India U19 Into The FINAL of ICC U19 World Cup 2024; Became First Team to Qualify
India U19 Into The FINAL (Getty Images)

ICC U19 World Cup 2024: India U19 have successfully qualified for the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 FINAL after a dramatic match. India U19 defeated the home team South Africa U19 in semifinal 1 and became the first team in the ongoing tournament to officially qualify for the U19 World Cup final.

What a match! This is what happens when the two quality sides clash in a vital contest for a vital purpose. India U19 won the match in the end by 2 wickets but the match was hanging in balance throughout. An exceptional comeback of India from where they were in the first 12 overs. South Africa were losing it but back-to-back wickets towards the end revived them a little but it was India, who won the game.

Brilliant knock of 96 by Sachin Dhas and 81 by Uday Saharan ensured India’s ticket to yet another final of the U19 World Cup. India are now the first finalists of the tournament and they will play the winner of Australia U19 vs Pakistan U19 (semifinal 2) in the finals of the tournament.

India U19 vs South Africa U19: Match Summary

India won the toss and invited the home team to bat first. It just took 17 balls from Limbani to give India a happy start at the top and remove the aggressive Steve Stolk. Soon he took David Teeger on a Duck. The wicketkeeper-batter Lhuan-dre Pretorius and Richard Seletswane weaved a 70-odd runs partnership and Musheer Khan broke the partnership by dismissing Pretorius playing at 73 runs.

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Oliver Whitehead charged at Musheer Khan but ended up being his second scalp. Richard was looking good but watching wickets falling at the other end put him under pressure and Naman Tiwari finally ended his fabulous innings at 64 runs. Cameos from skipper James and Tristan Luus helped South Africa to reach a par score of 244 runs in 50 overs.

India U19 needed 245 runs in 300 balls and they got the worst possible start at the top as the in-form opener Adarsh Singh went back to the pavilion on the very first ball of the innings. India’s highest run scorer in the tournament Musheer Khan, Kulkarni and Priyanshy Moliya were knocked out by exceptional bowling performances by Tristan Luus and were 4 down in just 32 runs in a chase of 245.

Again, the saviors from the last match, i.e., skipper Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas came to the rescue. They both first relaxed down the pressure and then unleashed the counterattack. They together added 180 runs for the 5th wicket where Sachin Dhas played the anchor role and smacked 96 runs in 95 balls. He missed his century by just 4 runs and fell prey to Kwena Maphaka.

India U19 Into The FINAL of ICC U19 World Cup 2024; Became First Team to Qualify
Uday-Dhas partnership ensures India’s Final ticket (Getty Images)

India U19 still needed 45 runs off 8 overs. Uday was watchful at the other end and didn’t allow South African bowlers to build pressure. India lost two quick wickets in 3 balls which gave the home team a glimpse of hope but Raj Limbani entered the square with another plan. He smacked a six when India were going under pressure. India needed 2 runs when the skipper got run out at 81 runs but Raj Limbani ensured India’s ticket to the final with no further damage and India won the game by 2 wickets.

India U19 vs South Africa U19: Scorecard

South Africa U19- 244/7 (50)

Lhuan-dre Pretorius †c Abhishek b Musheer Khan761026374.50
Steve Stolk c Aravelly Avanish b Limbani14172182.35
David Teeger b Limbani02000.00
Richard Seletswane c Moliya b Tiwari641004264.00
Oliver Whitehead c Dhas b Musheer Khan22344064.70
Dewan Marais c Abhishek b Pandey370042.85
Juan James (c)c Aravelly Avanish b Limbani241911126.31
Riley Norton not out7710100.00
Tristan Luus not out231212191.66
Raj Limbani96036.667220
Naman Tiwari85216.503250
Murugan Abhishek41403.500100
Arshin Kulkarni21005.002010
Saumy Pandey103813.802110
Musheer Khan104324.305100
Priyanshu Moliya72503.570200

India U19- 248/8 (48.5)

Adarsh Singh c Pretorius b Maphaka01000.00
Arshin Kulkarni c James b Luus12300140.00
Musheer Khan c James b Luus4120033.33
Uday Saharan (c)run out (Whitehead/Mokoena)811246065.32
Priyanshu Moliya c Pretorius b Luus5101050.00
Sachin Dhas c Teeger b Maphaka9695111101.05
Aravelly Avanishc Norton b Maphaka10181055.55
Murugan Abhishekrun out (Marais)01000.00
Raj Limbani not out13411325.00
Naman Tiwarinot out0000
Kwena Maphaka103233.200180
Tristan Luus103733.702040
Riley Norton95305.886120
Nqobani Mokoena7.54505.744061
Steve Stolk21809.003011
Juan James84405.503100
Oliver Whitehead21708.502020

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