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India clinch thriller against Pakistan

Harmeet Singh hit the winning runs as India claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over traditional rivals Pakistan in an ICC U19 World Cup quarter-final on Monday.

India clinch thriller against Pakistan - Cricket News
 
Harmeet Singh hit the winning runs as India claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over traditional rivals Pakistan in an ICC U19 World Cup quarter-final on Monday.
Chasing a modest total of 137 to win at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, India slumped to 8-3 in their chase but looked to have steadied thanks to the efforts of Baba Aparajith (51) and Vijay Zol (36) as they reached 120-5.
What followed was remarkable as they collapsed dramatically, losing four wickets for seven runs in a crazy 29-ball period.
Harmeet (13 not out) and Sandeep Sharma (two not out) added 10 runs in a painstaking seven-over partnership for the final wicket, as India finished at 137-9 with exactly two overs to spare.
India made a disastrous start to their run chase, losing skipper Unmukt Chand (zero) to a superb Ehsan Adil catch at third man off the bowling of the dangerous Zia-ul-Haq (3-23 off 10 overs) in just the third over.
Prashant Chopra (four) and Hanuma Vihari (zero) both fell shortly after, before Aparajith and Zol added 66 runs in a patient but necessary partnership that stretched almost 20 overs.
Neither of the batsmen were troubled by the Pakistan bowling attack until the 25th over, when Zol was dropped, but his luck quickly ended as he was run out from the very next ball after a mix-up with his partner.
Akshdeep Nath (seven) came and went quickly but after Aparajith and Patel guided India to within 17 runs of their victory target, they seemed headed for an easy win.
The departure of Aparajith – who was well caught by Umar Waheed at extra cover – gave Pakistan belief though and Adil (2-25 off 10) had Smit Patel (14) caught behind three overs later.
Azizullah (3-30 off 10) then trapped Kamal Passi (zero) lbw before bowling Ravikant Singh (zero) in the same over as an upset that seemed impossible only minutes earlier, was well and truly alive.
Faced with spin from the likes of Zafar Gowar (0-23 off 10) and Mohammad Nawaz (0-27 off seven), Harmeet and Sharma poked the ball around for nervous singles as the noisy crowd were on the edge of the seats.
And it was from the final ball of the 48th over that the match was sealed, with Harmeet hoicking a Nawaz delivery over square leg for two runs that sparked a pitch invasion from his team-mates and wild celebrations.
Earlier, Indian seamer Sharma (3-24 off 8.1) claimed the key scalps of Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq (both zero) in an inspired first over of the match.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam (50) and Waheed (27) added 55 for the third wicket but Ravikant (3-43 off 10) ripped through the middle order to restore India's dominance.
Ravikant removed Waheed, Saad Ali (one) and Salman Afridi (zero) in quick succession while Harmeet (1-20 off 10) got in on the act, dismissing Nawaz (zero).
Azam looked set but departed to part-time spinner Aparajith (1-23 off five) at 98-7 and despite the late hitting of Adil (35), who smashed four sixes, Pakistan posted a score that was ultimately just not enough.
India will now play New Zealand in a semi-final on Thursday, with the winner to take on either Australia or South Africa in the showpiece.
 

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