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Australia edge Pakistan, to face India in final


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U-19 World Cup

Benoni, Feb 8: Tom Straker’s six-wicket haul and Harry Dixon’s fifty inspired Australia to a tense one-wicket victory over brave Pakistan in the semifinal here on Thursday, setting up their ICC Under-19 World Cup final against defending champions India.
The summit clash will be played at the same venue on Sunday. Pakistan made a below par 179, built around two half-centuries by Arafat Minhas (52) and Azan Awais (52) as they struggled against pacer Straker (6/24).
Despite having their own struggles against spirited Pakistan bowlers, the Aussies managed to reach 181 for 9 in 49.1 overs to seal the final berth with Dixon (50, 75b, 5×4) and Oliver Peake (49, 75b, 3×4) leading their chase.
While India will be playing their ninth title match, the Aussies are appearing in their sixth final. India have won a record five titles while Australia have bagged three titles, and the last time the Yellow Brigade lifted the trophy was in 2010 with a win over Pakistan. That edition was held in New Zealand.However, Australia’s win was anything but smooth as a bunch of determined Pakistan bowlers made them stretch for every single run. Australian openers Dixon and Sam Konstas (14) added 33 runs but they lost four wickets while adding 26 runs in 6.2 overs that pushed them into a tight corner before they manage to win. (PTI)


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