India vs South Africa: India win by 2 wickets to enter the U19 World Cup Final for the record fifth time

Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas led India to the final of the U19 World Cup 2024 after beating South Africa in a dramatic semi-final clash.
U19 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas put on a crucial 171 for the fifth wicket
U19 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas put on a crucial 171 for the fifth wicketImage - ICC/Getty

India created history as they defeated Proteas to enter the finals of the Under-19 World Cup for the record 5th time. India's young star Sachin Dhas played a magnificent inning of 96 runs while skipper Uday Saharan played a mature knock of 81 to ensure India's victory after a poor start in the semi-final of the ICC U19 World Cup 2024.

U19 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas put on a crucial 171 for the fifth wicket
Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas guide defending champions into final of Under 19

While chasing the low target, Team India had a shaky start but a record-breaking partnership between Sachin Dhas (96) and skipper Uday Saharan (81), rescued India from a losing position to win the game for the Men In Blues.

South African opener, Pretorius provided his team with a good start but Indian spinners Musheer Khan, Murugan Abhishek, and Priyanshu Moliya delivered a sensational performance as the South African batters started collapsing like a pack of cards.

However, South Africa became the first team in the tournament to surpass the 170-run mark against India, ultimately posting a total of 244/7 in the 50 overs. Team India has dominated the campaign so far, victorious in three games by margins of over 200 runs.

India didn't have a solid start while chasing as they were left hanging at the score of 32 after losing four wickets. But, the skipper stood strong alongside Sachin Dhas and constructed a huge partnership of 171 runs to lead India to victory. They snatched away a certain victory from the mouth of Proteas to enter the finals of the U19 World Cup 2024.

South Africa skipper Juan James praised the partnership of India’s Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas.

“They bowled really well. When they were batting when we had them four down, Uday and Sachin batted really well. The thing that stands out most for me is never giving up. I want to thank everyone for coming out for every single game,” the Proteas' skipper said.

U19 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas rescued India from 32 for 4
U19 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: Uday Saharan and Sachin Dhas rescued India from 32 for 4Image - ICC/Getty

Uday Saharan won the man of the match award for his match-winning inning and said, “I kept believing in myself. I was just thinking that I would play until the end. It was just a matter of one partnership and then the match would be ours. I just kept thinking I have to stay until the end,” at the post match presentation.

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