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|U-19 WC: Dhawan's knock takes India to semis|
Friday, February 27 2004 13:04 Hrs (IST)
After posting a commanding 316 for five, India bowled out Sri Lanka for 262 in 46 overs in a day-night Group 1 match at the Bagabandhu Stadium.
India plays the winner of New Zealand Vs Zimbabwe match in the semi-final on Sunday.
Dhawan smashed 146 off 136 balls with 19 fours and two sixes and was well supported by Suresh Raina who made a well-paced 54 off 88 balls.
Dhawan and Raina added 136 runs for the fourth-wicket which helped the Indians overcome a disastrous start after they had slipped to 39 for three earlier.
Dhawan was associated with another century partnership with wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Kartik who hit a hurricane 70 not out from 39 balls, aided by six fours and four sixes.
The Dhawan-Kartik association for the fifth-wicket was worth 115 runs before the former was run out in the 48th over.
The Lankans began their chase at a fiery pace, Harsha Vithana and Upul Tharanga adding 83 runs in 10 overs for the first-wicket.
Left-handed Tharanga's 61 came off 42 balls and contained 10 fours and a six while right-hander Vithana made a sedate 37 from 56 balls.
But R P Singh gave the Indians the breakthrough when he castled Tharanga and soon the floodgates opened. The rout started in the 23rd over with captain Ambati Rayudu removing G De Silva, and the Lanka lions faltered from a healthy 142 for two to be all out in 46 overs.
Left-arm spinner Praveen Gupta picked three for 25 while Rayudu grabbed two for 47.
Another semi-finalist was identified when West Indies overwhelmed South Africa for a 34-run win at the Fatullah Stadium.
After electing to bat and posting a strong 284 for six, the Caribbean's dismissed South Africa for 250 to book their last-four berth.
Xavier Marshall anchored the Windies innings with a patient 106 that came from 133 balls and with vital support from Tishan Maraj (34) and Lendl Simmons (30) guided the team to a competitive total.
South Africa were well served by openers Van Jaarsveld (40) and C Bowyer (32) and captain Divan van Wyk (41) but other batsmen failed to raise up to the occasion.
Ravi Rampaul picked 3-41 to emerge the most successful bowler for the Caribbean's. West Indies will play the winner of England Vs Pakistan tie in the semi-final on March 1.
Sharma stars as India rout Windies