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Unmukt admits to nervousness after win

Press Trust Of India
Aug 20, 2012 at 03:35pm IST

Townsville: The India-Pakistan games over the years have been tense and India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand did admit that he was very "nervous" and "shivering" till the last wicket pair of Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma guided India to a one-wicket victory.

"I was very nervous, I had goose bumps. I am still shivering. I think both the teams played well. It's always good to play against Pakistan. They were competitive," Unmukt said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The skipper was all praise for Man-of-the-Match Baba Aparajith for his all-round performance.

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India beat Pakistan by one wicket in an ICC Under-19 World Cup thriller to set up a semi-final clash with New Zealand.

"He played well. It was his day today. He took four catches and then got their main batsman out. Had he finished unbeaten in his knock, it would been even better," Unmukt lavished praise on his team-mate.

India were chasing a small target of 137 but crossed the finish line with just one wicket in hand. Unmukt said he felt pressure as match could have gone in favour of either side. The Indian captain said the rollicking start provided by the pacers, set the tone for the match.

"It was a good start for us. Sandeep bowled well and Ravikant and Passi were equally good. Fielding was also top notch," he said.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who scored a fighting half century, admitted that they made mistakes.

"We tried our best. Sandeep was good. We made mistakes and that's why we lost," he said.

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