ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Twitter Erupts as India Thrash Pakistan to Storm Into Final
India will take on Australia in the final after thrashing Pakistan by 203 runs in the semifinal on Tuesday (January 30). Shubman Gill continued his red-hot form with the bat, scoring a magnificent ton to propel India to a 272 for 9 before the Indian bowlers led by Ishan Porel bowled out Hasan Khan & Co. for a paltry 69.
Right from the start to the end, Pakistan never looked in contention to chase down the total. Their chase was derailed at the very start when both of their openers Muhammad Zaid Alam and Imran Shah departed with only 13 runs on the board. Both of them were dismissed by Porel. Even before Pakistan could recover from those early setbacks, they suffered a potentially a match-ending blow when their quarterfinal hero Ali Zaryab became Porel’s third victim after scoring just 1.
Rohail Nazir (18), Ammad Alam (4), Mohammad Taha (4) and Hasan Khan (1) also failed to bail their team out of trouble as Pakistan all but lost the game after being reduced to 45 for 7 in the 21st over. The lower-order could not resist India for long as Pakistan were all out for
Earlier in the day, Shubman Gill’s unbeaten knock of 102 helped India post 272 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. India were off to a solid start with openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra adding 89 runs for the first wicket. The partnership was broken when the skipper was run out for 41. Five runs later, Muhammad Musa ended Kalra’s knock for 47 to bring back Pakistan in the game.
Gill and Harvik Desai then steadied the ship with 54-run stand before Pakistan clawed its way back in the game by dismissing Desai (20), Riyan Parag (2), Abhishek Sharma (5) in quick succession to reduce India to 165 for 5 from 148 for 2. In Anukul Roy, Gill found a much-needed support as both of them took the score past the 200-run mark. The duo added 68 runs for the sixth wicket. The stand was broken when Musa removed Roy for 33. India’s tail could not contribute much but Gill remained till the end, scoring 102 off 94 balls to steer India to a good total.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
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