India advances to Under-19 World Cup Final with a thrilling win over South Africa: Uday Saharan shines as captain
India Vs South Africa Semi-Final: India has stormed into the final of the Under-19 World Cup for the 9th time after defeating South Africa by 2 wickets. Played on Tuesday (February 6), this semi-final clash took place in Benoni, South Africa. India’s captain Uday Saharan played a remarkable innings, leading the team to victory with an impressive knock of 81 runs. Opening batsman Sachin Dhas also contributed with a brilliant innings of 96 runs off 95 balls.
India wins toss
Winning the toss, India elected to bowl first. South Africa set a target of 245 runs while batting first. India faced a shaky start, losing 4 wickets for just 32 runs. However, a partnership of 171 runs between Uday and Sachin led India to victory.
India’s impressive record
This will be India’s 9th appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final. India has won the Under-19 World Cup title 5 times, the most by any country. However, they have lost in the final on 3 occasions. If South Africa wins, it will be their 3rd final appearance, having won the title only once in 2014.
Sachin Dhas becomes the hero
Sachin Dhas emerged as the hero of the match. Although he fell short of a century, his innings of 96 runs off 95 balls, including 11 fours and 1 six, played a crucial role in India’s victory. This is a significant achievement for the Indian team, securing a place in the final with a splendid performance. Expectations are high for India to perform well in the final.
High-voltage clash awaits in the final
The final showdown for India will take place on February 11. Prior to that, the second semi-final between Australia and Pakistan will be played on February 8. The winner of that match will face India in the final in Benoni, South Africa.