India’s Yashaswi Jaiswal scored an unbeaten hundred and Divyansh Saxena added a fifty to the score. Their amazing performances helped India in defeating Pakistan by 10 wickets in the Under-19 world cup semi-final. This will be the third consecutive Under-19 World Cup final for the country. The final will be played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
The Indians had to chase a total of 173 runs scored by Pakistan in the first innings. The openers Jaiswal and Saxena began by playing with caution in order to get through the early danger from bowlers. Even though they started off at a slow pace and did not score many runs in the first power play, they made sure to not lose any wickets.
The gears were changed in the next five overs when the openers added 25 runs to India’s score. There wasn’t much pressure from the Pakistani bowlers and India managed to score and win easily to gain a spot in the final.
Pakistan had won the toss and their skipper Rohail Nazir elected to bat first. However, his decision was proved wrong by the Indian bowlers when they picked up two wickets in the first power play itself.
The pace bowling duo that troubled the Pakistani batsmen were Sushant Mishra and Kartik Tyagi. They paced and bounced throughout the innings and were the favorites among bowlers. Mishra added three wickets in India’s bag and Tyagi put in another two wickets. Leg-spinner Rabi Bishnoi’s performance was also commendable since he picked up two wickets in the middle overs.
The final scores of both the teams were:
India- 176/0 (35.2)
Pakistan- 172/10 (43.1)
Yashaswi Jaiswal, who scored 105 runs from 113 balls, was awarded the Man of the Match he said, “It is a dream come true. Really happy with what I did for my country, I can’t express it in words. I’ll never forget that I scored a hundred in the World Cup against Pakistan. It is just the start though, I have to work really hard in the future as well. We (Saxena and me) were talking amongst ourselves that we needed to stay on the wicket. They bowled well initially and we had to see it out. All of us, our support staff, physio, manager, put in the effort and I want to thank all the Indians who prayed for us. We will try our best in the finals.”