New Delhi:India have cruised into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup after hammering Bangladesh by 131 runs in Queenstown on Friday.One of the pre-tournament favourites, India had too much firepower with bat and ball at the John Davies Oval, booking a final four showdown with Pakistan in Christchurch on Tuesday.
Australia will play giant-killers Afghanistan in the other semifinal, also in Christchurch, on Monday. Afghanistan shocked hosts New Zealand with a 202-run thumping in their quarterfinal on Thursday.
With this win, India will now face arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the tournament on January 30. Opting to bat, India lost opener Manjot Gill early, but captain Shaw and in-form batsman Shubhman Gill stitched together an 86-run partnership for the second wicket to give their team a solid platform. Harvik Desai (34) and Abhishek Sharma (50) also played cameos and contributed to India’s total of 265 in 50 overs. In reply, Bangladesh were bundled out for 134 in 42.1 overs. Kamlesh Nagarkoti was the pick of the bowlers for India who took 3/18 in his 7.1 overs.
India is the only team to remain unbeaten in the tournament. With four massive victories under their belt, Prithvi Shaw’s side looks set for the challenge Pakistan will present, as the two teams will collide on 30 January, Tuesday. The match will begin at 3 am IST and we will be here, do give us company. Until then, its goodbye from us.