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|U-19 WC: Sharma stars as India rout Windies|
Wednesday, February 25 2004 14:26 Hrs (IST)
After posting a challenging 253 for nine, India skittled out the Caribbean's for 157 in 39.1 overs in a day-night match at the Bangabandhu Stadium.
After seamer Gaurav Dhiman (3-26) had plunged them to 54 for four, the Windies fought back through a 63-run fifth-wicket stand between Assad Fudaddin (51) and Jonathan Augustus (29).
But Sharma's spell swung the match away from them. The Delhi spinner first had Augustus caught by captain Ambati Rayudu with the scoreboard reading 117.
He then removed R Rampaul before L Sebastian fell to Suresh Raina as the Windies slipped to 138 for seven. When Fudaddin, after a 120 minute vigil at the crease, fell to Sharma, the match was sealed.
Earlier, Suresh Raina scored a valuable half-century to help India recover from a disastrous start as they lost two wickets for 18 runs. Raina made 66 from 84 balls with four fours to add 63 runs for the fourth-wicket with Rayudu.
Rayudu, who had led the recovery with a 51-run partnership with Rakesh Solanki for the third-wicket, played a supporting innings of 47 from 72 balls and hit six fours.
Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Kartik then made an attacking 46 from 50 balls aided by three fours and two sixes to help India to a formidable total.