India U19 Captain’s Gesture Wins Hearts As SA Players Break Down Post Loss

Feb 7, 2024

India U19 captains' gesture wins hearts as South African players feel dejected after defeat

Uday Saharan hugs Juan James after U19 World Cup semi-final© Twitter

India's Under-19 team stood firm despite all the challenges on Tuesday and defeated South Africa to enter the final of the ongoing Under-19 World Cup. The Uday Saharan-led team entered a thrilling semi-final against the host team and emerged victorious by two wickets. Batting first, South Africa scored a total of 244/7 runs in 50 overs. Later, India lost four wickets in quick succession but captain Uday (81) and Sachin Dhaas (96) stitched a solid partnership to bring their team back into the game.

Like the Senior Men's ODI World Cup 2023, the Proteas team lost in the semi-finals and were eliminated from the tournament. There was an atmosphere of celebration in the entire Indian camp after the match but the situation was completely opposite for the host team as the result brought tears to the eyes of their players.

However, a great moment of 'spirit of cricket' was also seen when India captain Uday went and hugged and consoled his counterpart Juan James. This emotional moment took all the fans by surprise.

Talking about the match, India invited South Africa U19 team to bat first. Luan-Dre Pretorius (76 runs in 102 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes) and Richard Seletswain (64 runs in 100 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes) scored important half-centuries. South Africa scored 244/7 runs in 50 overs.

Raj Limbani (3/60) was the best bowler for India. Musheer Khan (2/43), Soumya Pandey (1/38) and Naman Tiwari (1/52) were also among the wicket-takers for India.

Chasing the target of 245 runs, India was reduced to 32/4. But Dhas (96 runs in 95 balls with the help of 11 fours and one six) and captain Uday (81 runs in 124 balls with the help of six fours) made a brilliant partnership of 172 runs for the fifth wicket to bring India back into the game. helped. Although India lost three wickets towards the end, Limbani (13*) maintained composure and won the game for India to clinch another final.

(With ANI inputs)

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