India enter U-19 World Cup finals
Propped by an unbeaten ton by Cheteshwar Pujara, India registered a thumping 234-run win over England in the first semi-final.Updated: Feb 16, 2006 03:39 IST
Propped by an unbeaten ton by Cheteshwar Pujara, India registered a thumping 234-run win over England in the first semi-final of the under-19 World Cup cricket tournament here Wednesday.
After electing to bat first, the tournament favourites were given the initial thrust by a marauding Gaurav Dhiman (48) while Man of the Match Pujara (129 not out) was content to play the sheet anchor's role.
After a 72-run opening wicket partnership with Dhiman, Pujara was joined by Rohit Sharma (59) and the duo added 112 runs for the second wicket.
Pujara reached three figures for the first time in the tournament in this encounter. He had missed out with a 97 against West Indies in a previous tie.
With the assurance of a good total in sight, the Indians stepped up the scoring towards the end of the innings and ended at 292/4 with Mayank Tehlan (26 from 28 balls) and RS Jadeja (14 off 15 balls) playing neat cameos.
With a mountain to climb, England started disastrously, losing both openers with the score at 12. Abu Nechim Ahmed bowled a beautiful opening spell to send back four top order English batsmen.
England never recovered from the early blows and collapsed to 58 all out with just one batsman, GJ White, getting into double digits.
While Ahmed was the pick of the Indian bowlers - returning with figures of 4/14 - V Yomahesh and Bipinbhai Parmar picked up a couple of wickets each.
In the final that will be played here Sunday, India will take on the winners of Friday's semi-final between Australia and defending champions Pakistan.
First Published: Feb 15, 2006 21:02 IST