Semi-Final (D/N), Kuala Lumpur, Feb 27 2008, ICC Under-19 World Cup
India U19 won by 3 wickets (with 9 balls remaining) (D/L method)
player of the match
Virat Kohli
India Under-19s

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?

Boult to Tiwary, 1 run

full outside off and clubbed with force to long-off

Boult to Sangwan, 1 run

pitches on middle and leg, he tucks it behind square on the on side

Boult to Abdulla, OUT

panic sets in for India.... pitches just outside the off stump, Abdulla tries to glide it down to third man but the ball straightens, he gets a thin deflection and Bunce takes another catch

Iqbal Abdulla c †Guptill-Bunce b Boult 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Boult to Tiwary, 1 run

short and wide outside off, Tiwary cuts to Bracewell at point and sets off for a suicidal run, Bracewell is undecided whether to have a shy at the stumps or not, throws it finally, the keeper reaches the stumps and accidentally knocks off the bails before gathering the ball. The third umpire has a look

9 to get off 18 balls

end of over 405 runs • 2 wickets
IND19: 182/6CRR: 4.55 RRR: 3.00 • Need 9 runs from 18b
Iqbal Abdulla2 (2)
Saurabh Tiwary25 (37)
Tim Southee9-0-29-4
Southee to Abdulla, no run

gets forward and drives to the off side

Southee to Abdulla, 2 runs

nearly gets another one there, Abdulla inside edges it past the stumps

Southee to Jadeja, OUT

brilliant take and do we have a twist in the tale here? Pitches outside of and slants back in, Jadeja tries a delicate glide to third man, the edge goes low to Guptil-Bunce who goes to his right first and changes direction to his left and plucks it one handed on the dive

Ravindra Jadeja c †Guptill-Bunce b Southee 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Southee to Jadeja, 1 wide

bangs it in short down the leg side, wide called

Southee to Tiwary, 1 run

gets forward and steers it to third man

Southee to Jadeja, 1 run

full outside off, he gets forward and drives on the up past the vacant point region

Southee to Pandey, OUT

tame dismissal really.... pitches on a good length outside off and straightens, Pandey tries to glide it towards third man but the ball isn't in the slot to play that, the extra bounce does him in and he gets a thick edge through to the keeper

Manish Pandey c †Guptill-Bunce b Southee 18 (23m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 69.23
end of over 393 runs
IND19: 177/4CRR: 4.53 RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 runs from 24b
Saurabh Tiwary24 (36)
Manish Pandey18 (25)
George Worker7-0-29-1
Worker to Tiwary, no run

shapes to drive forward and misses, nearly edges it to the keeper

Worker to Tiwary, no run

gets forward and defends

Worker to Pandey, 1 run

slides towards the pads, he pushes it wide of midwicket

Worker to Tiwary, 1 run

Worker misfields off his own bowling as the ball beats mid-on

Worker to Pandey, 1 run

stays back and chops it towards cover, a misfield results in a single

Worker to Pandey, no run

tries to slice it through the off side but misses