U-19 World Cup: India beat New Zealand by 9 runs, enter final

Beating New Zealand U-19 team by 9 runs in the semi-final, India have advanced to the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup, where they will take on Australia on August 26.

updated: August 23, 2012 17:12 IST
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Bangalore: India beat New Zealand by nine runs in the semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on Thursday, August 23, to book a date with Australia in the final.

Sent in to bat, India had a strong start, but the middle-order couldn't capitalize and New Zealand were set a gettable target of 210. However, a good bowling performance from India saw New Zealand fall short, in spite of batting for the full quota of 50 overs.

India got off to a good start, with Unmukt Chand and Prashant Chopra, the openers, putting 51. Connor Neynens bowled Chand (31) to break the stand, but Baba Aparajith came on to keep the scoreboard ticking, with the second wicket stand worth 81 runs. Chopra (52) departed, shortly after making a half-century, falling to Ed Nuttall in the 33rd over with the score at 132. Aparajith (44) followed him two overs later, falling short of a half-century when Ish Sodhi deceived him with his legbreak.

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