Indian colts are the New ICC World Cup Champs
Indian cricket teams both seniors & juniors made public of India happy with a good wins on a super Sunday. First the Indian seniors who beat Australia in CB Tri Series, SCG, Australia and then Indian Under-19 cricket team won the ICC World Cup after eight years. A trilling 12- run victory was registered over the South Africa in a rain affected final in Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 2nd March that is yesterday. Indian Under-19 team won this tournament for the second time, having captured the crown in 2000 in Sri Lanka under the captaincy of Md. Kaif.
India was first put into bat and wicket was more suited to bowlers. India was bowled out for 159 in 45.4 overs, but Indian bowlers came to the party and restricted the South Africans to 103/8 in 25 overs after the target was adjusted to 116 because of rain delay. It was unfortunate that South Africans loss the game so closely.
Man of the match was given to Ajitedh Argal who turned the match for India by taking 2 early wickets. His quota was reduced to five overs due to the rain interruption. Ravinder Jadeja (2-25) & Siddarth Kaul (2-26) also bowled superb line & length to keep the South African batsman in check & did not allow them to score freely.
Reeza Hendricks (35) and Wayne Parnell (29) were the main batsmen who scored for the South Africans but they were also not allowed to score freely by the tight line of the Indian bowlers. Chasing 160 for victory in 50 overs, Proteas were 17 for 3 in 18.4 overs when rain interrupted. R Henricks was batting on 7 while J Vandiar, the other batsman on crease, was yet to open his account. The target was revised later to 116 in 25 overs according to the D/L formula.
India’s batting collapsed to the disciplined South African bowling and agile fielding. India was dismissed for just 159 in 45.4 overs. The top scorer was Tanmay Srivastava 46 (74 balls, 4×4, 1×6) and the remaining Indian batsman did not contribute much because of brilliant bowling of the Proteas. Wayne Parnell was the strike bowler for South Africans, he claiming two wickets conceding only 21 runs. Matthew Arnold and Roy Adams also scalped two victims apiece.
Tauwar Kohli (1) was first to go & then India lost 3 quick wickets. There were hardly any significant partnerships thereafter and the biggest partnership was worth only 47, between Srivastava and skipper Virat Kohli (19). But after that stand, wickets kept falling and the South African fielders kept them under pressure and affected two run-outs.
George Barnes the Proteas Wicketkeeper was at his best, claiming three catches and affecting a run-out. Indian team after scoring such a low score needed a special effort in the field to claim the World Cup. India did it in style and some credit goes to the team coach D Whatmore. He trained the team like an international team. During the presentations the rain came back heavily & the ceremony was finished off very quickly.
By Madhu Vamsi..