Wellington: Pakistan colts beat India colts by 2 wickets in a thriller in New Zealand in a quarterfinal encounter of the ICC Under-19 World Cup quarterfinals here on Saturday.
Pakistan opted to bowl first in the match, which became a 23-overs-a-side affair due to overnight rain, and skittled India out for a paltry 114 for nine.
Chasing a competitive target of 115 for victory, Pakistan did not start well as they lost three wickets early.
Needing 4 runs in the last overs with 3 wickets in hand, Pakistan lost a wicket, but Raza Hasan hit the third ball of the last over to the boundary to seal the match in their favour.
Needing 12 off 16 balls, Azam ensured a Pakistani victory with a couple of fours and some swift running between the wickets even as wickets fell around him.
Earlier, put in to bat, Indian innings was off to a disastrous start as they lost Rahul Kannaur off the very first ball of the match when Pakistan's wrecker-in-chief Fayyaz Butt castled him.
Harpreet Singh (14), captain Ashok Menaria (15), Manan Sharma (16) chipped in with some valuable contributions as the Indian boys posted a competitive total of 114 in allotted 23 overs.
Like India, most of the Pakistani batmen failed to deliver in a rain-curtailed 23-over-a-side match.
Pakistan will now take on the West Indies in the first semi-final on Monday. The West Indies beat England by 18 runs in the other quarterfinal.
India: 114 for nine in 23 overs (Mandeep Singh 40, Fayyaz Butt 4/27)
Pakistan: 117 for 8 in 22.3 overs (Ahsan Ali 30, Rameez Aziz 28, Jaydev Unadkat 2/26).