Australia narrowly defeated Pakistan to advance to the final of the U19 World Cup
Australia clinched a thrilling 1-wicket triumph over Pakistan in the U19 World Cup semi-final held in Benoni, South Africa.
This victory advances Australia to the final, where they will face India on Sunday, February 11.
Chasing a target of 180, Australia secured the win on the first ball of the 50th over.
Despite Pakistan’s commendable bowling performance, highlighted by Ali Raza’s 4-wicket haul and Arafat Minhas’ two wickets, they couldn’t overcome the challenge.
Batting heroes for Australia included Harry Dixon, who notched 50 runs, and Oliver Peake, who contributed 49. However, it was Raf MacMillan’s crucial unbeaten 10 runs that guided the team into the grand final.
In the first innings, Pakistan was dismissed for 179, with Tom Straker claiming 6 wickets. Leading the scoring for the Green Shirts were Azan Awais (52) and Arafat Minhas (52).
In the other semi-final, India emerged victorious over South Africa in a closely fought match, securing a 2-wicket win in a tense encounter.