In the high voltage Semi-final tussle of World Under-19 tournament at Christchurch, India marked a phenomenal victory of 203 runs over Pakistan. Thumping the win, India sealed the final berth to campaign against Australia. The match ended in a highly unprecedented note when Pakistan’s batting ensemble went completely haywire grappling under India’s outstanding attack. The team could sustain only 29.3 overs to score 69 runs chasing a target of 273 runs. Apart from Shubman Gill, who shined with an unbeaten knock of 102 runs of 94 balls, Ishan Porel emerged as the spearhead attack taking down 4 wickets in the next inning.
Pakistan was slackened not only in bowling department, but also in fielding, which was quite apparent since the beginning of the match. India, electing to bat first, put up the partnership of 89 runs in the opening stretch of 15.3 overs. Still, there was a strong attack from Pakistan after they dismantled the opening stand. There were several missed opportunities for the team, which they could not reap a full advantage. The bowlers nicked two wickets, but Gill steered the inning with adequate momentum.
India faced a middle inning slump falling from 148 for 2 to 166 for 5 as the middle order went off without any good contribution. It was Anukul Roy who played an imperative inning of 33 runs forging a partnership of 67-runs with Gill. The latter became more aggressive in the last 10 overs where he scored 42 runs. It was the prime thrust that set Pakistan to a challenging target.
Still, the figure stood out as much more than required for India as its bowlers broke into the front. 69 all out is the lowest total so far in the Cup’s history for Pakistan. There were maiden overs, stunning catches and straight throw-overs in the chase, while Pakistan’s batsmen scrambled one after another. By the 12th over, Pakistan was at 28 for 4 and eventually in 24th over the chase plummeted to 48 for 8. The team played for less than 5 overs as India bowlers wrapped up the game.
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