Kuala Lumpur: India Colts' formidable batting line-up put up a spineless display as the former champions were skittled out for 159 in 45.4 overs in the ICC U-19 World Cup title clash against South Africa at Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
South Africa, who pipped title holders Pakistan in the semis', gave themselves a great chance of winning their first U-19 World title with a superlative bowling and fielding efforts.
Captain Wayne Parnell, who gave India first strike, led the way with 2-21 from 7.4 overs of accurate left-arm seam bowling that helped terminate their rivals' innings in the 46th over.
Matthew Arnold, Roy Adams and Mohammad Vallie also took two wickets each as Tanmay Srivastava played a lone hand for the Indians with 46.
South African bowlers, who won their team a place in the final by keeping defending champions Pakistan down to 153 in the semi-final, grabbed Indian wickets at regular intervals.
Parnell provided the early break when opener Taruwar Kohli (one) miscued an attempted hook off the seamer and skied a catch to Pieter Malan at square-leg.
Sreevats Goswami, the other opener, made six before edging Arnold to second slip to leave India on 27-2 in the 10th over.
Left-handed Srivastava and skipper Virat Kohli carried the total to 74-2 by the 23rd over when both batsmen fell to catches by Sybrand Engelbrecht in the point region.
Virat Kohli made 19 when he slashed a ball from Malan, but Engelbrecht jumped in the air to produce an outstanding catch.
The fielder then took a similar catch off Adams to remove the dangerous Srivastava, who hit four boundaries and a six in his fluent innings.
India 159 all out in 45.4 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 46, Saurabh Tiwary 20, Manish Pandey 20, Virat Kohli 19; Parnell 2 for 21, Arnold 2 for 30, Vallie 2 for 33, Adams 2 for 38) Vs South Africa