New Delhi:India won the ICC Youth World Cup 2008 in a sensational fashion at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Sunday night.
Having batted poorly and fielded sloppily, India still somehow trumped South Africa, winning a rain-hit final by 12 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India won the junior world cup for the second time. They had last won it in 2000 under the captaincy of Mohammad Kaif.
India had been bowled out for 159 having been asked to bat. But their seam bowlers responded promptly to leave South Africa stuttering at 17-3 in the ninth over.
That's when the rain came down. After a prolonged delay, the innings was reduced to 25 overs, the target revised to 116. It meant South Africa needed 99 from 98 balls to win the World Cup.
In a gripping climax, South Africa needed 19 from the last over by seam bowler Siddarth Kaul.
Kaul gave away a four off the first ball, but tightened the screws and took India home.
India were also the finalists in 2006, where they failed to chase Pakistan's 109 in the final in Colombo.
Earlier, India's innings failed to get going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. The batsmen, who had been in fine form throughout the tournament, chose an inopportune moment to go out of form.
Tanmay Srivastava scored 46 but the others failed to build on starts. The next highest was 20. For South Africa, the wickets were shared around.
India, while fielding, dropped two catches. Wicketkeeper Srivats Goswami, who has had a good tournament thus far, missed three stumpings with pressure mounting on both sides.
South Africa, on their part, kept getting out to poor shots. With boundaries difficult to come, India applied pressure on their batsmen to good effect and came out winners.