U-19 WC, India vs Pakistan: Shubman Gill hits century against Pakistan, breaks a world record

Pakistan need 273 runs to win the U-19 World Cup semi-final clash against India

U-19 batsman Shubman Gill smashed 102* off 94 balls against Pakistan in a high-voltage semi-final clash during the ongoing  U-19 World Cup at Christchurch on January 30. Following his unbeaten knock, Shubman has now became the first Indian U-19 player to hit a century in a World Cup game against arch-rivals Pakistan.

On his way to his historic maiden ton of the tournament, he broke a U-19 World record by becoming the only batsman to hit 6 consecutive half-centuries in the U-19 World Cup history. He pipped Upul Tharanga, Xavier Marshall, Gaurav Dhiman, Matthew Breetzke and Ryan Higgins to make the record his own.

The 18-year-old from Punjab became a crorepati just a couple of days ago when Kolkata Knight Riders got the youngster onboard for Rs 1.8 crore at the recently concluded IPL Auction. This just goes to show how hard work and talent gets rewarded, no matter what.

The youngster from Fazilka already has scores of 63, 90*, 86 and now 102. He finally remained unbeaten. Well, he got to his ton of the penultimate ball, which also happened to be a no-ball.

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Earlier, India U-19 batted first and got off to a solid start, thanks to Prithvi Shaw (41) and Manjot Kalra (47). After the openers were dismissed it was Shubman Gill who took charge and India notched up a healthy 272 runs for Pakistan. Anukul Roy scored 33 which was also crucial as that gave Gill company which was essential from the Indian point of view at that stage.

If India wins this match, they enter the final where they will lock horns against a formidable Australian team which ousted Afghanistan in their semi-final clash. As we speak, the Pakistan chase has commenced and they have been reduced to 20 for 3 in 8 overs.