INDIA WIN A THRILLER IN MALAYSIA

India won the ICC U/19 World Cup with an all-round team display that just pipped South Africa in a gripping final at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. India made just 159 off 45.4 overs after being put in, due to some terrific South African bowling and fielding but came back strongly to have South Africa at 17 for 3 before a burst of heavy rain suspended play. Set a revised target of 116 in 25 overs, South Africa fell 12 runs short.

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Speaking after being presented with the U/19 World Cup by ICC President Ray Mali, winning captain Virat Kohli said "We had belief in ourself and we played as a unit and we have won. Everyone complemented each other. When the batsmen failed, the bowlers came to the fore," adding that the rain was "unfortunate" for South Africa. "I think the South Africans were marvellous. They played well. It was a dream final and we came out winners," he added.

ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana commented: "The standard of play and physical fitness in this tournament has improved immensely from previous years. Countries are taking this tournament very seriously. The bench-strength of the Test-playing countries is very strong - many of these U/19 boys have already played first-class cricket and most of them will end up playing for the national side. Fielding has improved tremendously all around and there are some very good quick bowlers on the map. Coaches all around the world are doing a wonderful job in bringing youngsters forward."

Defending Plate Champions Nepal were beaten in this year’s Plate Final by the West Indies.

Filed March 3 2008