India hammered archrivals Pakistan by 203 runs in the ICC U19 World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, with batsman Shubman Gill and medium pacer Ishan Porel setting up a mammoth 203-run win and India's record sixth entry into the final of the tournament, where this time they will face Australia.
Gill scored a 94-ball 102* to guide India to 272/9, after which Porel took 4/17 to lead the rout that saw Pakistan being bowled out for just 69 with more than 20 overs left to play.
"It was a good performance from everyone... we did a really good job," captain Prithvi Shaw said after the victory.
The victory led to euphoria all around, especially on Twitter where former players and fans queued up to congratulate the team, its two match-winners and the coach Rahul Dravid.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 30, 2018
What an incredible performance by the Under 19 boys. Mighty impressed with the fielding and not giving Pakistan even an inch. As comprehensive as it gets. Best wishes for the finals #INDvPAK
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 30, 2018
A comprehensive, surgical win for the Indian U-19 team against Pakistan! Gear up for the finals against the Aussies now! And must mention #RahulDravid for the wonderful job he is doing for the future of Indian cricket! #INDvsPAK #U19CWC
— Akshaye Rathi (@akshayerathi) January 30, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 30, 2018
Shubman Gill's 102 not out is the first ever century in India-Pakistan contests in the U19 World Cups. Previous highest: 85* by Salman Butt at Lincoln in 2002. #U19CWC
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 30, 2018
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 30, 2018
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) January 30, 2018
It was the Pakistan youth team's third-lowest total on record, underlining the batting woes of a team that failed to score more than 200 during the tournament in New Zealand. Poor fielding also undermined Pakistan's chances as they missed on seven run-out attempts.