Benoni (South Africa): Four-time champions India will face arch rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, it was confirmed on Friday (January 31).

India had already entered the last-four stage of the tournament. Pakistan progressed to the semi-finals after defeating Afghanistan on Friday.

Also read: Virat Kohli-led India win another Super Over thriller

Pakistan’s victory was set up by their bowlers and batsman Mohammed Huraira. After restricting their neighbours to 189 all out, Pakistan easily scored the required runs. Huraira was named the Man-of-the-match in the contest played in Benoni, South Africa.

“The India-Pakistan rivalry has always been there,” Huraira said. “There will be a bit more pressure, but we’ll get used to it. Myself, should I play, I’ll try and play it like a normal game, and we look forward to it.”

India and Pakistan face off on February 4 while in the other semi-final, New Zealand will meet Bangladesh.

Fixtures

Super League Semi-final 1: February 4 (Tuesday): India vs Pakistan, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Semi-final 2: February 6 (Thursday): New Zealand vs Bangladesh, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

15th Place Playoff: February 1: Nigeria vs Japan, Ibbies Oval, Potchefstroom

13th Place Playoff: February 1: UAE vs Canada, Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Playoff Semi-final 1: February 1: West Indies vs South Africa, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

Super League Playoff Semi-final 2: February 2: Australia vs Afghanistan, North West University Oval, Potchefstroom

11th Place Playoff: February 2: Scotland vs Zimbabwe, Diamond Oval, Kimblerley

Plate Final: February 3: Sri Lanka vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Scores in brief

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by six wickets, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Afghanistan 189 all out in 49.1 overs (Farhan Zakhil 40, Abdul Rahman 30; Mohammad Amir Khan 3/58) lost to Pakistan 190/4 in 41.1 overs (Mohammad Huraira 64, Mohammad Haris 29 not out; Noor Ahmad 2/22)