Along with a final berth, India’s batsmen have ticked off one more box, as they now have a centurion amongst them at the on-going World Cup. Prithvi Shaw came close against Australia earlier, before the hero of the semi-final Shubman Gill notched up an unbeaten century at the Christchurch’s Hagley Oval cricket ground.
Riding Gill’s impressive knock, India posted a healthy 272 for 9 in their innings, which turned out to be more than enough. Shubnam is also the first to score a century in this fixture in the history of the U19 World Cup overtaking Salman Butt’s unbeaten 85 in 2002.
The semi-final win in Christchurch also marks a hat-trick of wins against the arch-rivals in the U19 World Cup. India have beaten them in 2012, 2014 and now in 2018, while Pakistan beat India on four consecutive occasions at the competition in the years 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.
India who batted first in the match, were given a solid start as skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra shared an 89 run partnership. After that it became the Gill show as the Pakistan bowlers were made to work hard.
Gill who has been picked up the Kolkata Knight Riders has been in brilliant form in New Zealand, scoring three half centuries alongside his century. His man of the match award in the semi-final is also his third of the competition.
Shubman completed his ton off 93 balls and registered the third fastest century by an Indian in an U19 World Cup. Gill stands behind Rishabh Pant’s 82 ball century against Namibia and the fastest of the lot, which was by current Indian captain Virat Kohli in 2008 when he scored his century of just 73 balls against West Indies.
First Published: January 30, 2018, 12:09 PM IST