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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Pak downs India but finds itself out of WC

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: Pakistan enjoyed victory over India on Thursday but suffered the heartbreak of being knocked out of the ICC Under-19s World Cup due to the West Indies' win against Sri Lanka.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The match of the tournament saw India and Pakistan renew their rivalry on the cricket field after an 18-month gap. India has banned its players from facing Pakistan at international level due to the current tensions between the two countries.As a result, their clash at the youth World Cup offered a rare glimpse of one of the biggest grudge matches in world sport.India went into the game in supreme form after beating Sri Lanka and the West Indies with ease, but failed to hold its nerve against its arch rivals and lost by two wickets.Pakistan missed out on a bonus point and the West Indies' 62 run mauling of Sri Lanka earned them a spot in the semi-finals as Gus Logie's team was the victors when the two sides met earlier this week.The cricket between Pakistan and India was frenetic, but after the match both sides embraced and the atmosphere was friendly.Pakistan got off to a good start as India could only muster 181 from its 50 overs with fast bowler Junaid Zia particularly impressive with his control and pace.Deepak Chougule hit 47 but late innings collapse, that saw the final five wickets fall for just 39 runs, ultimately cost India the match.India reduced Pakistan to 10 for 2 but Salman Butt played a captain's innings to rescue his side. Butt hit 11 fours in his unbeaten 85 as off spinner Rajesh Sharma (3 for 37) bowled superbly to give India a chance of victory.Butt brought about the end of the match when he hit Sharma for four, however, he was to learn his efforts had been in vain due to the West Indies' victory at Hagley Park."We are very disappointed to be out of the Cup but we knew it would be close and our performance against the West Indies cost us," Butt said."This was a tense match but we showed excellent temperament and played really well. The important thing is that we have made some new friends today. This is only a game and we wanted to make sure it was played in the right spirit. They are going to go into their senior side and so are we, which is why we wanted to make friends and not enemies."India coach Dilip Vengsarkar was disappointed by his side's defeat but took consolation from the fact that it topped group one."The Pakistanis played very well and they held their nerve," he said. "It was a good toss to win as the conditions in the morning made it very hard for us to score runs, but we did not make a good enough total. We need to work on a few areas before the next match."Sri Lanka's disappointing Super League campaign ended in a third consecutive loss with the West Indies ambling to victory to become surprise semi-finalists.The tournament's top run scorer Donovan Pagon continued his rich vein of form with an innings of 92 to lift the West Indies' total to 202 all out. Captain Narsingh Deonarine offered valuable support with 65 but three wickets for Dhammika Niroshan gave Sri Lanka a chance of victory. However, the West Indies bowling attack is strong and Jeevan Mendis top scored on just 30 as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 140. The wickets were shared between the six bowlers with Deonarine following up his good performance with the bat by taking 2 for 20 off 10 economical overs.The West Indies will meet Australia in the semi-final while India is awaiting the outcome of Fridays group 2 matches to find out who it will play - either New Zealand, South Africa or England.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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