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JJ Smuts

JJ Smuts works the ball through point in his innings of 58 at Kinrara Oval © Getty Images

India must wait to discover the identity of their opponents in the final of the Under-19 World Cup after South Africa’s clash with Pakistan was held up by rain.

The encounter will be completed on the reserve day on Saturday after the weather intervened 18.5 overs into Pakistan’s reply at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

Pakistan will resume on 86 for two chasing 261 for victory, setting up the prospect of a thrilling finale to the second semi-final.

South Africa’s total of 260 for eight was built around half-centuries from JJ Smuts (58), Rilee Rossouw (53) and Jonathan Vandiar (50), while Reeza Hendricks smashed an unbeaten 27 off 14 balls late on.

Pakistan captain and slow left-armer Imad Wasim returned figures of 3-44 for Pakistan, and there were two wickets apiece for Mohammad Rameez and Ahmad Shazhad.

Ahmad Shazhad

Ahmad Shazhad took two wickets before making an unbeaten 40 © Getty Images

Shazhad was 40 not out when Pakistan’s run-chase was curtailed by a heavy downpour, having helped his side recover from 15 for two.

The match will resume on Saturday morning, although the winners will have less than 24 hours to prepare for Sunday’s final. India, on the other hand, go into the showpiece event not having played since Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Ireland booked their place in the Plate Championship final courtesy of a 69-run win over Bermuda.

The minnows were bowled out for 167 in reply to Ireland’s 236 for seven at Johor Cricket Academy, leg-spinner Greg Thompson taking 5-26 to earn the match award ahead of James Hall, who hit 75 off 82 balls for Ireland.

The match was also notable for Ireland opener Chris Dougherty knocking over the stumps with his bat after he was bowled by Rodney Trott for 25.

Dougherty was found guilty under Level 1 of the International Cricket Council code of conduct, although he escaped with a reprimand from ICC match referee Mike Procter.

Ireland meet Zimbabwe in the final of the Plate Championship - a competition for the sides finishing in the bottom two during the group stages of the tournament - at the same venue on Saturday.

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