• U-19 World Cup: Ali Zaryab, Musa steer Pakistan into semifinals

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    Pakistan outclassed South Africa to storm into the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup semifinals at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch today.

    The Green Shirts chased down a modest target of 190 with three wickets in hand, as man-of-the-match Ali Zaryab shone again with the bat, hitting a sure-footed 74 not out to take his team home.

    Pakistan restricted South Africa to 189-9 after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Shah Afridi were the most successful bowlers with three and two wickets each, respectively.

    Wandile Makwetu top-scored for the Proteas with 60.

     Both the teams had qualified for the quarterfinals with two victories and a defeat, but Pakistan emerged as winners of Group D, edging out Afghanistan on net run rate, while South Africa had to settle for second place in Group A after being beaten by New Zealand.

    After losing their opening fixture to Afghanistan by five wickets, Pakistan came back with a roar against Ireland, bundling out their opponents for 97 thanks to a brilliant spell by Shaheen Shah Afridi. The Green Shirts then chased down the target in just 8.5 overs, boosting their net run rate.

    They then sealed top spot in Group D with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a thriller.

    Pakistan are the third-most successful team in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup history, behind only India and Australia, having taken home the title twice, in 2004 and 2006.

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