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Unstoppable India Triumphs: U19 World Cup Semi-Final Thriller Against South Africa

Uday Saharan (81) and Sachin Dhas (96) guided India to a thrilling 2-wicket win over South Africa in the semi-finals of the U19 World Cup.

India vs South Africa highlights, U19 World Cup semi-final 2024:¬†In-form Sachin Dhas staged Team India’s fightback with a match-winning 96 as Uday Saharan and Co. chased down the modest 245-run target in the first semi-final of the U-19 World Cup at the Willowmoore Park on Tuesday. Sachin and Saharan¬†stitched a record-breaking run stand for India after the Men In Blue suffered a top-order collapse in the penultimate clash of the U-19 World Cup. Playing a captain’s knock, Saharan scored 81 off 124 balls to carve out a famous win for the defending champions.

Earlier, South Africa took the upper hand for a brief period thanks to opener Lhuan-dre Pretorius. However, spinners Musheer Khan, Murugan Abhishek and Priyanshu Moliya came in and strangled the Proteas in the middle overs. India never took the foot off the pedal and kept the pressure on the hosts throughout their innings. South Africa ended up becoming the first team in this tournament to score more than 170 against India and were limited to a score of 244/7 in 50 overs.

The boys in blue have not just won every match they have played, but they have blown their opposition out of the park, winning three of the games by more than 200 runs. They were hot favourites to beat hosts South Africa and continue their hunt for a sixth title. Defending champions India have marched on into the final on the back of six consecutive wins in the tournament, with their exciting talent putting up a fine all-round show to ensure their dominance.

Across departments, it will be tough to point out a singular force behind India’s juggernaut, particularly in the last few games. If the batters have buried the opponents under a mountain of runs, the bowlers have delivered wins that have exceeded a minimum of 130 runs in terms of margins. Defending champions India will meet either Pakistan or Australia in the U-19 World Cup. 

Here are some highlights around the IND vs SA U19 World Cup semi-final:

-Uday Saharan slammed 3rd half-century of the U-19 World Cup in the 36th over.

-Sachin Dhas slammed fifty off 47 balls in the 26th over. 

-Proteas reduced India to 32-4 in 11.2 overs. 

– South Africa scored 244/7 in 50 overs

– India are yet to be beaten in the tournament, having dominated the group stage and Super Sixes

– South Africa lost one match against England in the group stage

– Musheer Khan is the highest scorer in the tournament with 334 runs

– South Africa’s Kwena Maphaka is the highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps

– India are the most successful team in the history of the U19 World Cup with five titles

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