ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Pakistan Qualify for Semis With Thrilling Win Over South Africa
Pakistan held their nerves to beat South Africa in a thrilling quarterfinal encounter to make it to the last four of the U-19 World Cup 2018.
Chasing a modest 190, Pakistan were in a spot of bother after being reduced 111 for five but eventually chased down the target with 13 balls remaining to win the game by three wickets. Ali Zaryab was the star of the show, scoring an unbeaten 74 to take his side home.
The two-time U-19 World Cup champions shakily began their chase, losing their opener Muhammad Zaid Alam for just 15. Pakistan did not get the early impetus required to settle the nerves, as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 111 for five.
However, South Africa’s hopes of making further inroads in the game ended by Ali Zaryab’s brilliant half-century. The left-handed batsman shared a 65-run stand with Saad Khan to all but seal South Africa’s fate.
The African country took two quick wickets to revive their fortune for a while, but it was too late to make a comeback, as Pakistan chased down the total with over two overs remaining.
Earlier, a brilliant performance from Pakistan’s pace bowlers left South Africa reeling at a precarious 43 for four before a half-century from Wandile Makwetu gave the Africa country a respectable total.
Pakistan skipper Hassan Khan’s hopes of seeing his bowlers make merry on a friendly track were justified by his teammates, as they made early inroads.
Matthew Breetzke was the first to depart, scoring 12 before being undone by the bounce, as he flashed at a Shaheen Afridi delivery and ended up nicking it to the keeper. Next to depart was Jiveshan Pillay after he was castled by an outstanding delivery from Afridi.
After Afridi, Muhammad Musa took two quick wickets, dismissing Raynard van Tonder and Hermann Rolfes, South Africa’s two century-makers this tournament, to all but derail their innings.
Wandile Makwetu and Jean du Plessis then found it tough to get going against the quality pace bowling but soon found stability when the spinners started operating.
The duo added 59 runs for the fifth wicket before Hassan Khan dismissed du Plessis. It was followed by another promising stand between Makwetu and Jason Niemand, but the partnership did not last long, as Musa struck once again to remove Makwetu for 60.
Jason Niemand and Jade de Klerk’s partnership of 36 runs took the African nation close to 200, as they eventually folded up for 189.
Pakistan 190 for 7 (Zaryab 70*, Jason Niemand 2-31) beat South Africa 189 for 10 (Makwetu 60, Musa 3-29) by 3 wickets.
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