Yashasvi Jaiswal ton against Pakistan in U-19 World Cup ‘a dream come true’

The teenager also picked up a timely wicket and was deservedly named the Man of the Match.

With a six over deep mid-wicket, Yashasvi Jaiswal steered India to the final of the Under-19 World Cup and completed his century in style against Pakistan, as they went down by 10 wickets at Potchefstroom in South Africa on Tuesday.

The left-handed teenager scored 105* in 113 balls, hitting 8 fours and 4 sixes, at a strike rate of 92.92, and put on an unbeaten 176 for the first wicket with Divyaansh Saxena.

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

In the Under-19 World Cup so far, Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored 312 runs at an average of 156, having been dismissed only twice. His century was his third straight fifty-plus score in the tournament and his fourth in five matches.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan crumbled for 172 despite stabilising after the fall of two early wickets. They were at 96/2 in the 26th over when Yashasvi Jaiswal dismissed Haider Ali for 56, ending a 62-run partnership that had started to threaten India.

That wicket triggered a collapse as Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for just 76 runs. Yashasvi Jaiswal, a North Mumbai Panthers pick in the T20 Mumbai league, ended with figures of 1/11 in his three overs.

With a modest total to chase, India started steadily. The 50-run stand came in the 14th over with Yashasvi Jaiswal cracking a boundary off Qasim Akram towards cover to bring up the milestone.

Yashasvi Jaiswal was steadily improving his scoring rate as the innings progressed. From a patient 27 runs in 46 balls, he raced to his 50 in 66 deliveries, again with a four towards mid-wicket off Mohammed Amir Khan.

The singles kept on streaming in till the 28th over before Yashasvi Jaiswal decided to up the tempo with two cracking fours in the subsequent over.

In the 31st over bowled by Abbas Afridi, the southpaw smashed two successive sixes as he lay his claim on what would eventually translate into a ton.

When he reached his hundred early in the 36th over, it meant he had hammered 42 runs in the last 24 balls he faced, steering India to the final of the U-19 World Cup with just under 15 overs to spare.

“We were talking about how we needed to stick at the wicket. They bowled well initially and we wanted to ride that out. We knew we could dominate them after that,” explained Jaiswal, who was named Man of the Match.

The final of the Under-19 World Cup will be played between India and the winner of the second semi-final between New Zealand and Bangladesh that will be played on Thursday.

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