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India squeaks past New Zealand to enter final of Under-19 World Cup

India squeaks past New Zealand to enter final of Under-19 World Cup

India reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup, defeating New Zealand by three wickets with nine balls to spare in a rain-shortened semifinal Wednesday.
Chasing a revised target of 191 from 43 overs, India overcame a middle-order collapse to squeak through in the 42nd over, thanks to Sreevats Goswami who made 51 and captain Virat Kohli who made 43.
Earlier, left-hand batsman Corey Anderson hit 70 off 68 balls to help New Zealand post a fighting 205 for eight in 50 overs at the Kinrara Oval in overcast conditions.
A downpour reduced India's playing time under lights, and the new target was set under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
India will meet the winner of Friday's second semifinal between defending champion Pakistan and South Africa in the title match Sunday. India had finished second, losing to Pakistan in the last Under-19 World Cup played in Sri Lanka two years ago.
India suffered an early hiccup, going down 40 for 2 when opener Taruwar Kohli (10) was out in the 7th over and Tanmay Srivastava (13) in the 14th over.
Srivastava, who is a strong contender for a place in the national side, was dismissed by an eye-popping catch at mid-on by Anderson, who dived to his wrong side on the left and snapped the ball in the air. Srivastava had played a stylish drive off India-born Anurag Varma that went a tad high.
However, Goswami and Kohli shared an 84-run partnership for the third wicket to steady the innings but a middle-order collapse saw India slipping from 150 for three to 183 for seven.
With hopes of a victory fading, Saurabh Tiwary hit an unbeaten 29 to lead the side through. He also hit the winning two runs off spinner George Worker.
New Zealand had also started its innings disastrously, going down 29 for two by the 12th over.
Skipper Kane Williamson (37) and Fraser Colson (32) shared a 57-run stand for the third wicket when Kohli, bowling seam and off-spin alternately, dismissed both batsmen in successive overs.
At this stage New Zealand was stumbling at 90 for 4 in the 29th over before 17-year-old Anderson rescued his side, hitting four sixes and six fours.
He was dismissed by Srivastava in the 49th over, which ended a seventh-wicket stand of 58 with Michael Bracewell.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:27 GMT+08:00