Benoni: Australia was eliminated from the Under-19 World Cup by defeating Pakistan in a very thrilling second semi-final. Now the final match of the tournament will be played between India and Australia on Sunday. This will be the third time in the history of Under-19 World Cup, when the teams of India and Australia will meet in the final. The good thing is that both the times India became the champion. In the year 2012, Unmukt Chand and in the year 2018, Prithvi Shaw made India the champion under his captaincy. Now captain Uday Saharan, who is in tremendous form, will have the responsibility of carrying forward this tradition. Talking about the match, the Pakistani team made a tremendous comeback, its bowlers almost overturned the losing game, but Australia somehow managed to achieve the target of 180 runs by losing nine wickets in the last over. Let us tell you that in the first semi-final, India had defeated host South Africa by two wickets.
Even though Pakistan could not win the match, its 15 year old fast bowler Ali Raza won hearts. Ali Raza bowled two maidens in 10 overs and took four valuable wickets. In this second semi-final held at Willowmoor Park, the Pakistani team, batting first after losing the toss, was reduced to just 179 runs in 48.5 overs. Australia’s decision to bowl first proved correct. Fast bowlers Mahil Beardman and Callum Vidler, who took one wicket each, created pressure by bowling excellent opening spells, the benefit of which went to the third pacer Tom Straker, who was also adjudged Player of the Match by taking six wickets. Azaan Awais and Arafat Minhas definitely scored half-centuries for Pakistan, but they did not get support from any batsman from the other end. Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were out for 179 runs.
When Australia entered this race, Pakistani bowlers also faced a tough test. The hunger to reach the final was clearly visible in his game. Kangaroos had to struggle for each run. In the 11th over, Ali Raza gave the first blow to Australia at 33 runs. Australia lost a total of four wickets in scoring the next 26 runs. Australia needed three runs in the last over and had only one wicket left, but a four was hit on the very first ball and Pakistan’s dream of reaching the final remained only a dream.