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Pakistan U19 Cricket Team Storms into World Cup Semi-Finals

In a thrilling encounter, Pakistan’s U19 cricket team has secured their spot in the semi-finals of the 2024 ICC U19 World Cup. The Boys in Green clinched a nail-biting victory over Bangladesh by a margin of just five runs in their second Super Six match, held in Benoni, South Africa.

This victory propels Pakistan into the final four of the tournament, joining the ranks of India, Australia, and South Africa. The team, led by Saad Baig, pulled off a remarkable win, successfully defending a modest total of 155 runs. Ubaid Shah, the 17-year-old prodigy, was instrumental in this victory, claiming five wickets, while Ali Raza contributed with three crucial dismissals.

The final wicket, which sealed Pakistan’s triumph, was taken by Mohammad Zeeshan, marking a significant win over the Bangladeshi Tigers. This victory maintains Pakistan’s unbeaten streak in the tournament, with five wins under their belt. The team had previously defeated Afghanistan, Nepal, and New Zealand in the group stage, and Ireland and Bangladesh in the Super Six stage.

The match began with Bangladesh winning the toss and opting to field first. Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Shahzaib Khan and Shamyl Hussain, showcased their aggressive batting skills in the initial overs. However, the Tigers made a strong comeback in the middle overs, led by Rohanat Doullah Borson and Sheikh Jibon, who dismantled Pakistan’s top and middle order.

Despite the setback, Pakistan’s Ubaid Shah staged a comeback, claiming two quick wickets upfront. The team’s bowling attack, led by Shah and Raza, managed to reduce Bangladesh to 83/6. Despite a valiant effort by Shihab and debutant Mahfuzur Rahman to rebuild the chase, Pakistan’s bowling attack proved too strong.

As the match neared its conclusion, a direct hit secured Pakistan’s ninth wicket at 127. Despite a spirited fight by Borson and Maruf Mridha for the final wicket, Mohammad Zeeshan dismissed Maruf, sealing Pakistan’s victory.

Looking ahead, Pakistan is set to face South Africa in the semi-finals, while India will take on Australia.

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