- India won by 203 runs
- They made 272
- Pakistan were dismissed for 69 runs
- India will face Australia in the final
A dominating performance by the U19 Indian team saw the demolish Pakistan in the second semi-final of the U19 World Cup in Christchurch. Batting first the Indian team ramped up a strong total of 272 runs on the back of some good batting performances. It was however the bowlers who stole the show as they burnt through the Pakistani batting line-up to dismiss them for an embarrassing 69 runs and register a massive victory of 203 runs for India.
Batting first, new Kolkata Knight Rider’s boy Shubham Gill was the star of the Indian innings as he powered them to 272 on the back of a magnificent showing with the bat. He celebrated being picked up to play in the IPL for a huge amount of money in style as he hammered the Pakistanis to register a 93 ball 102. He played a swashbuckling innings in which he decapitated the Pakistani bowling unit, playing shots all around the field. He ensured that India dominated from ball one of their innings and went onto overtake Prithvi Shaw as the highest individual score by an Indian in the tournament. Shaw was impressive once again in his innings of 41 which saw him put on a good partnership of 89 with Manjot. Before being unluckily run out he ensured that he and Manjot had laid a good platform for the rest of the team which was made the most of by Gill.
India’s dominance continued in the second half of the innings as they roller coasted past the Pakistani batsmen. In a shambles of a chase, India blew Pakistan apart for a mere 69 runs. Ishan Porel claimed 4-17 to shame the Pakistan team and hand India a huge victory by 203 runs. It was a horror show for the Pakistani batsmen with eight of them not evening managing to score in double digits against the might of the Indian bowlers.
India will take on three-time champions Australia in the final. Expect the best match of the tournament to be played in equal style with two giants of the World Cup finally squaring off against each other for the last laugh.