So, it is a hat-trick for the young men in blue as this semi-final win against arch-rivals Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup marks the third consecutive win (2012, 2014, 2018). The U-19 India team beats Pakistan by a handsome 203-runs in a big semi-final on Tuesday at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. India will now face Australia in the finals of U-19 World Cup.

India batting first scored 272/9, they bundled out young Pakistani team for a meager 69 runs and reached their sixth final of the tournament. It was all Shuman Gill and Ishan Porel show in the semi-finals at Christchurch. Ishan Porel struck four times early on to peg back Pakistan. Shubman Gill played a brilliant knock of 102 not out in 93 balls to take India to a challenging total of 272. Gill got good support from teammates, first from Harvik Desai and later from Anukul Roy, and struck 50-run partnerships with both.  Whereas, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra scored 41 and 47, respectively. No wonder why the IPL 2018 franchises are breaking their bank for these young Indian players.

Pakistani players struggled with this huge total as they lost two early wickets. It was also the poor performance by Pakistan players on the field which is responsible for such a loss as they miss out on a couple of crucial catches. India will now take on the Kangaroos in the final on February 3 at Bay Oval, Tauranga.

Let’s walk through a few turning points of ICC Under-19 World Cup Ind vs Pak Semi-final from Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

First Innings:

India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw wins toss elects to bat first against Pakistan U-19 team in the semi-final match. It was a good decision by the young captain to put a big total for Pakistan.

It was a quick fire from the Indian openers Shaw and Manjot. Manjot was hitting the ball for fours. He was hitting boundaries at will now. After a no-ball by Arshad. Shaheen Afridi’s introduction isn’t helping Pakistan as Shaw joins the party by hitting back-to-back boundaries. India 39/0 in 6 overs.

It was the poor performance by the Pakistani players on the field. DROPPED! The slip fielder drops it. Slightly tough. Manjot survives again. India 57/0 in 9 overs. Another run-out opportunity lost. Two run-outs and two catches dropped. Will this haunt them later?

It was a pumping SIX by Prithvi as he hits it clean. First big one of the innings. India 67/0 in 10.4 overs.

51-run partnership off 66 balls for Shubman and Harvik. They have done well after the double departure of Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra. Credit also to Pakistan bowlers especially Taha and Zaryab have restricted the Indian batsmen by stalling their scoring-rate. India 147/2.

After a quick 3-wickets loss, Shubman Gill fifty takes India to 175/6. A few boundaries from Gill and Roy helps India to reach the 200 – Mark.

It was the Gill-Mavi show which helped India to reach 267. Gill was on 99 with three balls remaining. With Gill scoring his century and becoming the only player to hit a century in the tournament. India finishes at 272/9.

Pakistan needs 273-runs to win the match and it looks a decent total looking at the Indian bowler’s form.

Second Innings:

Pakistan started the innings 0/0 as it was an excellent maiden over by Shivam. Before Pakistani openers overcome the first over they lose three quick wickets. A brilliant catch by Mavi at the boundary. Pakistan in deep trouble as Shah departs for just 2 runs. Pak 20/3 after Ali Zaryab goes for a single run. A good catch by skipper Shaw. It was all Porel-Mavi show as Ishan Porel took all the three wickets and Shivam Mavi has bowled three maidens.

It did not take much time for India to capitalize on Pakistan’s batting order as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. It was Shubman Gill’s day as he takes two stunning catches which as Pakistani innings was crumbling. Pakistan 45/7.

It was just the formality as Saad, going down the wicket yet again, fails to connect the ball, Harvik Desai behind the stumps quickly whips the bails off in a flash. It is all over for Pakistan! India wins the semi-final by 203-runs to enter the U-19 World Cup final for the sixth time. India will face Australia in the final.

We all hope that India wins the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018. All the best to young Men in Blue!

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