Australia teenager Tom Straker stunned everyone with his sensational bowling performance in the second semi-final of the ongoing Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2024. Aussie U19 skipper Hugh Weibgen won the toss and asked the boys in green to bat first at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
Batting first, the Pakistan U19 batter looked completely clueless against the fiery bowling of Tom Straker. The young bowling sensation scalped 6 wickets just at the cost of 24 runs in 9.5 overs, including one maiden over. On the back of his amazing bowling figures, Australia U19 managed to bundle out Pakistan just at the score of 179 runs in 48.5 overs.
Azan Awais and Arafat Minhas were the only two batters who played the crucial half-century knocks to help their side go against the unplayable bowling attack of the Aussies. Besides Awais and Minhas, the opener Shamyl Hussain was the only batter to cross the double-digit mark as an individual score.
Notably, the winner of this ongoing second semi-final between Australia and Pakistan will face the defending champions India U19 in the final of the Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2024.
Meanwhile, Australia U19 have started their run-chase in the second innings and scored 41 runs for the loss of one wicket in 12.4 overs at the time of filling this copy. Ali Raza has scalped one wicket for Pakistan so far.
Coming back to Tom Straker, he has now registered the best-ever figures by a bowler in a semi-final of the U19 World Cup. He has scalped 12 wickets in the 5 innings of the 5 matches, he has played so far for his side in the tournament. The fans are also lauding the youngster for his brilliant and match-defining performance to take his team in a strong position in a must-win and all-important game of the tournament.
Here's how fans reacted to Tom Straker's brilliant 6-wicket haul:
#TomStraker - Remember this name... this fast bowler will wreak havoc in the cricket world in the future 👏— Syed Hussain (@imsyedhussain) February 8, 2024
One of the biggest find of Under-19 World Cup 2024 👊
9️⃣.5️⃣- 1️⃣-2️⃣4️⃣- 6️⃣ 😳#U19WorldCup #AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/L9mdD6TmnK
Tom Straker picks 6/24 against Pakistan Under 19 in U19 WC Semi Finals.— Jaya Suriyan (@_jayasuriyan_) February 8, 2024
- This is the second best bowling figure for Australia U19 in U19 WC history. pic.twitter.com/vlBzcfVYxd
Pakistan got all out on 179 in 48.5 https://t.co/XJJToye1H3 for Australia is 180 in 50 overs. Tom Straker was hero with the ball for Australia with 6fer he took 6 wickets in 9.5 overs and conceded only 24runs.Two 50’s from Pak batsman A.Awais & A.Minhas who both scored 52.— Cricket Wicket (@cricketwicketin) February 8, 2024
Congratulations to Tom Straker for his outstanding performance in the #U19WorldCup semi-final or final! Your dedication and talent shine bright. Take a well-deserved bow, Tom 🙌👏 Keep up the fantastic work! #U19WorldCup2022— Waseem Ahmed (@waseem_1199) February 8, 2024