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All-round India dismantle Pakistan with 10-wicket win
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All-round India dismantle Pakistan with 10-wicket win

India have decimated Pakistan by an emphatic margin of 10 wickets to storm into the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

An immaculate performance from the bowlers was followed by a superb batting display from India's opening batters as they cruised to the target with over 14 overs to spare.

Yashasvi Jaiswal headlined India's dominance with a stunning century, smacking four sixes and eight boundaries along his belligerent run-spree.

Following a sedate start, Jaiswal and Divyaansh Saxena picked up the scoring rate with a slew of aggressive strokes that extinguished Pakistan's hopes of defending the paltry total.

Amidst the intense build-up to the high-voltage fixture, the lopsided contest rarely sprang to life as India outwitted their archrivals from the get-go.

Barring a couple of half-centuries from Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali, there appeared no signs of resistance from the Pakistan camp.

Their batters capitulated against the feisty charge led by India's relentless three-pronged pace attack.

Sushant Mishra provided India the initial breakthrough, choking Pakistan's flow of runs in the Powerplay with nagging lines.

Fahad Munir's 17-ball struggle at the crease for no run was then ended by spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who induced the false stroke from the fidgety left-hander by tossing the ball in his arc.

The two early wickets immediately pegged back Pakistan but skipper Rohail and opener Haider tried weathering down the storm with a patient approach to building a partnership.

Although the scoreboard kept ticking in the presence of the two individuals, India kept applying pressure by refusing to adopt a complacent attitude in the field.

India captain Priyam Garg gambled on the part-time off-spin of Jaiswal to give his team an opening into Pakistan's middle-order just when the opposition threatened to take control of the proceedings. This move paid off with a lapse of concentration ensuring the untimely demise of Haider.

Soon, Pakistan's innings unravelled in a spectacular manner and they were bundled out for 172 in 43.1 overs.

India, the record four-time winners of the underage competition, began their chase of the modest target cautiously.

The slow nature of the playing surface made it hard for new batsmen to instantly launch a freewheeling batting exhibition. Jaiswal and Saxena thus bided their time before they overpowered Pakistan with ease.

Jaiswal, the hero of India's superlative chase, later remarked his unbeaten century in the semi-final was a highlight of his nascent playing career.

"It's a dream come true for me. To be able to do this for my country is a great feeling. To score a hundred against Pakistan in a World cup semi-final is something I can't put into words," he said.

"They bowled well initially and we wanted to ride that out and we knew we could dominate them after that."

Yet to make his international debut, the youngster has already bagged a lucrative IPL deal and validated his highly rated credentials with a terrific knock against Pakistan on Tuesday.