This Last-Wicket Stand Will Go Down in History! Australia Books World Cup Final Spot

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AustraliaU19 World Cup Final Berth with Last-Wicket Thriller over Pakistan

Heart-stopping drama unfolded in Benoni as Australia edged past Pakistan by a single wicket in the second U19 World Cup semi-final. Chasing a modest 180, the Aussies nearly squandered their advantage before a last-wicket stand stole victory from the jaws of defeat.

Pakistan‘s batting faltered on a tricky surface, despite half-centuries from Azan Awais and Arafat Minhas. Tom Straker emerged as the wrecker-in-chief, claiming a six-wicket haul to restrict the Asians to 179.

Australia’s chase began smoothly, anchored by fifties from Harry Dixon and Oliver Peake. However, a dramatic collapse saw them lose five wickets for just 18 runs, leaving them staring down the barrel at 164/9.

Enter the unlikely heroes: Raf MacMillan and Callum Vidler. The young duo displayed nerves of steel, stitching together a match-winning 17-run partnership to steer Australia home with five balls to spare.

Pakistan‘s Ali Raza (4/34) had threatened to single-handedly turn the tide with his late burst, but his efforts proved in vain.

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