India crushed Pakistan by 203 runs on Tuesday to breeze into the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup final. Vice-captain Shubman Gill continued his great form with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 102 while pace sensation Ishan Porel ran through the Pakistani batting, picking up four wickets for 17 runs, in the much-awaited semi-final match against their arch rival.
India will take on Australia in the final to be played at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand, on 3 February. Australia had been handed a resounding 100-run defeat by India in their tournament opener on 14 January. If India emerge victorious, this will be their fourth title win, a new record in the tournament’s history.
Gill’s century meant that India put up a very competitive score of 272-9 batting first. Openers Prithvi Shaw, who is the captain of the team, and Manjot Kalra scored 41. Of the Pakistan bowlers, Mohammad Musa impressed most with figures of 4-67.
The Pakistani batsmen, however, fell like nine pins to Porel’s fiery fast bowling. They managed a score of barely 69 runs.
The ICC announced the final clash with Australia on Twitter.
India reach the #U19CWC Final! ??
— ICC (@ICC) January 30, 2018
Here is an image of the victorious Indian team that Cricket World Cup posted on Twitter.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 30, 2018
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar had this to say on Twitter.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2018
Punjab batsman Shubman Gill has been the star of India’s batting performance in the tournament, with scores of 63, DNB, 90* and 86 in the previous games.
West Bengal pacer Ishan Porel made a strong comeback in the semi-final against Pakistan, having had to pull out of the first match against Australia after bowling only 4.2 overs due to a knee injury.
This is the second time in succession that India have made it to an ICC U-19 Cricket World Final. The last edition, played in Bangladesh in 2016, had seen them lose to the West Indies in a thrilling encounter.
Those who have led India to a title win in the past include current Test and ODI captain Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif and Unmukt Chand.