Gill and Porel power India into World Cup final


India 272 for 9 (Gill 102*, Kalra 47, Shaw 41, Musa 4-67) beat Pakistan 69 (Nazir 18, Porel 4-17) by 203 runs

Shubman Gill converted his record sixth fifty plus score in Youth ODIs into a magnificent backs-to-the wall century to help India stroll into Saturday’s final against Australia in Mount Manganui. He was helped in no small part by Shivam Mavi and Prithvi Shaw, who pulled off outstanding catches at fine leg and slip respectively early in Pakistan’s chase of 273 to cause a stir they couldn’t quite recover from.

From 20 for 3, overcoming a relentless pace battery and a spin troika proved a task too steep. Ishan Porel, India’s third seamer, walked away with a commendable four-wicket haul as Pakistan were bowled out for 69. The defeat was Pakistan’s heaviest (in terms of runs) in a U-19 World Cup match.

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