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India scraped past rivals Pakistan to move into the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup.

Chasing 137, India made a disastrous start by slipping to eight for three before Baba Aparajith began the rebuilding effort with a 97-ball 51.

Vijay Zol also struck 36 in a 66-run stand, but Pakistan hit back impressively and India were eventually reduced to 127 for nine, with Zia-ul-Haq claiming 3-23 and Azizullah 3-30.

Yet Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma combined in the most crucial of 10-run stands for the last wicket as the former clipped over square-leg for two to seal a one-wicket victory.

Earlier, Ravikant Singh claimed 3-24 as Pakistan, for whom Babar Azam top-scored with 50, were dismissed for 136 in 45.1 overs.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam hit 50 for Pakistan, but India prevailed by one wicket to set up an Under-19 World Cup semi-final with New Zealand

In another scintillating encounter, Ish Sodhi held his nerve as New Zealand struck 18 in the last over to edge past West Indies in a last-ball thriller.

The Black Caps seemingly had little hope heading into the final act, only for Sodhi to hit a four and a six either side of two singles.

After taking two off the penultimate delivery, the number eight then found the boundary once again to end unbeaten on 22 - from 10 balls - and steer New Zealand to a three-wicket victory.

The chase was set up by Ben Horne's 59, while Robert O'Donnell and Cam Fletcher hit 42 and 49 respectively at Endeavour Park.

Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 53 and Akeal Hosein 54 as West Indies posted a competitive 237 all out after winning the toss.

Gloucestershire spinner Graeme McCarter took four wickets as Ireland beat Namibia by four wickets to set up a ninth place play-off semi-final with Sri Lanka, who demolished Nepal by eight wickets.

McCarter’s 4-32 off 10 overs helped limit Namibia to a below-par 128 for nine, number nine Christopher Coombe striking an unbeaten 28.

Despite Jason Davidson’s three-wicket haul, Ryan Hunter’s 42 off 37 balls at the top of the order helped set a platform for Ireland to complete victory inside 25 overs.

Tharindu Kaushal led the way for Sri Lanka with 3-13 off 4.3 overs to trigger a collapse that saw Nepal bowled out for just 79.

Shehan Fernando hit 47 off 48 balls to see Sri Lanka home in the 21st over.

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