U19 World Cup-India beats Pakistan to reach final

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Christchurch: The Indian cricket team on Tuesday defeated Pakistan by 203 runs and entered into the finals of U-19 Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval.

After winning the toss, India chose to bat first and scored 272/9. Shubman Gill showed a wonderful game and scored an unbeaten 102 runs off just 94 balls against Pakistan. He became the first centurion of India in the ongoing U-19 World Cup.

Ishan Porel’s four wicket haul finished Pakistan for 69 runs in 29.2 overs. It was Pakistan’s lowest score the tournament’s history.
India U19 team captain Prithvi Shaw said, “it was a good all round performance from everyone. We are doing a great job. The plan was simple. Just look for the loose balls and convert into boundaries. They (fast bowlers) are doing a great job in the tournament, hope they do a good job in the finals as well.”

“First class – really a good experience playing with the seniors. I’m feeling proud and thanks to the crowd as well. It’ll be a good challenge (against Australia) for us. Let’s see what happens,” he further stated.

Pakistan captain Hasan Khan said that the game was pretty much in balance but the batsmen failed to perform well. “Nothing worked. We missed a couple of chances. Things didn’t really go our way. The batsmen didn’t perform up to the mark. The bowlers have been performing really well for us,” he said.

The final is against Australia on Saturday.

Here are the brief scores:
India 272/9 (Shubman Gill 102*, Arshad Iqbal 51/3)

Pakistan 69 (Ishan Porel 17/4, Riyan Parag 6/2)

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