With the help of a Shubman Gill century and Ishan Porel’s 4/17 in the second innings, India registered an easy win against Pakistan in the semifinal of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Christchurch on Tuesday. Pakistan managed to score only 69 runs in the response to India’s total of 272 runs.
India continued their winning momentum in the tournament and after winning all their group stage matches they defeated Bangladesh in the quarter-final to set a clash against Pakistan in the semis. The Indian colts won the toss and elected to bat first.
Skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra gave the three-time winners a strong start as they built an 89-run partnership for the first wicket. After Shaw’s wicket, Kalra also joined him back in the pavilion but Gill quickly took the charge of the situation and remained unbeaten throughout India’s innings. He completed his century in 94 deliveries including seven boundaries and was picked as the Player of the Match.
While chasing a very good target of 272 runs, Pakistan players seemed under pressure right from the start of their innings and Porel successfully created trouble for them as he got both openers wicket with the scorecard reading only 13 runs. Pakistan seemed unable to overcome from the early wickets and their middle order fell like a house of cards and. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir was the highest scorer for the team who played a knock of 18 runs and Saad Khan managed to contribute 15 runs in the total of 69. Porel was well supported by the other Indian bowlers who ensured that Pakistan didn’t build any good partnerships and that the wickets fell at regular intervals. Shiva Singh and Riyan Parag claimed two wickets each while Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Roy got one apiece.
The U-19 Indian team will play the final match against Australia on February 3 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.