India U19 Captain’s Gesture Wins Hearts As SA Players Break Down Post Loss


Uday Saharan hugged Juan James after U19 World Cup semi-final© Twitter

India U19 team stood tall against all the challenges on Tuesday as they defeated South Africa to enter the final of the ongoing Under-19 World Cup. The Uday Saharan-led side got engaged in a thrilling semi-final encounter against the hosts and emerged victorious by two wickets. Opting to bat first, South Africa posted a total of 244/7 in 50 overs. Later, India lost four wickets in quick succession but skipper Uday (81) and Sachin Dhas (96) stitched a solid partnership to bring their side back into the game.

Just like the senior men’s ODI World Cup 2023, the Proteas team ended up losing the semi-final and bowed out of the tournament. After the match, there were celebrations all over the Indian camp but the scenario was exactly the opposite for the hosts as the result left their players teary-eyed.

However, a great moment of the ‘spirit of cricket’ was also seen as India skipper Uday went and hugged and consoled his counterpart Juan James. This emotional moment left all the fans in awe.

Coming to the match, India put the South Africa U19 team to bat first. Lhuan-dre Pretorius (76 in 102 balls, with six fours and three sixes) and Richard Seletswane (64 in 100 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes) hit crucial half-centuries. South Africa made 244/7 in 50 overs.

Raj Limbani (3/60) was the pick of the bowlers for India. Musheer Khan (2/43), Saumy Pandey (1/38) and Naman Tiwari (1/52) also were among the wickets for India.

In the chase of 245 runs, India was reduced to 32/4. But Dhas (96 in 95 balls, with 11 fours and a six) and skipper Uday (81 in 124 balls, with six fours) helped India back into the game with a brilliant 172-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Though India lost three wickets towards the end, Limbani (13*) kept his nerves and won India the game, securing them another final.

(With ANI Inputs)


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