India U19s (248/8) overpower South Africa U19s (244/7) by 2 wickets in a thriller to win the first Semi-Final of ICC U19 World Cup 2024

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India U19 take on South Africa U19 in first semifinal of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024 today. The match is taking place at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Team India have been spotless in this tournament, winning all their matches to come to semifinals. But this is the game that matter. In front of them are South Africa who have not done anything wrong either in this tournament. SA will be led by Juan James and will be tough to beat in this game.

India will hope some of their performers raise their game in this big match as well. Musheer Khan is the top-scorer in this tournament so far with 334 runs in 5 matches and captain Uday Saharan is right behind him with 304 runs in same number of matches. India will hope these guys come good in the knockout clash today.

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Squads;

India U19
Squad: Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Priyanshu Moliya, Uday Saharan(c), Sachin Dhas, Musheer Khan, Aravelly Avanish(w), Murugan Abhishek, Raj Limbani, Saumy Pandey, Aaradhya Shukla, Ansh Gosai, Dhanush Gowda, Naman Tiwari, Rudra Patel, Prem Devkar, Mohamed Amaan, Innesh Mahajan

South Africa U19 Squad: Lhuan-dre Pretorius(w), Steve Stolk, David Teeger, Richard Seletswane, Dewan Marais, Juan James(c), Romashan Pillay, Riley Norton, Tristan Luus, Nqobani Mokoena, Kwena Maphaka, Martin Khumalo, Oliver Whitehead, Sipho Potsane, Ntando Zuma, Raeeq Daniels

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In pursuit of glory: South Africa U19s ‘relishing the occasion’ of a home U19 World Cup semi-final

Former South Africa spinner and current U19 bowling coach, Paul Adams, feels that playing the semi-final of an ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup on home soil is a great occasion for his side.

In the history of the tournament, South Africa have won the title only once in 2014 under the leadership of current star batter Aiden Markram. They finished as runners-up in 2002 and 2008, and reached the semi-finals in 1998 and 2012.

It is only for the third time that South Africa are hosting the tournament, presenting a golden opportunity for the Junior Proteas to secure their first-ever title win on home soil.

“The South African camp is very excited to be playing a semi-final in their country,” remarked U19 bowling coach Paul Adams in an exclusive interview with ICC Digital.

“It's a great occasion and I think one where every boy that is playing here and everyone that's involved is relishing the occasion.”

South Africa will be facing India in the first semi-final at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park on Tuesday, 6 February. India have won this competition on a record five occasions and are also the defending champions, having claimed the title after beating England by four wickets in Antigua in 2022.

In this edition too, India enter the semi-final stage with an unbeaten streak, having won every game during the Group Stage and Super Sixes.

Adams admitted that the team has kept a close eye on their opposition and they are prepared to enter the big clash with the label of 'underdogs.'

“Yeah, we had a look at India, how they've been playing, how they've gone through the tournament. So, they look unchallenged, and it (semi-final) is going to be a pressure game,” he said.

“Have they (India) been put under pressure? We played them in the tri-series before the World Cup and also there was not much pressure on them, but we've had moments where we've looked and seen that we were playing well up against them. So all expectations are up for India. We'll come in as underdogs and look to play hard up against them,” he added.

Adams highlighted India’s impressive accuracy with which they bowled in both the Group and Super Six stages in Bloemfontein, emphasising the need for his players to tackle their opponents' bowling strategies, highlighting the batting friendly conditions of Benoni.

“I think they (India) bowled well in Bloemfontein in their pool games and they've been very accurate,” Adams said.

“So, for me, that shows a lot of predictability on how they bowl, and it's us for to understand how we're going to score off their accurate bowling, and their good balls and make sure we just get into good positions and we look to to stick it over. Benoni wicket is generally a good one-day wicket, good for scoring as well."

India have an effective spin-bowler in Saumy Pandey, who has taken most wickets for the Asian side so far with 16 scalps at 6.62. He has claimed four-wicket hauls thrice in the tournament and has been one of the most damaging bowlers, consistently taking wickets.

Despite the threat that Pandey possesses, Adams admitted that his team is more focused on dealing with the skills of the opposition’s bowlers collectively rather than one individual.

“I think their general spin attack is quite good. They offer off-spin and left-arm spin. So that's going to be the options we look at, we don't really look at the individual, just more with the skill and what they bring, and then make sure our batters are planning and visualising who they're up against and make sure they understand the spaces they need to hit and also where their boundary options are if they get stuck," Adams said.

Getting an opportunity to be a part of the Proteas U19s, Adams shared that the best part of his job is working with the young talents and watching their growth.

“My aspect of coaching is I enjoy seeing young men growing the game," Adams said.

