Semi-Final (D/N), Kuala Lumpur, Feb 27 2008, ICC Under-19 World Cup
(41.3/43 ov, target 191)
India U19 won by 3 wickets (with 9 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
India Under-19s
IND19 Innings
Full commentary

This will be India's third appearance in the finals of the Under-19 World Cup. They were winners in 2000, runners-up in 2006 and now they will await the winners of the 2nd semi between South Africa and Pakistan.

India had to huff and puff to victory in the end. They had it all wrapped up, before losing three quick wickets for six runs. Their untested middle order were exposed for a change and coach Dav Whatmore will address those issues before the final. Still, India were the deserved winners after their bowlers applied the stranglehold after losing the toss.

New Zealand will head home feeling proud of themselves for giving it their best shot in the field. Their outfielding was exemplary and Anderson's catch to dismiss Srivastava was the icing on the cake. Virat Kohli, in the post-match presentation, thanked the opposition for making this a competitive game. Who wants to see a succession of one-sided games anyway?

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli for his 2 for 27 and 43.

We hope you enjoyed the coverage today. Thanks for the mails. We'll be back for the second semi between South Africa and Pakistan on Friday. It's also a day-nighter, starting at 06.00 GMT. For now, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

Worker to Tiwary, 2 runs
Tiwary takes India through to the final as he steps down and lofts over midwicket

packed off side field. Short cover in place

Worker to Sangwan, 1 run
works it wide of midwicket and the Indians are a run closer
Worker to Sangwan, no run
pitches outside off, he slashes it straight to point

Now just 3 to get. India can't mess it up further, surely. The captain's brought back Worker. Seems like a gamble. He stops short at the crease twice, nerves there!

end of over 416 runs • 1 wicket
IND19: 188/7CRR: 4.58 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 runs from 12b
Saurabh Tiwary27 (40)
Pradeep Sangwan4 (2)
Trent Boult8-1-26-1
Boult to Tiwary, no run
walks down the pitch and blasts it straight to mid-on
Boult to Sangwan, 3 runs
heart in the mouth moment as Sangwan scoops it just over cover's outstretched arms, the fielder runs backwards and just manages to pull it back near the rope. His pants come off on the dive. Remember Lou Vincent against West Indies two years ago?