Australia defeated Pakistan by one wicket in a last-over thriller after chasing down a 180-run target in the final over of the second semifinal of the ICC Men’s U19 World Cup 2024. With this one-wicket win over Pakistan, Australia have set up a final
In a gripping semifinal clash at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Australia emerged victorious over Pakistan, setting the stage for a highly anticipated final against India. The match, held at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, South Africa, saw the Australian U19 team successfully chase down a target of 180 runs after Pakistan was bowled out for 179 in their first innings.
The young Australian side showed remarkable composure under pressure, reminiscent of the senior team’s poise in high-stakes matches. Their win not only secures them a spot in the final but also sets up a thrilling encounter with India, echoing the rivalry witnessed in the senior teams’ finals.
Pakistan’s early batting collapse proved costly, despite the team’s historical success in the tournament, having won the U19 World Cup twice before, in 2004 and 2006. On the other hand, Australia’s U19 team has been striving to replicate the success of their senior counterparts, who have a dominant record against Pakistan in both ODI and Test cricket, with 70 wins in 108 ODIs and 37 victories in 72 Test matches.
As the U19 World Cup draws to a close, with the final scheduled to take place just days before the tournament’s end on February 11th, all eyes will be on the young talents from Australia and India. The showdown promises to be a showcase of the future stars of cricket, as they battle it out for the prestigious title on South African soil.
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