U-19 India storms into final

The 203 run defeat has been the largest Pakistan had ever suffered in Under-19 World Cup

India 272 for 9 (Gill 102*, Kalra 47, Shaw 41, Musa 4-67) beat Pakistan 69 (Nazir 18, Porel 4-17) by 203 runs

While Shubman Gill converted his record sixth consecutive 50-plus score in Youth ODIs into a magnificent backs-to-the wall century, Shivam Mavi and Prithvi Shaw, pulled off outstanding catches – at fine leg and slip respectively early in Pakistan’s chase of 273 to cause a slide they could not arrest.

After this  India is set to face Australia in the Under-19 World Cup final in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, while Pakistan will take on Afghanistan in a third-place play-off.

From 20 for 3, overcoming a relentless pace and spin attack proved too much for Pakistan. Ishan Porel, India’s third seamer, took a four-wicket haul as Pakistan were bowled out for 69 in 29.2 overs, their lowest total in the tournament’s history.

Pakistan’s fielding was partly why India got the start they did. The openers put on 89 in 15.3 overs, but it could have been so different had Pakistan not let opportunities slip. In the eighth over, Shaheen Afridi missed a run-out at the bowler’s end as Shaw was struggling to make his ground. Off the next delivery, he should have had Kalra caught but Alam put down a sitter at slip.

Forty-two of Gill’s 102 runs came in the last 10 overs, a passage that gave India huge momentum. Pakistan switched off towards the back end and India scored 75 in this period. A chase of 240 could have kept them in the game, but Pakistan found themselves chasing 273.

Gill and Anukul Roy proved to be an ideal combination; the pair was intent on taking the innings past the 40th over. Along the way, they put on a 67-run stand for the sixth wicket. Roy displayed swift footwork against spin to loft over the bowler’s head and over cover. Against pace, he was happy to hang back and pull, the two swats through midwicket a reflection of his range.

(Compiled by Ayesha Roy from NDTV Sports and ESPN)