U19 World Cup 2024: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas’ record partnership against South Africa takes India to the final

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In a heart-stopping encounter at Benoni on Tuesday, Sachin Dhas and Uday Saharan showcased exceptional resilience, steering India to a nail-biting victory against South Africa and securing their fifth consecutive berth in the ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup final.

Sachin Dhas and Uday Saharan took India out of trouble

Facing a daunting task after a fiery opening spell from the Proteas pacers, Tristan Luus and Kwena Maphaka, left India reeling at 32 for 4. Dhas and Saharan orchestrated a record partnership for the fifth wicket, tallying an impressive 171 runs to guide India in their pursuit of a challenging target of 245. With nerves of steel, the duo exhibited contrasting but equally impactful half-centuries, with Dhas crafting a fluent 96 runs off 95 deliveries, adorned with 11 fours and a maximum, while captain Saharan contributed a crucial 81 runs off 124 balls, featuring 6 fours.

Indian bowlers restrict South Africa to 244/7

India’s victory was shaped significantly by their bowlers earlier in the match, who managed to restrict the 2014 champions, South Africa, to a total of 244 for 7 on a pitch that offered substantial assistance. Despite a valiant effort from wicketkeeper-batsman Lhuan-dre Pretorious, who scored 76 runs off 102 balls, and Richard Seletswane‘s gritty 64 off 100 deliveries, South Africa’s innings fell short in challenging the visitors.

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Here’s how cricket world reacted to India’s thrilling win over South Africa:

The match, characterized by thrilling twists and turns, showcased the determination and grit of both teams, with India ultimately emerging triumphant in a closely contested battle. With this victory, India solidifies its status as a powerhouse in U19 cricket, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated final showdown in the prestigious tournament.

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