India’s tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semi-finals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here today.

After dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 136, India made rough weather of a small target as they were reduced to 127 for nine in 41 overs after being in a comfortable 124 for six at one stage.

It was a nerve-wrecking final 25 minutes as Mumbai lad Harmeet Singh and number 11 Sandeep Sharma from Punjab held their nerve to eke out a narrow one-wicket win with two overs to spare at the Tony Ireland Stadium here.

The two tail-enders played out seven overs to score the remaining 10 runs as the Pakistanis applied pressure with their fielders closing in.

The victory came when Harmeet pulled Mohammad Nawaz towards the square-leg boundary to score two runs and take India to the victory target.

The victory shot triggered off scenes of wild celebration in the Indian camp as his teammates rushed onto the field to hug him.

India will now take on New Zealand in their semi-final on August 23. New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in the other quarter-final match.

(This article was published on August 20, 2012)
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