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February 13, 2008
An unbeaten 98 by Saurav Tiwary helped India cruise to a six-wicket win against England at the Royal Military College. Chasing 220, India suffered an early wobble at 7 for 3 as Steve Finn and James Harris made early inroads. Tanmay Srivastava and Tiwary then led the recovery with a stand of 134 for the fourth wicket. Manish Pandey joined Tiwary after Srivastava fell and India then cruised to the target with more than seven overs to spare. England had relied on a stand of 113 between Ben Brown and Dan Redfern after losing half their side with the score on 95. Virat Kohli and Srivastava picked up two wickets each to restrict England to a total which proved well within reach.
Pakistan recovered strongly after losing their opening game with a comfortable five-wicket win against Bangladesh at Kelab Aman. Ahmed Shahzad (79*) led Pakistan's chase of 204 and shared an opening stand of 89 with Umar Akmal. The middle order, however, failed to come good though Shahzad managed stick around till the end to see his side through. For Bangladesh, only Mithun Ali, who top scored with 75, managed to pass fifty in an otherwise disappointing batting performance.
George Worker and Nick Beard starred with bat and ball respectively as New Zealand trounced Ireland by 181 runs at the Selangor Turf Club. Worker fell two short of a century as New Zealand piled on a massive 314 for 9. Ireland's Paul Stirling made a fist of the target with an aggressive 72 off 50 balls but lacked support as Beard, the left-arm spinner, orchestrated the collapse with 6 for 36. Ireland were bowled out for 133 inside 30 overs.
At Tenaga National Sports Complex, hosts Malaysia bundled out Papua New Guinea for 142 to record a 59-run win. Mohammad Faizal top scored with 63 with five fours and two sixes as Malaysia reached 201 for 7. The target was a little too much for the opposition as Nik Azril Arifin (3 for 17) and Aminuddin Ramly (2 for 36) made early inroads to set the opposition back. Jason Kila scored 38 off 37 balls but it was a little too late as his side was rolled over in the 43rd over.
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