India beat Pakistan by one wicket in a tense quarter-final match to reach the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup on Monday.
Chasing 137 to win, India were cruising along despite losing three quick wickets early on. Everything was under control till Aparajith got out on 51. India were 120/6 when he got out. They needed just 17 more to win.
After Aparajith’s wicket India lost 3 quick wickets. At one point of time they needed 10 runs with just 1 wicket remaining.
But the last wicket pair of Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma clinched the match in their favour.
Earlier, India had a horrible start to the chase as they lost three wickets in the first 5 overs with just 8 runs on the board.
Opener Prashant Chopra (4), skipper Unmukt Chand (0) and Hanuma Vihari (0) got out cheaply.
Vijay Zol and Baba Aparajith ensured that India did not lose any further wicket as they took the team past 50-run mark. Vijay Zol finally departed for 36.
Aparajith, meanwhile, did not lose his cool as he completed a gritty half-century and took India close to victory.