U-19 World Cup: India beats Pakistan by 10 wickets to reach seventh final

IND vs PAK ICC U-19 World Cup Semifinal, Live Score: Presenting all the live scores, updates, commentary and analysis from the India vs Pakistan semifinal match.

Jaiswal and Saxena got India off to a confident start in 173 chase.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Jaiswal, you beauty. Reaches his 100 with a monstrous six and with it, India have beaten Pakistan by 10 wickets to reach seventh U-19 World Cup final.

IND 151/0 after 31 Overs. Saxena brings up his fifty with a single. Its been a fine innings from the Mumbaikar. Well composed knock. Put his head down and churned out the runs. Jaiswal meanwhile becomes the highest run-scorer in this tournament with a maximum. Celebrates with yet another six. Afridi goes for 18.

IND 128/0 after 29 Overs. Pakistan going through the motions. Jaiswal and Saxena have brought India on the cusp of a seventh U19 World Cup final. Jaiswal executes a full-blooded slog against Abbas Afridi to close in on the highest run-scorer of the tournament. India cruising at the moment. Afridi gets taken for 12 in the 29th.

IND 111/0 after 26 Overs. The two are motoring along without an iota of concern. You can almost sense the Pakistan shoulders dropping. The match is all but out of their hands. Jaiswal is batting on 60 and Saxena is six shy of his fifty. 

IND 106/0 after 24 Overs. Fahad Munir, right-arm leg break, has been introduced into the attack. He was out for a 16-ball duck earlier today. Can he make amends with the ball? Good start: just two off the over but Pakistan needs wickets!

IND 100/0 after 22 Overs. Mohammad Amir Khan [4.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack. Jaiswal greets him with an effortless hit over mid-on for four. He brings up his fifty with another boundary, this time through the leg-side. The 100-run partnership comes up with a single. India U19 needs 73 runs.

IND 86/0 after 20 Overs. Qasim Akram [3.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack. The Pakistan bowlers have been inconsistent in their lines and lengths so far. The two openers, after a cautious start, have started to dominate and with the asking rate never too high, Pakistan can only hope there's a miracle around the corner.

IND 77/0 after 18 Overs. SHOT! Jaiswal picking pace now: hammers a six between deep mid-wicket and long-on. Brilliantly executed the slog-sweep. This partnership is growing from strength to strength. 10 runs off that Amir Ali over.

IND 65/0 after 16 Overs. Aamir Ali, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack. Saxena in his element now: executes a sweep to deep mid-wicket for four. Seven off Ali's first over.

IND 52/0 after 14 Overs. Saxena has been cautious at the start but has made a point of putting away the loose deliveries. Afridi goes short and wide outside off stump, and punches it with an angled bat for four. Jaiswal, at the other end, executes a delightful on-drive off Akram. He follows it up with a delightful cover-drive. It's 50-up for India.

IND 40/0 after 12 Overs. Abbas Afridi, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. He induces an outside edge off the first ball but Saxena rides his luck and gets four for it. Nothing going Pakistan's way at the moment. Qasim Akram [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack and bowls a one-run over.

 

IND 33/0 after 10 Overs. Saxena essays a classy cover drive and holds the pose for the cameras. Aamir Khan overpitches on off-stump, Saxena leans forward and drives it handsomely to keep the scoreboard ticking. Pakistan needs a wicket and fast.

IND 26/0 after 8 Overs. Tahir and Khan need to produce some moments of magic here. India wouldn't mind the ones and twos at the moment. The mind goes back to that dramatic 2006 U-19 World Cup final between the arch-rivals, when Anwar Ali ran through the Indian line-up. Can someone put their hand up today? Pakistan, to their credit, have been very disciplined on the field.

IND 20/0 after 6 Overs. Nice and easy from Jaiswal and Saxena. It's not a huge target and the wicket too has eased down since morning. There's not much movement on offer. Hussain and Khan bowling in tandem, searching for that breakthrough. Khan ends the sixth with a maiden.

IND 17/0 after 4 Overs. Just a one over of spin. Amir Khan comes into the attack. A good over from Khan. India are off to a confident start and Pakistan don't have too many runs to play with but they do have a knack of making a match out of the most hopeless situations, so India will be wary. Khan goes for three.

IND 12/0 after 2 Overs. Qasim Akram, right-arm off break, comes into the attack. Jaiswal welcomes him with a boundary to deep mid-wicket. Wonder if the decision to bowl spin was influenced by the presence of two left-handers in the middle. Seven of the over.

IND 5/0 after 1 Over. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyaansh Saxena to begin the chase. Tahir to open the bowling. Two slips in place. The new ball will be key here. If Pakistan can pick a few wickets upfront, that could create a scare in the Indian camp. Jaiswal gets off the mark with a gorgeous cover drive.

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Sushant Mishra gets rid of Nazir. He departs for 62 and India are all over Pakistan now.  Aamir Ali comes to the crease. Tyagi and Mishra do the clean up act. Pakistan has been bowled out for a mere 172. Mishra finishes with three for 28.

