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Pakistan chasing 166 in 28.1 overs in rain-interrupted semifinal

Pakistan chasing 166 in 28.1 overs in rain-interrupted semifinal

Heavy rains stopped the second semifinal in the Under-19 cricket World Cup Friday, and the match will resume after an overnight break with Pakistan needing 166 more runs in 28.1 overs against South Africa.
Chasing a revised target of 252 in 47 overs, defending champion Pakistan was 86 for 2 when a second downpour stopped the game under lights, forcing the umpires to postpone the rest of the match until Saturday.
The young South Africans asked to bat first made 260 for eight in 50 overs with the help of three half-centuries by JJ Smuts (58), Rilee Rossouw (53) and Jonathan Vandiar (50).
Pakistan's target of 261 was reduced under the Duckworth-Lewis method after the first rain interruption ate into playing time. The winner will play India in Sunday's final.
Smuts and Rossouw shared a 91-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the foundation. Captain Imad Wasim finished with figures of 3 for 44, while Muhammad Rameez and Ahmad Shahzad took two wickets apiece.
Pakistan's innings suffered an early setback when opener Umar Akmal and No. 3 batsman Shaan Khan (0) were snapped up by Wayne Parnell in the space of four balls in the 3rd over with only 17 runs on the scoreboard.
But Shahzad (40 not out) and Umar Amin (22 not out ) put together an unbeaten 71-run partnership to keep the innings afloat.
Still, Pakistan faces an uphill task as it needs to make 166 runs in 169 balls -- a run rate of 5.89 per over. Pakistan has made it to the semifinal without reaching 200 even once in the tournament so far.
Under the Duckworth-Lewis method, Pakistan's victory target would have been 92 had a minimum of 20 overs been bowled Friday to constitute a match. But only 18.5 overs were bowled _ seven less than required _ which meant Pakistan needs to bat out 47 overs for a much bigger target.


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:44 GMT+08:00