Team India on Tuesday defeated Pakistan after setting a target of 273 runs in the second U-19 World Cup semi-final match. The match was being played at Christ Church’s Hagley Oval cricket ground in New Zealand. The Indian team defeated Pakistan by 203 runs and will now take on Australia in the finals of the World Cup, which is scheduled to take place on February 3.
India's Shubman Gill stood out amongst the batters and scored 102 runs in 94 balls, taking the team's score too well past 250. Gill was also awarded the title of Player of the Match for his fantastic 102*.
For three-time champions India, seamer Ishan Porel grabbed four wickets for 17 runs while spinners Shiva Singh and Riyan Parag took two wickets apiece to rock the Pakistan run chase.
Pakistan was reduced to 20 for 3 in the eighth over with Porel removing their top three batsmen and they could not recover from there under a relentless attack from an Indian pace battery and a spin troika. Only three Pakistani players could reach double-digit scores with Rohail Nazir hitting 18
This is the ninth time a match is being held between the two countries at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.
Moments after the victory, Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter and wrote, "Top Inn by our own lad #shubmanGill in U-19 India vs Pakistan World Cup semi final..so proud of you..keep going guys.. Cup Jeet kar aana hai.. All the best for the finals #Rahuldravid👏👏👌 one more game guys"
Earlier, both openers, skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra provided a solid start after the men in blue won the toss and elected to bat first. Both had shared a partnership of 89 runs before the skipper was run out for 41. Following the skipper's dismissal, Kalra also departed and India was 94/2.
Earlier, India coach Rahul Dravid had said a match against Pakistan could be a good learning curve for the players. News agency ANI quoted Dravid saying,
"It's exciting to play an India-Pakistan game because under-19 cricket is all about experiences, about giving them different learning environs. The last couple of years we haven't had a chance to play Pakistan at any level, so it's really nice that it has panned out the way it has.”
India: 272 for 9 in 50 overs (Shubman Gill 102 not out; Muhammad Musa 4/67).
Pakistan: 69 all out in 29.3 overs (Rohail Nazir 18; Ishan Porel 4/17, Shiva Singh 2/20, Riyan Parag 2/6).