S Africa down Pak in U-19 WC semi-final,to meet India in final

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Kuala Lumpur, Mar 1 (UNI) Dashing Pakistan hopes of their third title in row, South Africa defeated the defending champions by 98 runs in the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup here today.

Pakistan, who resumed at 86 for the loss of two wickets after rain stopped play yesterday, suferred an early setback when Umar Amin (22) was stumped out without adding to his overnight score.

The junior Proteas dealt their next blow to their opponents soon after as Ali Asad (5) was sent back by Adams as Pakistan toterred at 95 for four.

Shehzad (60) tried to stich together a partnership with Usman Salahuddin (16) but was thwarted by the South African bowlers as he and Umair Mir (0) were dismissed in consecutive deliveries.

The rest of the batsmen were unable to leave their mark as Pakistan lost their last four wickets in a space of 19 runs as their innings folded up for 153 runs.

M Vallie was the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets for 25 runs in his 8.3 runs.

South Africa will now face India in the final tomorrow.

Brief scores: South Africa: 260/8, 50 overs (JJ Smuts 58, Rilee Rossouw 53, Jonathan Vandiar 50, Reeza Hendricks 27 not out; Imad Wasim 3/44, Ahmad Shehzad 2/35) Pakistan: 153 all out 39.3 overs (Ahmad Shahzad 60, Umar Amin 22; M vallie 4/25) UNI XC AB PM1346

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