Pakistan has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2024 ICC U19 World Cup after a thrilling victory against Bangladesh by five runs in their second Super Six match in Benoni, South Africa.
Joining India, Australia, and South Africa in the final four, Saad Baig and his team delivered an impressive performance, defending a modest score of 155. Seventeen-year-old Ubaid Shah shone once again, claiming five wickets, while Ali Raza contributed with three crucial dismissals. Mohammad Zeeshan secured the final wicket, securing Pakistan’s victory over Bangladesh.
Having maintained an unbeaten record throughout the tournament with five wins, Pakistan defeated Afghanistan, Nepal, and New Zealand in the group stage, followed by convincing victories against Ireland and Bangladesh in the Super Six stage.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first, sending Pakistan in to bat. Despite a strong start from Shahzaib Khan and Shamyl Hussain, Hussain fell victim to a delivery from Rohanat Doullah Borson that sharply deviated and hit his off stump. Despite reaching 50/1 by the end of the first Powerplay, Pakistan faced a middle-order collapse, losing their sixth wicket at 89.
The Bangladeshi bowlers, led by Borson and Sheikh Jibon, proved effective in dismantling Pakistan’s batting lineup. However, Ubaid Shah’s impressive bowling performance, claiming four crucial wickets, helped Pakistan regain control.
Bangladesh’s chase saw contributions from Shihab and debutant Mahfuzur Rahman, but Pakistan’s bowlers, including Ali Raza, ensured Bangladesh fell short of the target. Despite a valiant effort from Borson and Maruf Mridha, Pakistan emerged victorious.
Pakistan will face South Africa in the semi-finals, while India will take on Australia in the next stage of the tournament.