India vs South Africa Live Score, U19 World Cup semi-final 2024: SA look to get close to 250

India vs South Africa Live Score, U19 World Cup semi-final 2024: A relentless Indian attack have made it difficult for South Africa to score

India vs South Africa Live Score, U19 World Cup semi-final 2024: South Africa then took the upper hand for a brief period thanks to opener Lhuan-dre Pretorius but spinners Musheer Khan, Murugan Abhishek and Priyanshu Moliya then came in and strangled them in the middle overs. India never took the foot off the pedal and kept the pressure on the hosts throughout their innings. South Africa are now trying to get as close to 250 as possible.

The boys in blue have not just won every match they have played, they have blown their oppositions out of the park, winning three of the games by more than 200 runs. They are hence hot favourites to beat hosts South Africa and continue their hunt for a sixth title. Defending champions India have marched on into the semifinals on the back of five consecutive wins in the tournament, with their exciting talent putting up a fine all-round show to ensure their dominance.

Across departments, it will be tough to point out a singular force behind India’s juggernaut, particularly in last few games. If the batters have buried the opponents under a mountain of runs, the bowlers have delivered wins that have exceeded a minimum of 130 runs in terms of margins. Besides India’s winning run, their recent success against South Africa also makes them favourites to book a place in the final, which could witness a possible blockbuster India-Pakistan clash.

Pakistan will take on Australia in the second semifinal here at the Willowmoore Park. Before embarking on the World Cup campaign, India had crushed South Africa in two consecutive ODIs of the Tri Nation Series while chasing, something which will give the Saharan-led side confidence.

However, the knockout games bring a different kind of pressure and the first semifinal could be a battle between India’s in-form batters and the on-song South African pacer Kwena Maphaka. With three five-wicket hauls in five games, Maphaka has not only topped the charts among bowlers with 18 scalps but he has single-handedly set up South Africa’s commanding wins in last two games. The left-arm pacer ran through Sri Lanka with 6/21 in South Africa’s last Super Six game.

Here are some highlights around the IND vs SA U19 World Cup semi-final:

– South Africa scored 244/7 in 50 overs

– India are yet to be beaten in the tournament, having dominated the group stage and Super Sixes

– South Africa lost one match against England in the group stage

– Musheer Khan is the highest scorer in the tournament with 334 runs

– South Africa’s Kwena Maphaka is the highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps

– India are the most successful team in the history of the U19 World Cup with five titles

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