Hyderabad: India U19 continued it’s dominant form in the ongoing U19 World Cup as they beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in the semi-final at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
Fondly known as the Mother of all clashes, The India-Pakistan is one cracker of a cricket match, every time these two teams play against each other, irrespective of the tournament. Both the teams were in their zone before the all-important clash to finale as Rohail Nazir, the Pakistan skipper was confident of handling the situation better this time around as he had the 2018 scenes fresh in his mind.
The coin fell in Pakistan’s favour as they decided to bat first. Their top-order Batsmen, Haider Ali was in red-hot form coming into the semis. India although struck early with Sushant Mishra sending Huraira back for 4. Fahad Munir’s resistance too came to an end when Ankolekar scalped his wicket for 0. Skipper Rohail Nazir came into bat and took control over the situation alongside Pakistan’s mainstay Haider Ali. The duo together stitched a valuable 62 run-partnership until Haider Ali cut one straight to Ravi Bishnoi off Yashasvi Jaiswal.
This was followed by a huge goof-up between Nazir and Qasim Akram which led to the run-out of Akram. Rohail Nazir showed some resistance in the middle until Sushant Mishra and Karthik Tyagi ran-through the tail, winding Pakistan up for 172.
With a target of 173 to chase and qualify for the finals, Indian openers Divyansh Saxena and Yashasvi Jaiswal started off in style as the duo played sensible cricket, and did not leave any room for mistakes. The duo kept rotating the strike and deposited the bad balls to the boundary lines as India slowly were cruising towards the target.
The Pakistani bowlers had no clue of the proceedings as Yashasvi Jaiswal continued his fine form and brought up his 14th fifty in Youth ODIs. Divyansh Saxena played the supporting role and then got to his fifty as well. Jaiswal, on the other hand, put his foot on the accelerator and kept hitting the boundaries.
He then went on to repeat the 2018 scene by scoring a hundred against Pakistan in the semi-final. It was Shubman Gill in the 2018 U19 World Cup who scored a hundred against Pakistan.
This meant only one thing. India yet again got the better off Pakistan in the World cups. This time bettering their head to head record to 5-5 in the U19 World Cups.
It was a completely one-sided battle that India comfortably won by 10 wickets and qualified for the final. The defending champions will now face either New Zealand or Bangladesh in the finals of the tournament.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 105* with the bat and the price wicket of Haider Ali with the ball.