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India lift U-19 World Cup

India restrict South Africa, who were chasing a revised target of 116, to 103 for 8 emerging world champions after 8 years.

cricket Updated: Mar 03, 2008 09:04 IST

India regained the Under-19 Cricket World Cup crown after eight years with a close 12-run victory over South Africa in the rain-affected final in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

This was India's second triumph in the tournament's history after they captured the crown in 2000 in Sri Lanka. The win also exorcised the memories of the last edition when India went down to Pakistan in a low-scoring final in the same country.

Having been bowled out for 159 after being put in to bat, the Indian bowlers came to the party restricting the Proteas to 103 for eight in 25 overs with the adjusted target being 116.

The win was followed by scenes of great jubiliation as the players and the coaching staff, including coach Dav Whatmore, erupted in joy and were seen embracing and congratulating each other.

Man of the match Ajitesh Argal was the bowler who brought India back in the game taking two early wickets. But after his quota was reduced to five overs due to the rain, Ravinder Jadeja (2-25) and Siddarth Kaul (2-26) played their roles to perfection to keep the South African batsmen in check.

Reeza Hendricks (35) and Wayne Parnell (29) were the main scorers for the Proteas but they never managed to break free from the tight leash in which the Indians kept them.

Earlier, Tanmay Srivastava topscored with 46 as India struggled to a total which did not seem enough to give the South African colts a run for their money.

Meanwhile, BCCI chief Sharad Pawar announces reward of Rs 15 lakh per player of the Indian team which won the U-19 World Cup.

SCORECARD
India:
T Kohli c Malan b Parnell 1
SP Goswami c Hendricks b Arnold 6
TM Srivastava c Engelbrecht b Adams 46
V Kohli c Engelbrecht b Malan 19
S Tiwary run out (Barnes) 20
M Pandey c Barnes b Arnold 20
RA Jadeja c Vandiar b Vallie 11
Iqbal Abdulla run out (Malan) 9
P Sangwan c Barnes b Adams 13
S Kaul not out 1
AK Argal c Barnes b Parnell 1
Extras (lb 2, w 10) 12
Total (all out; 45.4 overs) 159

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-27, 3-74, 4-83, 5-120, 6-122, 7-137, 8-150, 9-158, 10-159

Bowling: WD Parnell 7.4- 2- 21- 2, M Arnold 10- 0- 30- 2, PJ Malan 9- 1- 23- 1, RA Adams 8- 0- 38- 2, MY Vallie 9- 0- 33- 1, SA Engelbrecht 2- 0- 12- 0.

South Africa:
PJ Malan c Goswami b Argal 2
JT Smuts run out (Goswami) 5
RR Rossouw c Jadeja b Argal 0
RR Hendricks c Goswami b Jadeja 35
JD Vandiar c Goswami b Jadeja 3
WD Parnell c Pandey b Kaul 29
RA Adams lbw b Iqbal Abdulla 1
BG Barnes b Kaul 19
M Arnold not out 1
Extras: (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (8 wickets; 25 overs) 103

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-6, 3-11, 4-22, 5-72, 6-75, 7-102, 8-103

Bowling: P Sangwan 5- 2- 14- 0, AK Argal 5- 2- 7- 2, RA Jadeja 5- 0- 25- 2, S Kaul 5- 0- 26- 2, Iqbal Abdulla 5- 0- 27- 1.


U-19 in Stats

Top 5 Batsman India U-19

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100 50

T Srivastava 6 6 262 83* 52.40 77.51 0 2
V Kohli 6 6 235 100 47.00 94.75 1 0
T Kohli 6 6 218 63* 43.60 54.77 0 3
S Goswami 6 6 152 58 25.33 53.33 0 2
S Tiwary 6 6 115 38 28.75 65.34 0 0

Top 5 Bowlers India U-19 (Upto rain interruption)

Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ

Iqbal Abdulla 6 5 30.0 2 104 9 3/2 11.55 3.46
A Argal 6 6 34.0 5 98 8 2/3 12.25 2.88
R Jadeja 6 5 37.0 3 107 8 3/23 13.37 2.89
P Sangwan 6 6 42.4 6 166 8 5/44 20.75 3.89
V Kohli 6 3 11.5 1 50 4 2/4 12.50 4.22