New Delhi: India has thumped Pakistan by 203 runs in the ICC U-19 World Cupsemi-final match, being played at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval cricket ground. Putting an all-around clinical performance Indian colts march ahead in the finals to take on Australia. This was pegged as another India vs Pakistangala cricketing event but it was just a fizzle. 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, spinners took the stride forward and added pressure to already struggling Pakistan team. In the end, the U-19 Pakistan 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 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. (ICC U-19 World Cup: Twitterati lauds Rahul Dravid’s boys after thumping win over Pakistan to seal final berth)
The three-time champion Indian team has scripted a fashionable road till the semis which included their emphatic win over Bangladesh in the quarters. On the other hand, their Asian rivals have lost just one en route to their semis. Heading into the semis clash, India overcame Bangladesh hurdle by a massive 131 runs.