Pakistan set 173 runs winning target before India in the U19 WC semifinals
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Pakistan set 173 runs winning target before India in the U19 WC semifinals

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Sushant picks up yet another wicket and Pakistan innings has folded for a mere 172 at Senwes Park, in Potchefstroom in South Africa.

Batting first, in a mediocre batting performance, the Pakistani were all out for 172 in the U-19 World Cup against India. Pakistan skipper Rohali Nazir’s and Haider Ali’s half tons were the only glaring moments in Pakistan’s innings. Ali's 77-ball 56 contained nine hits to the fence, while Nazir smashed six boundaries in his 102 ball 62.

Earlier, winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Rohail Nazir decided to bat first. But this decision was proven wrong. Indian pacers picked two early wickets in the first powerplay. Pakistan lost their opener Muhammad Hurraira and Fahad Munir cheaply inside 10 overs.

After that, Haider Ali and Nazir began the rebuilding process for their side and added 62 runs for the third wicket. Just when things started to look good, Haider Ali perished soon after completing his half-century.

After Ali's departure, Nazir struggled to get enough support from the other end as Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals. However, despite that Nazir kept scoring runs from the other end brought up his first half-century of the tournament.

Pakistan's innings crumbled as they lost their last six wickets for just 26 runs and were bowled out for 172 in 43.1 overs.

While Tyagi's scorching pace and Bishnoi's googlies were eye-catching, left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar (1/29 in 7 overs), left-arm seamer Sushant Mishra (3/28 in 8.1 overs) and part-time leg-spinner Yashasvi Jaiswal (1/11 in 3 overs) also kept the rival batsmen under check.

Sushant Mishra was the pick of the bowlers for India as he dismissed three batsmen, while Kartik Tyagi and Ravi Bishnoi contributed with two wickets apiece.

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