Yashasvi Jaiswal slammed a brilliant century as India thrashed Pakistan by 10 wickets in the Under 19 World Cup semifinal at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom to enter the final of the tournament. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The 2020 Under-19 World Cup has reached the business end of the tournament. India's brilliant win against Australia boosted them to the semi-final while Pakistan registered a tense win against Afghanistan to reach the semi-final. New Zealand got the better of West Indies in a thriller by two wickets while Bangladesh created a massive upset by defeating hosts South Africa to enter the semi-final. New Zealand will take on Bangladesh but all eyes will be on the tense clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on February 4. This will be the 10th encounter between Pakistan and India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Sealed with a six! Yashasvi Jaiswal blasts a six and India have comprehensively destroyed Pakistan by 10 wickets as they enter the Under-19 World Cup final. Simply magnificent from Super Yashasvi!
Rohail Nazir, the Pakistan skipper, has been hit on the kneee and he is being taken off the field. Mohammad Haris will keep wickets. Slight delay in the proceedings. India are 161/0 after 34 overs, need 12 more runs to win.
A maiden over from Tahir Hussain. It is just an empty feeling at the moment for Pakistan. After 33 overs, India are 156/0, need 17 off 17 overs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal enters the 90s as India near a win. After 32 overs, India are 156/0, need 17 to win off 18 overs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal blasts two sixes off Abbas Afridi and nears his ton as he becomes the leading run-getter in the 2020 edition of the Under-19 World Cup. What a performance from the youngster. He is nearing his ton. After 31 overs, India are 151/0. Expensive over from Abbas as he leaks 18 runs in the over.
Divyansh Saxena joins in the fun as he notches up his fifty. India are in a brilliant position. After 30 overs, India are 133/0, need 40 to win off 20 balls, two runs per over.
Jaiswal slams two boundaries off Abbas Afridi as India need less than fifty for a comprehensive win. This has been a thorough display from Priyam Garg's side. After 29 overs, India are 128/0, need 45 off 21 overs.
Jaiswal and Saxena are making slow progress but they have nothing to worry. After 28 overs, India are 116/0.
Jaiswal and Saxena are doing a great job, giving Pakistan's openers absolutely no opening. India are 109/0 after 25 overs.
Jaiswal and Saxena are cruising along and are nearing fifties. Pakistan are running out of ideas. Jaiswal notches up a brilliant fifty by flicking Aamir Khan to the deep midwicket fence. After 22 overs, India are 100/0.
Jaiswal slog sweeps Aamir Ali into the grass banks at deep midwicket and India now need less than a 100. After 18 overs, India are 77/0.
There is no luck for Pakistan at the moment. After 17 overs, India are 67/0.
Saxena slog sweeps Aamir Ali to the deep midwicket fence and India are cruising at 65/0 after 16 overs.
Jaiswal slams two boundaries off Qasim Akram and India are 52/0 after 14 overs.
Saxena has now outscored Jaiswal as Pakistan struggle to get the breakthrough. After 13 overs, India are 44/0.
Saxena gets a four off Abbas Afridi for a boundary and Pakistan are struggling to get the breakthrough. After 11 overs, India are 39/0.
Divyansh Saxena gets underneath the delivery from Mohammad Amir Khan and he carves it to the deep point fence. After 10 overs, India are 33/0.
Jaiswal and Saxena are negotiating the bowling well. Not many boundaries scored but the run-rate is decent. After seven overs, India are 25/0.
Mohammad Amir Khan bowls a maiden over. It is getting slightly overcast at the moment in Potchefstroom but there is no threats of rain. India 20/0 after six overs.
Pakistan are trying their best to break this opening stand but Jaiswal and Saxena are holding firm. After five overs, India are 20/0.
Pakistan are making some changes in the bowling but both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena are batting well. Amir Khan troubles Jaiswal and after four overs, India are 17/0.
Qasim Akram, the right arm offspinner is into the attack and Jasiwal flicks him for a boundary to deep midwicket. After two overs, India are 12/0.
Wayward start for Tahir Hussain as he concedes some wides. After the end of the first over, India are 5/0.
Pakistan have lost six wickets for 26 runs and this collapse could prove to be very costly. Can their bowlers produce a miracle or will the Indian batting continue their great run?
Sushant Mishra polishes off the innings with his third wicket and Pakistan are all out for 172 in 43.1 overs. India are favorites now to storm into the final.
WICKET! Kartik Tyagi's impressive day continues. Tahir Hussain aims to pull a short ball but the extra pace results in a top edge and keeper Dhruv Jurel takes the catch.
WICKET! That is the massive wicket India were after. Sushant Mishra gets the wicket. Short and quick delivery which hurries to Nazir, he top-edges the pull and the catch is taken at short leg. Pakistan are 169/8 after 42 overs.
Ravi Bishnoi ends his spell of 10-0-46-2 as Rohail Nazir farms the strike. After 41 overs, Pakistan are 167/7.
Kartik Tyagi bowls a full toss and is declared a no-ball. Rohail Nazir survives and Pakistan are 166/7 after 40 overs.
Rohail Nazir holds the key now if Pakistan are to get past 200. He needs to take more of the strike. After 39 overs, Pakistan are 164/7.
WICKET! Pakistan sink further. The flatter googly from Bishnoi and Abbas Afridi plays inside the line of the delivery and is trapped in front. After 38.1 overs, Pakistan are 163/7.
WICKET! Brilliant ball from Kartik Tyagui and he cleans up Irfan Khan with some serious pace as the ball tails back in and uproots off stump. After 37.2 overs, Pakistan are 156/6.
