30am)
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium;
India v England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Ninth place play-off quarter-finals:
Bangladesh v Canada at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Zimbabwe v Namibia at Abu Dhabi Oval 2