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JJ Smuts

JJ Smuts collects the match award for his decisive 58 © ICC

South Africa booked their place in the final of the Under-19 World Cup while ending Pakistan’s hopes of lifting the trophy for a third successive time.

The Super League semi-final was delicately poised when rain forced the match into a reserve day, with Pakistan needing a further 166 to win off 28.1 overs.

But, after resuming on 86 for two in pursuit of a revised target of 252 for victory in 47 overs, the reigning champions were bowled out for 153 with more than seven overs unused.

It added up to a resounding 98-run defeat - and a place for South Africa in Sunday’s final against India at the same venue.

Off-spinner Yaseen Vallie was the architect behind Pakistan’s downfall, taking 4-25 as the pre-tournament favourites lost their last six wickets for 29 runs.

Roy Adams returned figures of 2-22, captain Wayne Parnell having struck twice before rain arrived on Friday.

Sybrand Engelbrecht

Sybrand Engelbrecht takes the catch that wrapped up victory

Ahmad Shazhad, 40 not out overnight, made 60, but his dismissal signalled the beginning of the end for Pakistan as South Africa pressed home their advantage in ruthless fashion.

The match award went to JJ Smuts, whose 55 was one of three half-centuries in South Africa's total of 260 for eight.

West Indies lifted the Plate Championship after beating Nepal by seven wickets at Bayuemas Oval.

Nepal, winners of the Plate at the last World Cup two years ago, were bowled out for just 74 as Jason Dawes claimed 4-18 and Darren Bravo 2-8.

Bravo, the brother of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne, hit an unbeaten to carry his side home in little more than 14 overs.

Ireland recorded a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the Plate Championship play-off final at Johor Cricket Academy.

Andrew Britton's 4-14 haul helped limit Zimbabwe to 77 for nine in a match reduced to 27 overs per side, and James Hall followed up his innings of 75 in the semi-final against Bermuda with 33 off 29 balls.

Ireland reached their target with 3.4 overs to spare, securing a first win in their history over a full member of the International Cricket Council.

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