Youth World Cup: India win tense semifinal

In rain-hit game, a late collapse causes stutter before India beat New Zealand in the U-19 World Cup semifinals.

updated: February 28, 2008 15:01 IST
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New Delhi:

India won a tense semifinal, charged up by the rain in the air and the shock from a late collapse during their chase.

In a rain-curtailed game, India chased a revised target of 191 in 43 overs against New Zealand in the Youth World Cup semifinal at Kuala Lumpur's Kinara Oval.

India looked up for it, until three wickets fell quickly towards the end and made things very interesting. But India knocked off the runs to win by three wickets.

Srivats Goswami and captain Virat Kohli did the bulk of the scoring. Goswami, the wicketkeeper opening batsman, made a steady 51 (76 balls, 5x4). Kohli came in, with India's run rate having stalled around the half-way mark. His brisk 43 (55b, 5x4) provided the go-ahead to the innings.

Earlier, New Zealand had made 205 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to Corey Anderon's fiery 70 (68 balls, 6x4, 4x6).

The wickets were shared by India's bowlers. S Kaul, Virat and Tanmay Srivastava took two apiece.

India were 24-1 in the eighth over when the rain came down. After an interruption of about 40 minutes, India were set the revised target.

Virat and Goswami were taking India home when both perished within 25 runs of each other.

Kiwi wicketkeeper Michael Guptill-Bunce, who had dropped a couple of catches in the innings, produced some gems. With three successive catches, India were suddenly 7-183, having being at 4-177 at one stage.

But Pradeep Sangwan, the Delhi pace bowler, and Saurabh Tiwary of Jamshedpur knocked off the runs.

India will now play the winner of the next semifinal, between South Africa and Pakistan.