India’s win against Bangladesh sets up mouthwatering semi-final against Pakistan

India's win against Bangladesh set up mouthwatering semi-final against Pakistan

India defeated Bangladesh in the quarter-final of U-19 World Cup by a convincing margin of 131 runs while defending 265 runs in the game played at Queenstown.

The win for India has set up the mouthwatering semi-final with their neighbour and the arch-rival Pakistan, which will be played on January 30th.

In a contest that took place on Friday, India set up a firm total for Bangladesh of 265 runs with the courtesy of Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prithvi Shaw and Harvik Desai’s 86, 50, 40 and 34 runs respectively.

Qazi Onik remained the best bowler for Bangladesh with three wickets to his name. While Nayeem Hasan and Saif Hassan took two wickets apiece. Robiul Haque and Hasan Mehmud struck once in the inning.

Bangladesh never looked in a shape to chase down the total. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Once they lost three wickets, their batting line collapsed from 76/3 to 134 all out.

Pinak Ghosh was the only batsman with a respectable score of 43. Other than him, Afif Hossain was the second highest scorer on the inning with 18 runs to his name.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, whereas, Shivam Mavi and Abhishek Sharma struck twice in the inning. Anukul Roy took one wicket.

Earlier, Pakistan qualified for the semi-final after defeating South Africa by three wickets chasing down a small total of 190.

The young Pakistan team will be hoping to replicate their senior team’s performance of Champions Trophy final against India.