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Pakistan enters final

Moment to cherish: Ahmad Shehzad (left) celebrates with Hammad Azam who hit the winning runs against the West Indies.

Moment to cherish: Ahmad Shehzad (left) celebrates with Hammad Azam who hit the winning runs against the West Indies.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AFP

Inspiring show by all-rounder Azam

WELLINGTON: All-rounder Hammad Azam inspired Pakistan to a four-wicket win over the West Indies at Christchurch on Monday to book a place in the final of the under-19 cricket World Cup.

The second finalist will be determined after the other semifinal between Sri Lanka and Australia on Wednesday.

Pakistan won the toss and struck early with two wickets in the first four overs before West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite led the fightback as the Caribbean side posted 212 for eight in its 50 overs.

Brathwaite, who top-scored with 85 before he was run out, anchored the recovery with Andre Creary in a 101-run stand for the third wicket.

West Indies appeared to be in command when it tied down the Pakistan openers and had them at 49 for four after 20 overs.

But man-of-the-match Azam turned the innings around with a whirlwind 92 off 93 balls including 10 boundaries as Pakistan reached the target with 16 balls to spare.

Azam put on 90 in 19 overs in a fifth-wicket stand with Rameez Aziz (39) before adding 64 in nine overs with wicket-keeper Muhammad Waqas (29) for the sixth wicket.

India thumps England

Skipper Ashok Menaria shone with the ball (four for 35) while debutant Produturi Reddy (94) starred with the bat as India thumped England by seven wickets to stay in hunt for a fifth place finish.

The scores: Semifinal: West Indies 212 for eight in 50 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 85, Shane Dowrich 55, Andre Creary 41) lost to Pakistan 213 for six in 48.3 overs (Hammad Azam 92 n.o., Rameez Aziz 39).

Play-off: England 176 in 49.2 overs (Jos Buttler 78, Ashok Menaria four for 35) lost to India 179 for three in 36.4 overs (Produturi Reddy 94). — Agencies

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