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Congratulate the U-19 World champs

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March 02, 2008 21:44 IST

India won the Under-19 cricket World Cup for the second time when the team, led by Virat Kohli, beat South Africa by 12 runs in a rain-interrupted final in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday night.

Shot out for a paltry 159 after being put in by South African skipper Wayne Parnell, the champions of the 2000 edition of the tournament fought back with some tidy bowling to restrict the South Africans.

Man of the match Ajitesh Argal did the star turn, claiming two early wickets as South Africa slumped to 22-4 in reply. The rain interruption left the Proteas with a revised target of 116 from 25 overs, but despite a fighting 35 by Reeza Hendricks, they could only amass 103-8.

The victory rounded off a triumphant day for India as the senior team beat Australia by six wickets in the first match of the best-of-three CB tri-series final in Sydney earlier.

The triumph was also special for India coach Dav Whatmore, who added another feather to his cap, having guided Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup.

Join us in congratulating India's newest champions.

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