India survived a significant scare within the first semifinal of the continued ICC Males’s U19 World Cup 2024 on Tuesday (February 6) as they pipped South Africa at Willowmoore Park in Benoni to advance to their fifth-consecutive World Cup ultimate and ninth total.
India’s skipper Uday Sharan (81 off 124 balls) performed a pivotal position alongside Sachin Dhas (96 off 95 balls) in securing a hard-fought win which appeared unlikely at one’s stage once they had been decreased to 32/4 whereas chasing 245.
Participant of the Match, Saharan, disclosed that regardless of being nicely behind at one level, he knew that “it was a matter of 1 partnership”.
“It’s a nice feeling to achieve the ultimate. We obtained a style of shut video games, and that might be good within the ultimate. We do not let the morale get low within the dressing room in any respect — the environment and coaches are excellent,” Saharan instructed the host broadcaster.
“Sure, we had been nicely behind at one level. However we stored saying that we’ve to bat until the tip. It was a matter of 1 partnership,” he added.
Saharan, 19, additionally talked about that the wicket turned conducive for batting throughout the later half of India’s innings and it will definitely helped.
“After I walked into bat, the ball was nipping a bit, and there was bounce. However later it (ball) began coming onto the bat higher.”
Then again, the South African skipper Juan James acknowledged that the 171-run stand between Saharan and Sachin for the fifth wicket (India’s highest-ever fifth-wicket stand in U19 Males’s cricket World Cup historical past) took the sport away from their grasp.
“After they had been batting, once we had them 4 down, Uday and Sachin batted very well. That is one thing we have struggled with the entire match (breaking partnerships). However we by no means gave up,” stated James.