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Australia Edges Out Pakistan to Reach U19 World Cup Final

In a thrilling encounter that went down to the wire, Australia emerged victorious over Pakistan by one wicket in the semi-final of the 2024 U19 World Cup. This victory sets up a final showdown with India on February 11.

The match saw an exciting chase as Pakistan staged a strong comeback led by Ali Raza and Arafat Minhas. However, Australia managed to edge past Pakistan by the narrowest of margins.

Following India’s strategy in the first semi-final, Australia also chose to bat second. Captain Hugh Weibgen’s decision was backed by a strong performance from his bowlers. The Australian bowlers managed to break the steady start of Pakistan’s Shahzaib Khan and Shamyl Hussain. Tom Straker, the first change bowler, ended the partnership, and Callum Vidler claimed the crucial wicket of Shahzaib Khan.

Pakistan faced further challenges in the second Powerplay. Straker secured his second wicket, and Raf MacMillan dismissed Ahmad Hassan. Despite these setbacks, Azan Awais and Haroon Arshad attempted to shift the momentum with a fifth-wicket partnership. However, Australia regained control when Mahli Beardman dismissed Arshad.

Awais and Minhas held their ground, picking up the scoring rate and adding 50 runs between overs 31-40. However, Straker struck again for Australia, breaking the key partnership and leading to Pakistan being bowled out for 179. Straker finished with impressive figures of 6/24.

In response, Harry Dixon and Sam Konstas provided a steady start for Australia. However, Ali Raza struck back for Pakistan at the beginning of the second Powerplay. Australia suffered further setbacks with the dismissals of Hugh Weibgen and Harjas Singh.

Despite these losses, Dixon and Ollie Peake rebuilt the Australian innings with positive strokeplay. Dixon reached his half-century, but was soon dismissed by Arafat Minhas. The arrival of Tom Campbell facilitated a left-right batting combination, bringing Australia closer to their target.

However, Pakistan fought back with Minhas dismissing Campbell and Raza removing Peake. The game was evenly poised with Raza’s double-wicket final over bringing Pakistan within one wicket of reaching the final. However, Raf MacMillan remained composed and guided Australia to victory in the final over. This thrilling victory sets up a final clash between Australia and India on February 11.

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