Kartik Tyagi [5.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack and strikes right away, with that booming inswinging yorker; cleans up Irfan to leave Pakistan reeling. Bishnoi now. Traps Afridi in front and Pakistan slips further. Bishnoi is spinning a web around the Pakistan lower-order. Nazir is running out of partners. Bishnoi:  10-0-46-2.

PAK 156/5 after 37 Overs. GONE! Saxena pulls off a blinder to get rid of Haris. Ankolekar with the breakthrough as Pakistan lose their fifth wicket. Irfan Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Nazir gets to his fifty! It has been a fine innings from the captain but he needs to see this through.

PAK 128/4 after 32 Overs. Ravi Bishnoi [6.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack. Harakiri in the middle and India have another one: this one all thanks to Pakistan. Terrible miscommunication between the batsmen and Qasim Akram has been dismissed run out. Mohammad Haris, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Akash Singh returns into the attack. Goes for five.

PAK 118/3 after 30 Overs. Nazir slowly starting to free his arms: reaches out to a wide-line from Mishra, and nails it behind point for four. Mishra continues to use the short ball strategy against the Pakistan batsmen. Jaiswal, from the other end, doing a fine job at containing the batsmen, save the one boundary he conceded to Akram; Tyagi failing to stop the ball near the square-leg fence.

PAK 104/3 after 28 Overs. New man in. Garg turns to Mishra, who straightaway asks questions of Nazir. Two appeals , one loud and another; a rather subdued, for caught behind but not given by the umpire. Another wicket here will put India well and truly on top. Nazir brought up the team 100 with a single off Mishra. He then latches on to a short ball from Jaiswal and smashes it through the off-side for four.

PAK 96/3 after 26 Overs. GONE! Yashasvi Jaiswal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. Priyam Garg and India trying to break the partnership. That's exactly what Jaiswal does: gets rid of Ali. Qasim Akram, right handed bat, comes to the crease.

PAK 91/2 after 24 Overs. Haider Ali and Rohail Nazir keep the scoreboard ticking with the ones and twos, finding gaps with ease now. Ali brings up his first fifty of the tournament with a boundary off Bishnoi: the thick edge runs away past slip for four.

PAK 84/2 after 22 Overs. Atharva Ankolekar and Ravi Bishnoi keeping it nice and tight at the moment. Pakistan will hope one of these two — ideally both — goes on to make a big score. Ali has brought up the fifty partnership with a boundary off Bishnoi.

PAK 77/2 after 20 Overs. Atharva Ankolekar and Ravi Bishnoi in tandem now, so spin from both ends. Ali and Nazir have batted well, so far. A much needed partnership this for Pakistan. Ali, in particular, has looked good as he moved into the fourties with a deft touch to third-man for four.

PAK 64/2 after 18 Overs. Atharva Ankolekar, left arm orthodox, comes into the attack and beats Ali comprehensively with one that grips on a length and whistles past the edge. Three runs from his first over. Singh continues. So just a two-over spell for Kartik. Just seven runs from the last two overs of the innings.

PAK 57/2 after 16 Overs. Interesting observation from Tom Moody on air. Moody feels Pakistan got a little "too caught up" in the lead up to the semifinal. The Pakistan U-19 boys could be seen warming up nearly an hour and a half before the scheduled start of play. Moody feels that was unnecessary and while a high-octane clash such as this is bound to build pressure, it's critical to treat it as any other game.  Meanwhile, the pace duo of Tyagi and Singh keeping things tight.

PAK 51/2 after 14 Overs. Kartik Tyagi [3.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack. With the ball getting older, Tyagi probably won't get the same exaggerated swing. Bishop suggests Tyagi bowl closer to the stumps with the old ball. At the moment, he is mostly bowling around the fifth stump, allowing the Pakistan batsmen to shoulder arms without much ado. Rohail brought up the team fifty with a cracking boundary off Singh.

PAK 45/2 after 12 Overs. Rohail gets off the mark with a boundary off Bishnoi. The leg-spinner went too full and Rohail smashed it through extra-cover for four. Akash Singh, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. So Sushant Mishra's first spell return: 5-0-14-1. Ian Bishop reckons the wicket's a little two-paced and will get better as the game progresses. Singh, in the meantime, sticks to a probing line in his first over.

PAK 36/2 after 10 Overs. GONE! Munir departs. You almost got the feeling that he had gone into a shell, having failed to open his account off the first 12 15 balls. Bishnoi strikes. Pakistan have lost their second wicket. Rohail Nazir, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Bishnoi so far: 2-0-7-1. Meanwhile, Mishra goes for one as well.

PAK 33/1 after 8 Overs. Ravi Bishnoi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. Haider Ali clobbers a loopy legbreak over mid-on for four. Rohan Gavaskar on air says Ali, in the limited amount of first-class cricket that he has played, has a hundred to his name in the second innings. So, he has the temperament to dig in. Mishra, meanwhile, getting an extended spell. Fahad Munir still on nought.

