Ali Raza masterclass in vain as Australia U-19 enter their 6th final

Ivy Sarkar

Staging a comeback for Pakistan in the low-scoring contest, 15-year-old Ali Raza bowled a double-wicket maiden to turn the tie on its head.

Pakistan Under-19 | Sportz Point

However, Ali Raza's death-over heroics went in vain as Raf MacMilllan hit the winning runs in the 50th over to seal Australia's one-wicket win over Pakistan. 

Ali Raza | Sportz Point

Australia will meet defending champions India in the final on Sunday.

Tom Straker led the Australian bowling charge with a six-wicket haul to bowl Pakistan out for 179 in 48.5 overs.

Tom Straker led the Australian bowling charge with a six-wicket haul | Sportz Point

Azan Awais kept Pakistan breathing with a gritty half-century, but the menacing Straker broke through to really dent the opposition's chances.

At 5 down for 79, Pakistan needed a special partnership, and it came from a fifty-plus stand between Awais and Arafat Minhas. 

Azan Awais | Sportz Point

The Powerplay belonged to Australia as Straker took out Shamyl Hussain for 14 followed by Vidler removing Shahzaib Khan, who really struggled during his 30-ball stay for four runs. 

Australia Under-19 | Sportz Point

Spin was introduced in the form of Raf MacMillan and the off spinner took just two overs to get himself going. Pakistan lost half their side with Beardman cleaning up Haroon Ahmad. 

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