Pakistan retain youth World Cup as Ali wrecks India
by AFP

Ground:R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Scorecard:India Under-19s v Pakistan Under-19s
Player:Anwar Ali
Event:ICC Under-19 World Cup 2005/06

DateLine: 20th February 2006


Fast bowler Anwar Ali grabbed three wickets in his opening over as Pakistan retained the under-19 cricket World Cup with a sensational 38-run win over India in the final here on Sunday.


The talented paceman finished with 5-35 off nine incisive overs as Pakistan defended their small total of 109 by bundling India out for a meagre 71 in the day-night match.


Pakistan, who won the Cup in Bangladesh two years ago, became the first team to defend the title.


None of the top-order Indian batsmen could read Ali, who swung the ball in at a lively pace to trap in-form opener Cheteshwar Pujara leg-before and then rattled the stumps of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Tehlan in his first over.


Ali was brilliantly supported by left-arm seamer Jamshed Ahmed, who bagged two wickets in his first two overs to reduce India to 9-6 in just 3.2 overs.


India could never recover from the horror start despite a fighting 39-run stand for the eighth wicket between Piyush Chawla (25 not out) and Pinal Shah (16), the only two batsmen to reach double-figures in a dismal performance.


Fast bowler Akhtar Ayub claimed the last three Indian wickets to spark celebrations in the Pakistani camp.


India, unbeaten and untested in the tournament before this match, were let down by batsmen after their spinners Piyush Chawla and Ravi Jadeja had done a commendable job to restrict Pakistan.


Leg-spinner Chawla finished with 4-8 off 8.1 overs, including two wickets in his opening over, and left-arm spinner Jadeja took three wickets for 16 runs.


Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals against the Indian spin duo. Middle-order batsman Rameez Raja was the top-scorer with 25 off 67 balls.


Nasir Jamshed (18), Ali Khan (10), Sarfraz Ahmed (15) and Anwar Ali (17) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures.

(Article: Copyright © 2006 AFP)


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