U19 World Cup: Afridi, Zaryab Steer Pakistan to Semifinal

CHRISTCHURCH PakistanU19 team has beaten South AfricaU19 in a crunch encounter by 3 wickets to qualify for the tournament’s semifinal round.

The match was played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch today.

Pakistan captain Hassan Khan won the much-needed toss and opted to field. Bowlers backed skippers’ decision and bowled splendidly well to restrict Protease to 189/9. Wandile Makwetu top-scored for the Proteas with 60.

Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Musa took three wickets apiece.

Green Shirts then chased down the modest target at the lose of 7 wickets with 13 balls in hand.

Opener Ali Zaryab was picked Man of the Match for the second consecutive time in the tournament for his brilliant innings of 74*.

Pakistan and Australia are only two sides to reach semifinals so far with Australia set to play the first semi on January 29. Pakistan will play it semifinal on January 30. The opponent teams for both games are yet to be decided.

Pakistan have taken the title twice, in 2004 and 2006.

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