Pakistan will treat the U19 World Cup semifinal against India as 'normal game'
BENONI: Pakistan will deal with the last episode of its length Cricket rivalry with India's neighbors as a normal game, hitter Mohammad Huraira said Friday before his U19 World Cup semifinal.
Huraira hit 64 of 76 balls on Friday when Pakistan comfortably chased 190 to beat Afghanistan in the quarterfinals of the youth tournament.
The following is a clash against India in Potchefstroom on Tuesday with a place in the final at stake.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan has always been there, Huraira said.
There will be a little more pressure, but we will get used to it. Myself, if I play, I will try to play it as a normal game, and we look forward to it.
India are the defending champions and have captured the U19 title four times.
Pakistan were consecutive champions in 2004 and 2006.
They beat India in the 2006 final in Colombo, where they defeated their rivals by only 71 chasing a modest goal of 109.
On Friday, Pakistan achieved victory with 53 balls to spare in Benoni, but the Huraira tickets came to a controversial end, being 'Mankaded' by Afghanistan bowling player Noor Ahmad.
Afghan captain Farhan Zakhil admitted after the eventual defeat of his team's six wickets that they might not have resorted to tactics if they had been in a better position.
At that time, we realized that we do something different to generate pressure on Pakistan, Zakhil told cricinfo.com. To be honest, I was not in the spirit of the game.
But Huraira admitted that he was to blame for leaving his fold.
I should have been in the fold, and I will learn from the mistake. I'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
India reached the semifinals with a 74-run victory over Australia on Tuesday, keeping its perfect record in the tournament having won its three group games.
The second semifinal presents Bangladesh against New Zealand, also in Potchefstroom, on Thursday.