Kuala Lumpur, Mach 1: India will meet South Africa in the final of Under-19 World Cup Cricket at Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
In the first semi-final today, South Africa defeated Pakistan by 98 runs. South Africa made 260 runs in fifty overs but, due to rain, Pakistan's target was reduced to 252 runs in 47 overs by Duck Lewis method. Chasing the victory target, Pakistan were all out for 153 runs in 39.3 overs.
South Africa prevented a repeat of the summit clash between India and Pakistan in 2006, with a convincing 98-run victory in a rain-affected semi-final in Kuala Lumpur.
South Africa's bowlers picked up 8 for 67 on Saturday after play was resumed on the reserve day because of a monsoon shower, which brought a halt to the game on Friday, with Pakistan on 86 for 2 in 18.5 overs.
The rain threatened to ruin play on Saturday as well for it had been pouring since the wee hours of the morning. On most grounds around the world, play would have been abandoned but the drainage at the Kinrara Oval is such that after the showers eased at 11.00 am local time, the ground staff had the ground ready for a 12.20 pm start. Pakistan needed 166 to win off 28.1 overs with eight wickets in hand at the start of play but South Africa's medium-pace attack bowled a tight line and length and four quick wickets irreparably damaged Pakistan's chances. The D/L target, which had to be kept in mind given the overcast conditions, spiralled out of control.
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad top scored with 60 for his side, while M.Y. Vallie picked up four wickets for 25.
India have already qualified for final defeating New Zealand by three wickets in the first semi-fnal played on the February 27.