On today: Virat Kohli’s boys beat South Africa to carry ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup

On today: Virat Kohli’s boys beat South Africa to carry ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup

On 2 March, 2008, India’s U-19 boys locked horns with South Africans within the closing sport of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. The match had all the time been extraordinarily particular for India, particularly after the likes of Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh emerged from it and served Indian cricket for many years.

The 2008 version, too, was going to be particular, for India was going to get arguably one of the best batsman of this technology and a future captain from the match. However earlier than we speak in regards to the future that was to be, let’s revisit what transpired on that big day.

India have been taking part in beneath the captaincy of an aggressive Virat Kohli and have been dealing with Wayne Parnell’s South Africa within the closing sport on the Kuala Lumpur Cricket Stadium.

Batting first, India have been straightaway in bother when captain Parnell despatched Taruwar Kohli again to the pavilion. India’s scorecard had three runs on it. By the top of the tenth over, the Indians had each the openers within the dressing room with 27 on the scoreboard.

Captain Kohli took the centre stage, gave Indian innings some stability earlier than he perished within the twenty third over of the Indian innings after scoring 19. The difficulty for India by no means ended after Kohli’s wicket, however Tanmay Srivastava stood like a rock on one finish. India misplaced wickets at common intervals and have been all-out at 159 within the forty sixth over. The South African captain led from the entrance, choosing 2/21.

For India, Srivastava scored a superb 46, giving the staff a combating probability. Whereas South Africa thought they stood a robust probability to carry the trophy, Indians, particularly Ajitesh Argal and Pradeep Sangwan, had totally different plans. Argal was on fireplace sending โ€” first Pieter Malan within the fourth over after which Rilee Rossouw on the final supply of his subsequentย โ€” packing. Sangwan, from the opposite finish, too, maintained the stress and the Africans have been decreased to 11-3 following JJ Smuts’s run out. That is when the rain intervened.

After the break, Parnell’s males required 99 off 98 balls (D/L methodology), with seven wickets in hand. The match was nonetheless within the steadiness, however Indian bowlers have been in no temper to let up. Jonathan Vandiar was the subsequent to go after Jadeja obtained him caught behind. The fifth wicket took some time to come back. Hendricks and captain Parnell added 50 for the fifth wicket in 57 balls, earlier than the previous mis-hit a waist-high full toss from Jadeja to fall for 35 off 43.

South Africa nonetheless wanted 44 off 5 overs. Quickly after, left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah was picked Roy Adams. Parnell, too, obtained out within the twenty fifth over and his staff fell quick by 13 runs. In what was a low-scoring sport, the drama and pleasure have been all the time at their peak.

Captain Kohli and his boys lifted the World Cup in a sport largely dominated by Africans. The South African staff had choked as soon as once more in an all-crucial encounter and misplaced the prospect to carry the World Cup. Argal was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 2/7 in 5 overs that additionally included two maidens. Whereas Virat Kohli at the moment captains the Indian aspect in all codecs, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is taken into account probably the greatest all-rounders within the enterprise.

On Tuesday, the ICC, too, tweeted and reminded the Indian cricket followers of the historic day when Kohli and boys had achieved one thing just a few might think about of.

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