India, Australia and South Africa Seal Semifinal Spots at Under-19 World Cup

India, Australia and South Africa Seal Semifinal Spots at Under-19 World Cup

The semifinalists have been decided at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup after the final round of Super Six matches. Defending champions India, Australia and South Africa clinched their spots while a washed out game ended West Indies’ hopes.

India cruised to a 132-run win over Nepal as centuries from Sachin Dhas and Uday Saharan powered them to 297/5. Saumy Pandey then ripped through Nepal’s batting with 4/29 to bowl them out for 165/9.

Australia confirmed top spot in Group 2 despite a modest 227/8 against West Indies. Sam Konstas’ 89 rescued Australia from 87/5 before rain abandoned the match with West Indies struggling at 24/2.

South Africa thumped Sri Lanka by 119 runs thanks to Kwena Maphaka’s sensational 6/21. Riley Norton’s late 41 lifted South Africa to 232/8 before Maphaka and Norton dismantled Sri Lanka for just 113.

India have been in scintillating batting form, amassing huge totals through the tournament. Their deep pace bowling attack also gives them an edge. Australia and South Africa will back their balanced all-round strength.

The final between the semifinal winners takes place on February 5 in Antigua. India will face either Australia or South Africa, while the Aussies take on South Africa in the semis.

The Under-19 World Cup continues to showcase the next generation of talent. Youngsters like Dhas, Maphaka and Konstas have emerged as future international prospects after eye-catching performances.