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<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> South Africa beat Pakistan by 98 runs on the basis of Duckworth Lewis method in the second semifinal to meet India in the final in the Under 19 World Cup

Updated: March 01, 2008 18:40 IST
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South Africa crushed defending champions Pakistan by 98 runs in a rain-hit semi-final on Saturday to set up a title clash with India in the under-19 World Cup here.

Pakistan, set a revised target of 252 in 47 overs in a match spread over two days due to bad weather, were shot out for 153 to dash their hopes of a third successive title in cricket's premier junior event.

Off-spinner Mohammad Vallie lifted South Africa home with 4-25 as opener Ahmad Shehzad played a lone hand for Pakistan with a fluent 60 containing six boundaries and a six.

Proteas captain Wayne Parnell and Roy Adams chipped in with two wickets each as Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 67 runs.

The day-night final will be played at the Kinrara Oval on Sunday with a reserve day set aside in case forecast of heavy rain over the next 24 hours materialises.

The semi-final was carried over to a second day after rain on Friday brought play to an early end with Pakistan on 86-2 from 18.5 overs in reply to South Africa's challenging 260-8.

Pakistan, who won the 2004 and 2006 events, were unlucky to bow out after needing only five runs in seven balls if the stipulated 20 overs had been bowled on Friday.

When play finally began late by two hours and 20 minutes on Saturday due to a wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain, Pakistan made a worst possible start.

Umar Amin, who was on 22 overnight after sharing a 69-run stand for the third wicket with Shehzad, fell first ball to a brilliant piece of stumping by wicket-keeper Bradley Barnes.

Barnes collected a delivery from Pieter Malan bowled wide down the leg-side and whipped off the bails with left-handed Amin short of his crease.

Pakistan lost their fourth wicket soon after when Ali Asad was given out leg-before to Adams by Sri Lankan umpire Tyron Wijewardene even though the ball appeared to pitch outside the leg stump.

South Africa removed danger man Shehzad and Umair Mir in the space of three balls to leave Pakistan in tatters at 124-6 in the 30th over.

Shehzad miscued a lofted on-drive off Adams to point and Mir was bowled by Vallie for no score.

Vallie also took three of the last four wickets to seal Pakistan's fate.

South Africa's innings on Friday had revolved around half-centuries from Jon Smuts (58), Rilee Rossouw (53) and Jonathan Vandiar (50).

Smuts and Rossouw put on 91 for the second wicket after Malan had fallen for 15 in the eighth over, caught behind off seamer Ali Asad.

South Africa, who were comfortably placed at 219-4 in the 45th over, lost three wickets for seven runs before Reeza Hendricks smashed an unbeaten 27 off 17 balls to lift his team past the 250-run mark.

Pakistan captain Imad Wasim was the most successful bowler, claiming 3-44 with his accurate left-arm spin. Seamer Mohammad Rameez and Shahzad picked up two wickets each.

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