Fifty For Pakistan Skipper
Rohail Nazir notches up an impressive and solid fifty and then celebrates it with a four. After 37 overs, Pakistan are 156/5.
Nazir is taking time to reach his fifty and the pressure is mounting. After 36 overs, Pakistan are 148/5.
WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Divyansh Saxena. Haris sweeps Ankolekar to deep square leg but Divyansh Saxena runs to his right and dives full length to his right to take a stunning catch. After 34.4 overs, Pakistan are 146/5.
Haris launches Bishnoi for a big six over deep midwicket and he is looking to get the scoring rate going. After 33 overs, Pakistan are 139/4.
Mohammad Haris is looking to be positive as the skipper plans to play the sheet anchor role. After 32 overs, Pakistan are 128/4.
WICKET! Terrible blunder from Pakistan. Qasim Akram pushes a flatter delivery to mid off and he sets off for a quick single, Rohail responds but he changes his mind. Both batsmen are at the same end and this run-out confounds Pakistan even more. After 30.3 overs, Pakistan are 118/4.
Qasim Akram benefits from a misfield by the Indian fielders and Pakistan are 118/3 after 30 overs.
Sushant Mishra floats a full and wide ball outside off and Rohail Nazir carves it to the deep backward point fence. The Pakistan skipper is looking good for a fifty. Qasim Akram also thumps a short ball to long leg but some sharp fielding restricts it to a couple. After 29 overs, Pakistan are 112/3.
Jaiswal once again bowls a short and wide delivery and Rohail Nazir cracks the square cut to the deep point fence. After 28 overs, Pakistan are 104/3.
Pakistan bring up the 100 but it has been difficult. After 27 overs, Pakistan are 100/3.
WICKET! Yashasvi Jaiswal can do no wrong with both bat and ball. He floats a short and flat ball outside off, Haider Ali cuts it to backward point where Ravi Bishnoi makes no mistake and he falls for 56. Pakistan are 96/3 in 25.3 overs.
Half of the Pakistan innings is up. After 25 overs, Pakistan are 95/2 with Haider and Nazir in good stead.
Superb fifty for Haider Ali as he gets to a confident fifty. He is stitching a good stand with Rohail Nazir as Pakistan make good progress in the middle overs. After 23.2 overs, Pakistan are 90/2.
Loud shout by Atharva Ankolekar but Rohail Nazir survives. After 23 overs, Pakistan are 86/2.
Haider employs the sweep against Bishnoi and finds success again. This partnership is really starting to worry India. After 22 overs, Pakistan are 84/2.
Haider grows in confidence as he steers a quicker legbreak to the third man fence. After 20 overs, Pakistan are 77/2.
Haider Ali sweeps a flatter delivery to the deep backward square leg fence off Ankolekar as he nears a fifty. Pakistan are 71/2 after 19 overs.
Atahrva Ankolekar is into the attack and he concedes just three runs. After 17 overs, Pakistan are 60/2.
Rohail Nazir mistimes a pull shot off Akash Singh but it lands just in front of Sushant Mishra who comes running in from mid on but it lands in front. Pakistan are 57/2 after 16 overs.
Skipper Nazir and Haider are in good form as Pakistan aim to stage a revival. After 15 overs, Pakistan are 55/2
Nazir cracks a short ball from Akash Singh to the deep point fence as Pakistan aim to stage a revival. After 14 overs, Pakistan are 51/2.
Haider Ali and Rohail Nazir, the skipper, are looking to rebuild the innings. Pakistan are 47/2 after 13 overs. Kartik Tyagi continues to trouble the Pakistan batsmen with his extra pace.
Rohail Nazir, the skipper, gets going with a boundary off Bishnoi as Pakistan reach 42/2 after 11 overs.
Pakistan are getting troubled by pace and spin. After 10 overs, Pakistan are 36/2.
Ravi Bishnoi's impressive run in the tournament continues. Atharva Ankolekar takes the catch and Fahad Munir's epic 15-ball struggle results in 0. Pakistan are 34/2 in the ninth over.
Sushant Mishra is building up the pressure and Pakistan are making slow progress. Ravi Bishnoi is into the attack as Fahad Munir is yet to get off the mark. After eight overs, India are 33/1.
Sushant Mishra bowls a superb over and hits the right lengths. After six overs, Pakistan are 27/1.
Haider Ali cracks two boundaries off Kartik Tyagi and Pakistan are slowly rebuilding here. Pakistan are 27/1 after five overs.
Hostile over from Sushant Mishra as Haider Ali gets a four but then the bowler injures him with a short ball that thuds into his shoulder. The batsman is ok and Pakistan are 17/1 after four overs.
Kartik Tyagi is troubling the Pakistan batsmen with pace and swing. Good show from the youngster and Pakistan are 11/1 after three overs.
Sushant Mishra strikes in his first over and Pakistan are jolted. Short, sharp bouncer and Muhammad Hurraira is hurried into the pull, he top edges it to square leg and India have the breakthrough. India 10/1 after two overs.
Haider Ali gets going with a fantastic boundary off Kartik Tyagi. Pakistan are 4/0 after the first over.
Pakistan have chosen to bat against India at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Pakistan have been losing and gaining momentum in the Under-19 World Cup but India have been dominant. Can they maintain the momentum in the semi-final?
If one looks at the batting and bowling charts in the Under-19 World Cup, India is dominating against Pakistan. Yashasvi Jaiswal is the leading run-getter while Kartik Tyagi is the wicket-taker for India. For Pakistan, it is Mohammad Haris and Abbas Afridi.
India vs Pakistan. THE rivalry in cricket. THE ultimate tipping point in passion, emotions and patriotism. That too in a semi-final. Does not get any bigger than this.