It was just another heartbreak for the Pakistan Under-19 in the Men’s Under-19 World Cup. The boys in green locked horns with Australia U19 in the thrilling second semi-final of the ongoing Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2024. Both teams played this match at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Thursday, February 8.
Australia after being tackled by Pakistan within a target of just 180 runs, successfully chased down the target in the last over to win the match by a very thrilling and narrow margin of one wicket to make it to the final of the Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2024. Notably, the Australia U19 will lock horns with the India U19 in the summit clash of the tournament.
Speaking of the thrilling action of the second semi-final between Pakistan and Australia, the latter’s skipper won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. Batting first, Pakistan could post a total of only 179 runs in 48.5 overs. Azan Awais and Arafat Minhas were the only two batters to score two crucial half-centuries in their side’s favour.
Awais and Minhas played the knocks of 52 runs each, alongside a 17-run knock played by opener Shamyl Hussain. Young teenage bowling sensation Tom Straker claimed an amazing 6-wicket haul for the Aussies, claiming 6 wickets just at the cost of 24 runs in 9.5 overs, including one maiden over.
Pakistan bowlers show an outstanding intent in defending the target
While defending the target, the Pakistan bowlers made a stunning comeback in the second innings and they completely managed to put Australia in trouble. At one moment Australia had lost 9 wickets on the score of 164 runs in 46 overs and they still needed 16 runs to enter the final of the tournament. Ali Raza scalped 4 wickets for Pakistan, alongside two wickets picked by Arafat Minnhas. Besides these two, Ubaid Shah and Naveed Ahmed Khan also bagged one wicket each.
However, the fortune didn’t favour Pakistan in the end and Australia managed to cross the line on the first ball of the last over. Eventually, Australia won the second semi-final against Pakistan by a narrow margin of 1 wicket.
Here’s how fans reacted to the thrilling semi-final between Pakistan U19 and Australia U19:
Anyway, hats off to Saad Baig for the way he led the team and again, as usual, only our bowlers were sensational throughout the tournament. Chin up, guys ❤️#PAKvsAUS #U19WorldCup pic.twitter.com/dEUEgHInWF— Hassan (@HassanAbbasian) February 8, 2024
Remarkable Tournament for Ubaid Shah— Abdul Rehman 🇵🇰 (@maniofficials17) February 8, 2024
3-31 vs 🇮🇪
3-30 vs 🇳🇿
2-48 vs 🇳🇵
4-26 vs 🇦🇫
5-44 vs 🇧🇩
1-44 vs 🇦🇺
6 matches 18 wickets 👏 Player of the tournament for Pakistan, A future Star ⭐✨
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