South Africa crushed defending champions Pakistan by 98 runs in a rain-hit semifinal on Saturday to set up a clash with India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final.
Pakistan, set a revised target of 252 in 47 overs in a match spread over two days due to bad weather, were shot out for 153, dashing their hopes of a third successive title in cricket’s premier junior event.
Off-spinner Mohammad Vallie lifted South Africa home with 4-25 as opener Ahmad Shahzad played a lone hand for Pakistan with a fluent 60 containing six boundaries and a six.
Proteas captain Wayne Parnell and Roy Adams chipped in with two wickets each as Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 67 runs.
The day-night final will be played at the Kinrara Oval on Sunday with a reserve day set aside in case of bad weather.
The semifinal was carried over to a second day after rain on Friday brought play to an early end with Pakistan on 86-2 from 18.5 overs in reply to South Africa’s challenging 260-8.
Pakistan were unlucky to bow out after needing only five runs in seven balls if the stipulated 20 overs had been bowled on Friday.
When play finally began two hours and 20 minutes late on Saturday — due to a wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain — Pakistan made the worst possible start.
Umar Amin, who was on 22 overnight after sharing a 69-run stand for the third wicket with Shahzad, fell first ball to a brilliant piece of stumping by wicket-keeper Bradley Barnes.
Barnes collected a delivery from Pieter Malan bowled wide down the leg-side and whipped off the bails with left-handed Amin short of his crease.
“Bradley’s stumping had a huge role to play,” said a beaming South African coach Ray Jennings. “We planned that dismissal.”
Pakistani coach Mansoor Rana said the early setback cost his team dearly. “The idea was to bat around Amin who would be the anchor at one end while the others went for the runs,” said Rana.
“I told the boys to forget what happened on Friday and see it as a 29-over game in which we needed 166 more. But losing Amin off the first ball changed the whole game.”
Jennings said he looked forward to the final against India, who beat his team by six wickets in the preliminary league.
“We are the underdogs because there are huge expectations on India, but I like it that way,” he said.
“We have had a tough semifinal and the boys will be playing for a third day in a row, but they are in good spirits for the final.”
Pakistan were dealt a blow when star batsman Ali Asad was given out LBW to Adams by Sri Lankan umpire Tyron Wijewardene even though the ball appeared to pitch outside leg stump.
South Africa removed danger man Shahzad and Umair Mir in the space of three balls to leave Pakistan in tatters at 124-6 in the 30th over.
Shahzad miscued a lofted on-drive off Adams to point and Mir was bowled by Vallie for no score. Vallie then took three of the last four wickets to seal Pakistan’s fate.
Pakistan Under-19s won toss
South Africa Under-19s
P J Malan c Ali Asad b Adil 15
J T Smuts c Usman b Ahmed Shahzad 58
R R Rossouw c Umar Akmal b Ahmed Shahzad 53
J D Vandiar c Azhar b Rameez 50
M Y Vallie lbw b Imad 9
*W D Parnell c Umar Amin b Imad 17
R A Adams c Ahmed Shahzad b Imad 1
R R Hendricks not out 27
S A Engelbrecht b Rameez 8
†B G Barnes not out 1
Extras (lb3, w12, nb6) 21
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 260
Did not bat: M Arnold
Fall: 1-35, 2-126, 3-142, 4-173, 5-219, 6-223, 7-226, 8-255
Bowling: Adil Raza 10-0-58-1 (2nb, 1w); Mohammad Rameez 10-2-48-2 (1nb); Azhar Attari 5-0-33-0 (2nb, 1w); Umar Akmal 7-0-39-0 (1nb); Imad Wasim 10-0-44-3 (2w); Ahmed Shahzad 8-0-35-2 (3w)
Ahmed Shahzad c Engelbrecht b Adams 60
Umar Akmal c Vallie b Parnell 12
Shan Masood b Parnell 0
Umar Amin st Barnes b Malan 22
†Ali Asad lbw b Adams 5
Usman Salahuddin c Rossouw b Vallie 16
Umair Mir b Vallie 0
*Imad Wasim c Vandiar b Engelbrecht 13
Mohammad Rameez c Hendricks b Vallie 4
Adil Raza not out 6
Azhar Attari c Engelbrecht b Vallie 1
Extras (b1, w12, nb1) 14
Total (all out, 39.3 overs) 153
Fall: 1-17, 2-17, 3-87, 4-95, 5-124, 6-124, 7-135, 8-144, 9-145
Bowling: Parnell 9-0-39-2 (6w); Arnold 7-0-41-0 (1nb, 1w); Adams 7-1-22-2 (1w); Malan 4-0-13-1 (3w); Vallie 8.3-1-25-4 (1w); Hendricks 1-0-5-0; Vandiar 1-0-4-0; Engelbrecht 2-1-3-1
Result: South Africa Under-19s won by 98 runs (D/L Method)
Series: South Africa Under-19s advanced to the final
Man of the Match: Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts
Umpires: S J Davis (Australia) and T H Wijewardene (Sri Lanka). TV umpire: G A Baxter (New Zealand). Match referee: B C Broad (England)
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:Pakistan, South Africa, Under 19 World Cup
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