indian captain Uday SaharanA patient innings of 81 took his team to the brink of victory, before being run out with the scores level, a decisive four by Raj Limbani on the next ball sealing victory.
After South Africa scored 244 runs for seven wickets, Saharan and Sachin Dhas (96) played a vital role in saving India from the critical situation of 32 runs for four wickets by making a vital partnership of 171 runs for the fifth wicket.
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Reflecting on his partnership, Saharan stressed the importance of taking the game deep while showing resilience under pressure.
South Africa's leading wicket-taker in the tournament, star left-arm fast bowler Kwena Mafaka, posed a threat by dismissing Dhash and Avnish Araveli in his final spell. However, 19 runs were needed with three overs remaining mafaka And Tristan Luus had completed his scheduled overs.
Despite valiant efforts from Mafaka (3/32) and Luus (3/37), South Africa's other bowlers failed to make an impact, allowing India to clinch a closely contested win.
The semi-finals were India's first instance of being tested in the tournament, having won their previous matches by large margins.
Team India is now waiting for the winner of the second semi-final between Pakistan and Australia, the final will be held at Willowmoor Park on Sunday.
As the quest for a record-extending sixth U19 World Cup title continues, India's victory serves as a testament to their grit and determination on the global stage.
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(With inputs from AFP)