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Pak blank India, retain U-19 World Cup

Indian U-19 team, set a measly target of 109 by Pakistani counterparts, collapsed to 71 all out in 18.5 overs.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 21:50 IST

Anwar Ali Khan wrecked havoc with a five-wicket haul as Pakistan retained the ICC Under-19 World Cup with a 38-run victory over India in a low scoring final on Sunday.

After being bundled out for 109 in 41.1 overs, Pakistan relied on pacemen Anwar Ali Khan (5/35) and Akhtar Ayub (3/9) to clinch a remarkable victory at the R Premadasa Stadium.

The Indians had no answer to the pace and prodigious movement generated by the opposition bowlers to fold up for a paltry 71 in just 18.5 overs.

Piyush Chawla, who was India's bowling hero with 4/8, was also the highest scorer with an unbeaten 25 as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

The Indian reply got off to the worst possible start with Gaurav Dhiman being bowled off the first ball of the innings by Jamshed Ahmed.

The side had hardly recovered from the shock when Anwar Ali sent back player of the tournament Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Tehlan in the next over.

Skipper Ravikant Shukla and Debabrata Das followed soon after to leave India at an scarcely believable 9 for six at the break.

Chawla then tried to salvage the situation, first with Rajinder Jadeja and then through a 39-run eighth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Pinal Shah.

But once that pair was separated, it did not take long for the Indian tail to cave in.

Earlier, Chawla and Jadeja (3/16) gave an exemplary display of spin bowling to bundle the Pakistanis for just over the three figure mark.

The two virtually ran through the opposition line up to set up what looked like an easy asking rate of 2.2 for victory. Rameez Raja was the highest scorer for Pakistan with 25.

In fact, had it not been for the 19 extras conceded by the Indians, the Pakistanis would have faced the ignominy of being bowled out for less than 100.

Pakistan got off to a reasonable start as Nasir Jamshed and Ali Khan put on 24 runs before V Yomahesh provided the breakthrough.

But thereafter they kept losing wickets and ended up with a total which did not seem competitive at first.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 109 all out in 41.1 overs (Rameez Raza 25; P Chawla 4/8, R Jadeja 3/18)

India 71 all out in 18.5 overs (P Chawla 25 not out; Anwar Ali Khan 5/35, Akhtar Ayub 3/9).

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 20:22 IST