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South Africa beats Pakistan, to meet India in U19 final

South Africa beats Pakistan, to meet India in U19 final

Off-spinner Yaseen Vallie snared four wickets on Saturday to lift South Africa to a 98-run win over defending champion Pakistan in a rain-affected semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup.
South Africa will meet India in the final on Sunday.
Pakistan initially chased South Africa's 260 in 50 overs on Friday, but a downpour cut into playing time and the target was revised to 252 in 47 overs. A second rain interruption forced the match to spill over to Saturday.
Pakistan was 86-2 from 18.5 overs when play stopped Friday, needing another 166 runs in 169 balls. But Pakistan lost its remaining eight wickets for only 67 runs on Saturday, and was dismissed for 153 in the 40th over.
The loss ended Pakistan's hopes of lifting the trophy for the third straight time.
Opener Ahmad Shehzad stood alone in defying the South African attack with 60, which included six fours and a six.
Vallie took four of the eight wickets to fall Saturday, finishing with 4-25 from 8.3 overs.
Pakistan, which won the 2004 and 2006 tournaments, was left to rue untimely showers. 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, which meant Pakistan needed to bat out 47 overs for a much bigger target.
Even on Saturday, the game began nearly 2-1/2 hours late, due to a soaking outfield after overnight rain.
Pakistan's Umar Amim was dismissed on the first ball of the day, stumped by wicketkeeper Bradley Barnes off Pieter Malan, which ended a 69-run stand for the third wicket.
"We planned that dismissal," said South African coach Ray Jennings. The stumping "had a huge role to play" in the victory, he said.
Malan bowled the delivery down the leg-side, and Barnes shuffled quickly to his right to collect the ball and whip off the bails with left-handed Amin stranded.
Pakistan coach Mansoor Rana acknowledged it was a huge blow.
"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."
Shehzad and Umair Mir were dismissed within three balls as Pakistan tottered at 124-6 in the 30th over. Mir was Vallie's first victim, bowled for a duck. Vallie then took three of the last four wickets.
South Africa was beaten by India by six wickets in the preliminary league stage, and will look to avenge its defeat in the day-night final.
"We are the underdogs because there are huge expectations on India," said Jennings. "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."


Updated : 2021-04-12 06:56 GMT+08:00