Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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!

41 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | IND19: 188/7 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.58, RRR: 1.50)

  • Saurabh Tiwary27 (40b)
  • Pradeep Sangwan4 (2b)
  • 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?

India U19 2nd innings Partnerships

1st24SP GoswamiT Kohli
2nd16TM SrivastavaSP Goswami
3rd84V KohliSP Goswami
4th26SS TiwaryV Kohli
5th27SS TiwaryMK Pandey
6th3SS TiwaryRA Jadeja
7th3SS TiwaryIqbal Abdulla
8th8SS TiwaryPJ Sangwan