They are like sponges, they absorb every information and that gives me a lot of joy and you see them grow and just get better and better and get to their full potential. Some of them are only 17-18, at the start of their cricketing journey and we just are here along the way, just advising and see where they go.”

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India is going to win this one IMO. They have dominated every team big time and their batting line is top-class. Proteas has a potent bowling attack and that guy Kwena can rip apart this line up as well. COntest of the highest caliber at this level.
 
India U19 have won the toss and have opted to field

South Africa U19
(Playing XI): Lhuan-dre Pretorius(w), Steve Stolk, David Teeger, Richard Seletswane, Dewan Marais, Juan James(c), Oliver Whitehead, Riley Norton, Tristan Luus, Nqobani Mokoena, Kwena Maphaka

India U19 (Playing XI): Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Priyanshu Moliya, Uday Saharan(c), Sachin Dhas, Musheer Khan, Aravelly Avanish(w), Murugan Abhishek, Raj Limbani, Naman Tiwari, Saumy Pandey
 
Saf have two players who can win them game singlehandedly that is Maphakha and Steve Stolk , India will be relying on Musheer Khan to continue his consistent run and on Saumy Pandey to pickup wickets.
 
On paper Steve Stolk and Maphakha are better than any Ind 19 players by far and can singlehandedly turn the tides on their own.

Even though Musheer Khan scored more runs than Stolk but Stolk is on another level talent wise.
 
This WC has been dull because speed guns are not being used.
 
South Africa is pretty slow atm. Run-rate of just 4 as the score is 92/2 in 23 overs.

Really need to put their feet on paddle now.
 
good come back from them after being 2-46
they have set themselves up for a big finish with wickets in hand
Only thinks is taht Richard Seleswane is 20(58) going at a SR of 34 haha, a bit of a Shaizaib innings
 
If they manage 200 then it will be a good match considering Saf bowling attack and the pitch conditions doesn't look ideal for batting.

Yeah, also chasing in a semi final is always mentally tough
 
Score Updates

SA U19 156/3 after 39 overs against India U19 in the first Semi-Final of ICC WC 2024.
 
Very good total in Semi finals , it's practically SAF game to lose now, Semi Final pressure no outstanding talented batter in Indian side and to top of that Saf bowling attack is very potent. Will they remove the chokers tag today?
 
Bowl coming nicely off the surface , no demons on the surface , even Maphakha looking Okish apart from his first delivery.
 
Very odd technique from Arshin , he uses his front leg and hips to cover swing movement , can really cost him his wicket any time.
 
Very interested to see what super-hyped Arshin Kulkarni can do now.

India 45 overs: 10-2
 
Very interested to see what super-hyped Arshin Kulkarni can do now.

India 45 overs: 10-2
Really bad technique he’s got , any half intelligent captain will get him out by putting short leg and gully and invite him to use his leg
 
Never rated this INdian side. It is a miracle they have come this far. That shows how poor other sides are.
 
spicy pitch - surprised SAF scored 81 in last 10 after being 4 down . 32/4
 
RRR now 6 - good thing is the 2 opening pacers have bowled 6 each & will not return till 30th over . 55/4
 
The pitch is nothing like Pak vs BD pitch, still India got a chance , Saf 3rd and 4th pacers are not looking great.
 
It’s look like Sachin tendulkar and shiv sunder das made a baby and named him Sachin Das ☺️ , he is real treat to watch , definitely one for the future
 
pitch had bounce & movement when Ind pacers bowled full .

Seletswane at interval said very difficult pitch to bat ...​

A difficult pitch mean it has seam movement, which this pitch had none , new ball swings on every surface and there is no seam movement for any of the pacers bowled in this match , just extra bounce and that’s it
 
Now there is no swing and definitely zero seam and this is the reason Ind are scoring at 8 runs per over and Saf blasted 81 in last 10.
 
A difficult pitch mean it has seam movement, which this pitch had none , new ball swings on every surface and there is no seam movement for any of the pacers bowled in this match , just extra bounce and that’s it
Bishop said otherwise when Indian innings started btw ....
 
Excellent recovery - India now favourites to win this game
 
this is poor captaincy not bringing the main pacers even now - he wants to defend when under 60 needed - 110 from 117 needed
 
Sachin Dhas and Uday Sara have pstitched together a solid partnership!

Sachin Dhas has looked really really good 84(83)*
 
Lol hahahah chokers at it again even at u-19 level.
South Africa may never win any ICC tournament.
 
Maphaka is surely gonna play international cricket soon.
He is way ahead of others. He is ready for international cricket i think.
 
20 wickets in the tournament for maphaka.
Just phenomenal!!
He has attitude of a proper fast bowler.
 
India U19 need 21 runs in 24 balls. Only Maphaka stands in India;s way
 
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