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Published: Thursday, February 19, 2004, 0:54 [IST]
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India overwhelm Kiwis in U-19 World Cup
Wednesday, February 18 2004 19:24 Hrs (IST)

Dhaka:Bowlers came to the fore to help India maintain their winning streak with a 69-run victory over New Zealand in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.

Rudra Pratap Singh, Abhishek Sharma and Praveen Gupta picked two wickets each as India bowled out the Kiwis for 146 in 44.5 overs in reply to a modest target of 216 in a Group 'C' match at the Bangabandhu Stadium.

New Zealand were at one stage 94 for two and then 132 for four before their batting collapsed.

Delhi's 18-year old Abhishek Sharma (2-33) ended the 68-run second-wicket partnership between wicketkeeper batsman Bradley Watling and Brad Wilson by having the latter caught by Sunny Singh.

Watling's calm 55 from 121 balls and Wilson's supportive 30 from 52 balls belied the disaster that lay ahead for the Kiwis.

Praful Waghela dismissed captain Daniel Flynn for a first ball duck before seamer Rudra Pratap Singh (2-23) and the 17-year old left-arm spinner Gupta (2-17) broke the back of the Kiwi batting.

Watling and Sam Mackay (19) put up 32 for the fifth-wicket but the former's run out by Suresh Raina signalled the doom as the last six wickets fell for 14 runs in the space of eight overs.

In the morning, Sunny Singh scored an unbeaten 68 that helped India post a respectable total slipping to 101 for six. Sunny Singh faced 81 balls and hit seven fours while adding 66 runs for the sevent-wicket with Gaurav Dhiman.

Dhiman himself played a rollicking innings, hitting three fours and a six for his 38 that came from just 51 deliveries. Their stand, combined with some generous bowling by the Kiwis who conceded 23 extras, made up for the collapse of the top order that had plundered 425 for three in their previous match against Scotland.

Right-arm medium pacer Brent Findlay grabbed four for 36 while Craig Smith and Te Ahu Davis picked 3-42 and 2-47 respectively.

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