India qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket, after an enthralling encounter at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Queensland, Australia on Monday
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan were two wickets down after only five balls as India's fast bowler Ravi Kant Singh removed Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq in the very first over.
However, captain Babar Azam held firm as wickets tumbled around him.
Azam found an able partner in Umar Waheed as the two then added 55 runs to stabilise the innings.
But Azam fell at a crucial stage, caught at mid-wicket off spin bowler Baba Aparajith for 50.
With the captain dismissed, Pakistan's hopes of posting a sizeable target was gone and it was left to Ehsan Adil to add some invaluable runs at the end.
Adil clouted couple of sixes towards the end - as Pakistan ended their innings on 136.
The Indian innings began in familiar fashion to their opponents.
Three quick wickets had fallen with only eight runs on the board.
Zia-ul-Haq removed the talented Ukmukt Chand for a duck and immediately had Vihari caught in the slips for a duck.
But Baba Aparajith hung in and got his team's chase back on track with a composed fifty.
Aparajith perished with India on 120 for six - and soon it became 127 for nine.
It was left to the calm Harmeet Singh to hit the winning runs - and spark scenes of delirious celebrations from the Indian team.
India beat Pakistan by one wicket in ICC U19 WC quartersTuesday, August 21 2012