Red-hot India will be favorites to make it to the summit clash of the ongoing Under-19 World Cup when they take on hosts South Africa in the first semi-final in Benoni on Tuesday. Defending champions India enter the semi-finals on the back of five consecutive wins in the tournament, with their exciting talent producing excellent all-round performances to ensure their dominance. It would be difficult to point to a single force behind India's victories in all departments, especially in the last few games.
If the batsmen have buried the opponents under a mountain of runs, the bowlers have delivered a minimum win of more than 130 runs in terms of margin.
With two centuries and a half-century, the 18-year-old Musheer Khan In this edition, he tops the list of highest run-scorers by scoring 334 runs in five matches at an average of 83.50.
India's captain is the hottest Uday SaharanWho has set an example of scoring 304 runs at an average of 61.60 with two fifties and one century.
Sachin Das He gave a good example of himself by scoring 116 runs in India's last Super Six match against Nepal when his team was in a difficult position at 62 for three.
So far, each of India's opponents have found it difficult to score runs thanks to India vice-captain and left-arm spinner Soumya Kumar Pandey, whose impressive economy rate of 2.17 has helped him take 16 wickets with three fours, Due to which he is at third place in the list. One of the most successful bowlers of this World Cup.
Pandey's ability to contain the opposition batsmen with powerful lines and lengths in the powerplay has allowed India to dominate proceedings with the ball in hand.
Apart from India's win, their recent success against South Africa also makes them favorites to make the final, which could witness a potentially blockbuster India-Pakistan clash.
Pakistan will take on Australia in the second semi-final at Willowmoor Park here.
Before starting the World Cup campaign, India had defeated South Africa in two consecutive ODI chases in the Tri Nation Series, which will give confidence to the Saharan-led side.
However, knockout games bring a different kind of pressure and the first semi-final could be a battle between India's in-form batsmen and on-song South African fast bowlers. quena mafaka,
With three five-wicket hauls in five matches, Mafaka has not only topped the list of bowlers with 18 wickets, but he has single-handedly ensured South Africa's impressive victories in the last two matches. The left-arm fast bowler took 6 wickets for 21 runs against Sri Lanka in South Africa's last Super Six match.
Teams (from): India: Uday Saharan (captain), Arshin Kulkarni, Adarsh SinghRudra Mayur Patel, Sachin Das, Priyanshu MoliaMusheer Khan, Aravelli Avneesh Rao (wicketkeeper), Soumya Kumar Pandey, Murugan Abhishek, Inesh Mahajan (weekend), Dhanush Gowda, Aaradhya ShuklaRaj Limbani and Naman Tiwari.
South Africa: juan james (C), esosa aihewba, raik danielsquena mafaka, Dewan Marais, Nqobani Mokoena, riley norton, Romashan Pillai, Sifo Potsen, Ntando Zuma (weekend), luan-dre pretorius (weekend), Richard Seletswen, steve stoke, david teeger, oliver whitehead,
Time: 1:30 pm IST.
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