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India Clinches Thrilling Win to Reach Ninth U-19 World Cup Final

Benoni, February 6, 2024 – India secured their spot in the U-19 World Cup final for the ninth time after defeating hosts South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling semi-final clash at Willowmoore Park.

Sachin Dhas’s resilient knock of 96 off 95 balls spearheaded India’s chase of 245 after a shaky start, where they were 36/4. Skipper Uday Saharam’s 81 also contributed significantly to India’s victory, forming a crucial partnership of 71 runs for the fifth wicket, a record in U-19 World Cup history.

Despite Kwena Maphaka’s breakthrough and a late fightback from the Proteas, India held their nerve to secure the win. Tristan Luus and Maphaka claimed three wickets each for South Africa.

Earlier, South Africa posted 244/7, with fifties from Lhuan-dre Pretorius and Richard Seletswane. Raj Limbani starred with the ball for India, picking up three crucial wickets.

India’s playing XI included Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan (c), Priyanshu Moliya, Sachin Dhas, Aravelly Avanish (w), Murugan Abhishek, Raj Limbani, Naman Tiwari, and Saumy Pandey.

South Africa’s XI comprised Lhuan-dre Pretorius (w), Steve Stolk, David Teeger, Richard Seletswane, Dewan Marais, Juan James (c), Oliver Whitehead, Riley Norton, Tristan Luus, Nqobani Mokoena, and Kwena Maphaka.

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