ICC U-19 India

New Delhi: India has crushed Pakistan by 203 runs in the U-19 World Cup semi-final match, that was being played at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval cricket ground. Putting an all-around clinical performance Indian walks ahead in the finals to take on Australia. After India U-19 set a target of 273 runs, Pakistan struggled from the beginning as pacer Ishan Porel derailed the chase taking first four wickets to reduce them 28 for 4. Later on, pinners took the stride forward and added pressure to already struggling Pakistan team. In the end, the U-19 Pak team could only manage 69 runs on board as they were skittled out.

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. India’s Shubman Gill stood out amongst the batters and scored 102 runs in 94 balls, taking the team’s score to well past 250. After a brief stability, the men in blue again suffered a mini-collapse in the middle overs, when Harvik Desai, Riyan Parag and Abhishek Sharma departed in quick succession, leaving the team tottering at 166/5. However, Gill, along with lower-order batsmen, brought the team back on track and India finally summed up the inning at 272/9.

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