India defeated Nepal by 132 runs to enter U19 World Cup semi-finals

Contrasting centuries from Sachin Dhaas and captain Uday Saharan were the two pillars on which India registered a stunning 132-run win over Nepal in their final Super Six Group 1 match, which also took them to the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup . Here on Friday.

Dhas (116, 101 balls) and Saharan (100, 107 balls), who added 215 runs in 202 balls, took India from a difficult score of 62/3 to a strong score of 297/5 after electing to bat first. .

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The tournament favourites, now on eight points, restricted the Himalayan nation to 165 for nine and in the semi-finals, India are set to take on South Africa in Benoni on Tuesday.

However, Nepal made a strong start in their chase and scored 65 runs for 1 wicket in the 14th over, but lost six wickets for 12 runs and their score was 77 runs for 7 wickets in the 28th over.

Left-arm spinner Soumya Pandey, who now has 16 wickets and is second in the list of highest wicket-takers of the tournament, started the collapse with figures of 10-1-29-4.

The only ray of hope for Nepal was the unbroken partnership of Akash Chand (18 not out) and Durgesh Gupta (29 not out) for the last wicket, which added 45 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.

Before Pandey came on the scene, new bowler Raj Limbani started the fall by dismissing Deepak Bohra, who scored 22 runs off 42 balls.

Bohara tried to hit a big shot but fell victim to the fast pace and gave an easy return catch to the bowler.

Pandey soon joined the party.

First, he dismissed Uttam Magar (8), who was struggling to find the gap and fell while finding the fielder at mid-on while attempting an attacking shot.

After this, Pandey clean bowled Arjun Kumal (26) and bowled the best ball of the match. The delivery, which had some bounce, went straight inside the off-stump.

The Nepali batting order continued to falter due to the constant pressure.

After being 77/7 in 27.5 overs, captain Dev Khanal delayed the inevitable by scoring 33 runs from 53 balls.

But India also struggled to settle the issue at this stage which could have seen them win the event by a 200+ margin for the fourth time in a row.

The Indians also had an injury scare as regular wicketkeeper batsman Aravali Avneesh had to go out with a right hand injury as Inesh Mahajan kept the wicket intact.

Earlier, India got off to a bright start with Adarsh ​​Singh scoring 21 runs in 18 balls before falling prey to Gulson Jha's short ball tactics.

Singh caught a ball on the leg side to wicketkeeper Magar, giving Nepal the lead in the first powerplay.

The Indian team became more troubled with the dismissal of Arshin Kulkarni (18) and Priyanshu Molia (19) within three balls.

However, the momentum changed dramatically with a game-changing partnership between captain Saharan and Dhaas.

Saharan took the innings forward by playing the second innings with aggressive bats.

Promoted to No. 5 due to the loss of early wickets, Dhas dominated the day with his controlled but aggressive batting.

In previous matches, Dhas has batted lower down the order, either at number 6 or 7, which limited his opportunities to express himself.

However, today Dhas made his point from the beginning.

The Maharashtra player showed a keen eye for picking out specific bowlers to score his runs and loose balls to target vacant areas on the field.

Playing positively, he took control of the situation, scoring around the wicket and keeping the opposition bowlers at bay.

He carried on with his innings beautifully and completed his first half-century of the tournament in just 50 balls.

Off-spinner Khanal tried to stop the blow by pulling his length back, but the batsman displayed his clean hitting skills with a powerful pull shot for a six over wide long-on.

Dhas played a brilliant inside-out shot against off-spinner Bhandari and with the boundary his score reached 99 runs.

On the very next ball, he brilliantly pushed the ball towards long-on and completed his century, which came in 93 balls.

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