February 19, 2018

U-19 WC semis: India beat Pakistan by 203 runs

30 January 2018, 11:48 | Christie Tate

ICC U-19 World Cup, Preview: In a battle of nerves, India hold the edge over Pakistan

Prithvi Shaw

India produced an outstanding all-round performance to book their place in the final of the International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 World Cup final by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 203 runs in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Soon after, Manjot was dismissed for 47. Shaheen Afridi is the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan U19 and Indian batsmen need to be wary of not giving him early wickets. Rohit himself had been a part of an U-19 World Cup final in 2006 where they lost to Pakistan in the final.

In previous seven Semi-Finals, Pakistan sealed victories five times in 1988 (Australia), 2004 (Bangladesh), 2006 (Sri Lanka), 2010 (New Zealand) and 2014 (United Arab Emirates) while they had to suffer defeats twice in 2000 (Sri Lanka) and 2008 (Malaysia). The feat was achieved largely due to a brilliant century by middle-order batsman Shubman Gill. It was Shubman Gill's unbeaten 102 that set the tone for India.

After a great tournament opener, there was no looking back for Gill as he continued to score fluently and got runs under his belt helping his team brush aside their opponents easily. He was associated in a couple of half-century stands. Gill eventually crossed the three-figure mark in the last over to power his side to a defendable total. Indian bowlers bowled well as a unit and Ishan Porel picked up 4/17.

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BCCI also took to twitter "Well played #IndiaU19".

Ultimately, it was far more than that as Porel took three wickets in his first four overs to reduce Pakistan to 20-3 and when he claimed his fourth at the start of the 12th over, Pakistan crumbled.

Shiva Singh and Riyan Parag chipped in with 2 wickets each. So whichever way the final goes, a team will edge the other with most U-19 World Cup titles.

Another young cricketer from Punjab, Abhishek Sharma, later relished the winning moment in the match.

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