Bowlers helped India maintain their winning streak with a 69-run victory over New Zealand in the ICC Under-19 World Cup cricket.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
Dhaka:Bowlers came to the fore to help India maintain their winning streak with a 69-run victory over New Zealand in the ICC Under-19 World Cup cricket. Rudra Pratap Singh, Abhishek Sharma and Praveen Gupta picked two wickets each as India bowled out the Kiwis for 146 in 44.5 overs in reply to a modest target of 216 in a Group 'C' match at the Bangabandhu Stadium. New Zealand were at one stage 94 for two and then 132 for four before their batting collapsed. Delhi's 18-year old Abhishek Sharma (2-33) ended the 68-run second wicket partnership between wicketkeeper batsman Bradley Watling and Brad Wilson by having the latter caught by Sunny Singh. Watling's calm 55 from 121 balls and Wilson's supportive 30 from 52 balls belied the disaster that lay ahead for the Kiwis. Praful Waghela dismissed captain Daniel Flynn for a first ball duck before seamer Rudra P Singh (2-23) and the 17-year old left-arm spinner Gupta (2-17) broke the back of the Kiwi batting. Watling and Sam Mackay (19) put up 32 for the fifth wicket but the former's run out by Suresh Raina signalled the doom as the last six wickets fell for 14 runs in the space of eight overs. (PTI)