India crushes Pak by 203 runs, enters U-19 World Cup finals

RSTV Bureau

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India stormed into the finals of Under-19 Cricket World Cup with style thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by whopping 203 runs. India, a three-time title holder in the format, is set to play Australia in the summit clash on February 3.

Opting to bat first, India scored 272 for the loss of 9 wickets, riding on Shubman Gill’s unbeaten 102 of 94 balls. Chasing a challenging total, Pakistan was bowled out for paltry 69 in just 29.3 overs.

Gill, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore in the Indian Premier League players’ auction, had hit a match-winning 86 in the quarterfinals against Bangladesh. He is the team’s leading scorer with 341 runs.

This is heaviest defeat suffered by any team in terms of runs in a U-19 World Cup match.

Seamer Ishan Porel grabbed four wickets for 17 runs while spinners Shiva Singh and Riyan Parag took two wickets apiece to rock the Pakistan run chase.

Pakistan were reduced to 20 for 3 in the eighth over with Porel removing their top three batsmen and they could not recover from there under a relentless attack from an Indian pace battery and a spin troika. Only three Pakistani players could reach double-digit scores with Rohail Nazir hitting 18.

The Indians also fielded superbly with Shivam Mavi and Prithvi Shaw pulling off outstanding catches at fine leg and slip respectively.

(With inputs from PTI)