Wednesday 27 February 2008 

India Survive Late Southee Burst To Claim Final Place

New Zealand 205-8 (Anderson 70)
India 191-7 (Goswami 51) in 41.3 overs

India won by 3 wickets (D/L) and advance to the final

The first semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia saw India overcome a late burst of two wickets from Tim Southee to beat New Zealand by three wickets on Duckworth/Lewis method.

The Indians looked to be cruising towards an adjusted target before Southee removed Manish Pandey (18) and Ravindra Jadeja (one) while Trent Boult set up a frantic finish by removing Abdullah Iqbal for two.

In the end, Pradeep Sangwan hit the winning runs after Shreevats Goswami had hit 51 from the top of the order.

But for an innings of 70 from Corey Anderson from number six in the order, the Indians would have rolled the Kiwis for far less.

As it was, there were two wickets for Siddharth Kaul, captain Virat Kohli, and Tanmay Srivastava.

India will play the winner of Friday's second semi-final between Pakistan and South Africa.

In the other play-off games today, West Indies beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets and England, chasing 242 to beat Sri Lanka, were 204 for three when rain stopped play, which meant they were awarded the win by eight runs when the Duckworth/Lewis was applied.



West Indies v PNG

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