Yashasvi Jaiswal finished it in style, with a smashing six off Aamir which made him reach the century mark, as India crushed Pakistan by ten wickets to move a step closer to Under 19 World Cup glory. The celebration, with a look at the heaven and the fist in the air meant it all, the win was very important to the team.
Jaiswal’s maiden hundred in the Under 19 World Cup included Jaiswal-Saxena registering their highest ever opening stand in Under 19 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final ! The Indian openers have added over 150 runs for the first wicket.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Indian captain Pritam Garg said: “I’m actually looking forward to bowl first. There is lot of hype among the fans. No changes for us, we are playing the same team that played against Australia.” Pakistani captain Rohail Nazir said: “This is the semi-final and we have to make a mark. It’s a game against India and we both really are looking forward to it. Hopefully we will have a good match and we are playing the same team.”
India started well in the bowling department with brilliant inswingers from Kartik Tyagi, and Pakistan ended up 9-1 at the end for 2 overs when Sushant Mishra scalped his wicket at the end of the over. After Indian success, Haider and Rohail put up a 61 run partnership. Haider Ali scored a fifty before losing his wicket and gave his team a platform to put a fighting first-innings total. A brilliant comeback from India restricted Pakistan to 172. Pakistan lost their last 6 wickets for just 26 runs.
While chasing the score, India maintained an easy victory with a solid opening partnership of 176 at just 35 Overs and 2 balls.
Priyam Garg, Indian Captain, said: “Very happy to reach the final. We are going to focus on the trophy. One step closer to it. I think we have the best pace attack in the tournament. All fast bowlers can build up good pace and spinners bowl right line and length. The spinners compliment the pacers well. This is not the first time they (Jaiswal and Saxena) have done this. They have been batting like this for last one year. They have great co-ordination. They also come from the same state so thay understand each other very well. I think we would like to focus on the same process and play the final as just another game.”