Benoni (South Africa): It will be an India-Pakistan semi-final at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. Pakistan reached back-to-back semi-finals at the tournament thanks to a confident triumph over Afghanistan.

A half-century by Mohammed Huraira after a disciplined bowling display by the Pakistan bowlers helped them set up a semi-final showdown with India with a thumping six-wicket win over Afghanistan at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.

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Pakistan restricted their opposition to 189 all out and chased down the target in 41.1 overs on Friday (January 31).

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The right-hander, playing his first game of the competition, struck 64 off 76 balls to anchor his team’s pursuit of 190 with relative ease as they raced over the line in the quarter-final meeting with 53 balls to spare.

Pakistan will now meet old rivals India in the first semi-final on Tuesday (February 4).

“The India-Pakistan rivalry has always been there,” Huraira said. “There will be a bit more pressure, but we’ll get used to it. Myself, should I play, I’ll try and play it like a normal game, and we look forward to it.”


Super League Semi Final 1: February 4 (Tuesday): India vs Pakistan, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Semi Final 2: February 6 (Thursday): New Zealand vs Bangladesh, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

15th Place Playoff: February 1: Nigeria vs Japan, Ibbies Oval, Potchefstroom

13th Place Playoff: February 1: UAE vs Canada, Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Playoff Semi Final 1: February 1: West Indies vs South Africa, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Playoff Semi Final 2: February 2: Australia vs Afghanistan, North West University Oval, Potchefstroom

11th Place Playoff: February 2: Scotland vs Zimbabwe, Diamond Oval, Kimblerley

Plate Final: February 3: Sri Lanka vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Scores in brief

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by six wickets, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Afghanistan 189 all out in 49.1 overs (Farhan Zakhil 40, Abdul Rahman 30; Mohammad Amir Khan 3/58) lost to Pakistan 190/4 in 41.1 overs (Mohammad Huraira 64, Mohammad Haris 29 not out; Noor Ahmad 2/22)