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Cricket rules India on Sunday

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 2 :It was a historic day for Indian cricket as both senior team and under team-19 team brought laurels to the country.

Indian senior team crushed Australia to win the first final of the Commonwealth tri-seried on Sunday at Sydney, while India under 19 cricket team continued their unbeaten run in the series as they beat South Africa by 12 runs to become world champions.
Indian bowlers first blew the South African top order away and then, after heavy rains had reduced the match to 25 overs, held their nerves to win their second Under-19 World Cup. Chasing a revised target of 116 in 25 overs for victory, the Proteas could manage to score 103 for the loss of 8 wickets. Needing just 19 runs to win off the last over, S Kaul restricted SA to just seven runs.

After dismissing India for 159, South Africa batted like they were caught in the headlights, failing to get the ball off the square and losing three wickets in the first 8.4 overs before rain intervened. That meant they were left with a tall order of scoring 99 off 98 balls when play resumed.

Reeza Hendricks and Wayne Parnell batted better after the break, but despite two dropped chances and a missed stumping, they couldn't hit too many boundaries on the damp outfield.

Hendricks and Parnell added 50 for the fifth wicket in 57 balls, but Hendricks fell at a crucial juncture for 35 off 43. South Africa, at that time, required 44 off five overs.

After Ajitesh Argal's two wickets at the start of the innings, left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Iqbal Abdullah struck at regular intervals to peg South Africa back.

They conceded only 12 off their final overs, leaving Siddharth Kaul 19 runs to defend in the last over.

Bradley Barnes paddled the first ball past short fine-leg for four, but the next five deliveries yielded only two as South Africa lost by 12 runs.

Earlier, India were bowled out for a paltry 159 in 45.4 overs against South Africa in the final of the under-19 World Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

Tanmay Srivastav was the top scorer for India with 46. For South Africa, Wayne Parnell, Matthew Arnold and Roy Adams picked up two wickets each.
South Africa captain Wayne Parnell"s decision to field seemed to strike the right cord as his bowlers provided the team with early breakthroughs.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Sunday, March 2, 2008, 21:00 [IST]
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