U19 World Cup: Uday Saharan in action.© Twitter
India captain Uday Saharan on Tuesday said emerging victorious from a closely contested semi-final against South Africa will be of immense benefit to his team in the ICC Under-19 World Cup title clash on Sunday. India, who had a good run in the tournament so far, had to fight till the end to beat South Africa by two wickets in the last four match to book a place in the final against Pakistan or Australia on Sunday.
“It's a great feeling to reach the final. We got the experience of close matches and it will be good in the final. We don't let the morale in the dressing room go down at all – our atmosphere and the coaches are with us.” Brilliant,” Saharan, who was later named man of the match, told the host broadcaster.
Saharan (81) and Sachin Dhas (96) made a brilliant partnership of 171 runs for the fifth wicket and saved India from the critical situation of 32 runs for four wickets while chasing the target of 245 runs.
The right-handed player said that he was not under pressure at any time.
He said, “Yes, at one time we were far behind. But we kept saying that we have to bat till the end. It was a matter of partnership.”
Saharan said that the pitch became easier to bat on during India's innings.
He said, “When I came to bat, the ball was moving a little and there was good bounce. But later it (the ball) started coming on the bat better.”
South African captain Juan James admitted he struggled to break up partnerships between Dhoni and Saharans.
“When they were batting, when we had four of their wickets down, Uday and Sachin batted really well. That's something we have struggled with throughout the tournament (breaking partnerships),” James said. But we never gave up.”
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