PAK 27/1 after 6 Overs. Alan Wilkins on air suggests Priyam Garg should consider getting a gully and short-leg in to back up the hostility of his fast bowlers but the Indian skipper is content with a conventional field at the moment. Ali, meanwhile, is growing in confidence. An audacious slash square on the off-side off Tyagi was followed by a delightful off-drive for a fourth boundary. Fahad Munir is yet to get off the mark; he has faced 11 balls so far.

PAK 17/1 after 4 Overs. Tyagi and Mishra are bowling overpitched balls that are shaping away wide outside off, tempting the two Pakistan batsmen who have their feet rooted the crease: not the ideal technique against the moving ball. Not to forget the vicious inswinging yorkers that have already made an appearance in this match. Both have used the odd short ball as an element of surprise. Mishra's bouncer off the third ball knocked Ali on his left shoulder! Hostile pace bowling.

PAK 9/1 after 2 Overs. Sushant Mishra, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Huraira tucks one away on the leg-side to get off the mark with a four. Good attacking mindset from the Indian seamers: bowling full, looking for the swing and slipping in the odd yorker.  GONE! Huraira perishes and Mishra has drawn first blood. Fahad Munir, left handed bat, comes to the crease.

PAK 4/0 after 1 Over. We are all set for the contest to begin. Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira stride out to the middle. It doesn't get bigger than this! Ali to take strike. Kartik Tyagi with the new ball. Two slips in place for Ali. This is an exhibition in swing bowling. He is making the ball talk all right. Ali manages to collect four off an inswinging yourker.

A first win in four World Cups awaits Pakistan while India would be keen to stretch the successive wins record. The teams are walking out to the middle for the respective national anthems.

TOSS UPDATE: Unchanged India will bowl first.

Priyam Garg: Very happy to bowl first. India-Pakistan matches are more hyped by the crowd than the players. No changes to the team.

Rohail Nazir: We're going to bat first because it's a semifinal game. We have to put a good score on the board and defend it. I think this match is always a bigger one (against India), hopefully we have a good match today and play good cricket. Same team as the one that played Afghanistan.

 

Pakistan U19 (Playing XI): Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Rohail Nazir(w/c), Fahad Munir, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Haris, Irfan Khan, Abbas Afridi, Tahir Hussain, Aamir Ali, Mohammad Amir Khan

India U19 (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Divyansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg(c), Dhruv Jurel(w), Siddhesh Veer, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Sushant Mishra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh

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Here's India's road to the semifinal.

India U19 vs Sri Lanka U19, at Bloemfontein, Jan 19 2020: India U19 won by 90 runs

India U19 vs Japan U19, at Bloemfontein, Jan 21 2020: India U19 won by 10 wickets (with 271 balls remaining)

India U19 vs NZ U19, at Bloemfontein, Jan 24 2020: India U19 won by 44 runs (D/L method)

India U19 vs Australia U19, at Potchefstroom, Super League Quarterfinal 1, Jan 28 2020: India U19 won by 74 runs

Here's Pakistan's road to the semifinal.

Pakistan U19 vs Scotland U19, at Potchefstroom, Jan 19 2020: Pakistan U19 won by 7 wickets (with 230 balls remaining)

Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19, at Potchefstroom, Jan 22 2020: Pakistan U19 won by 38 wickets (with 53 balls remaining)

Pakistan U19 vs Bangladesh U19, at Potchefstroom, Jan 24 2020: No Result

Pakistan U19 vs Afghanistan U19, at Benoni, Super League Quarterfinal 4, Jan 31 2020: Pakistan U19 won by 6 wickets

 

India and Pakistan have played each other nine times in the U-19 World Cup, five have been won by Pakistan while India has emerged the winner four times | Head to head record

Four-time champion India will back itself to reach a third successive final at the U-19 World Cup when it faces arch-rival Pakistan in a last four clash here on Tuesday.

Both teams go into the semifinal unbeaten. While India beat Australia in the quarterfinals, Pakistan outplayed Afghanistan. Here's the full preview.

The teams (from):

India: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Divyansh Saxena, Priyam Garg (c), Dhruv Chand Jurel (vc & wk), Shashwat Rawat, Siddhesh Veer, Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kumar Kushagra, Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil.

Pakistan: Rohail Nazir (c & wk), Haider Ali (vc), Abbas Afridi, Qasim Akram, Aamir Ali, Abdul Bangalzai, Mohammad Haris, Fahad Munir, Mohammad Huraira, Tahir Hussain, Amir Khan, Arish Ali Khan, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah (replaced by Mohammad Wasim), Mohammad Shehzad.

Match starts at 1:30 p.m. IST.                      

 

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the India versus Pakistan U-19 World Cup 2020 semifinal match at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

 

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar.