2nd March 2008: WATCH – Virat Kohli & Boys Lift U-19 World Cup
New Delhi: Since the inception of the U-19 World Cup in 1988, the Indian team has been one of the most consistent sides in the tournament, having lifted the trophy four times. Way back in 2008, on this day, India colts under Virat Kohli beat South Africa to take the coveted title.
It was a low-scoring final as India was bundled-out for a paltry 159 runs in 45 overs. Tanmay Srivastava top-scored for India with a match-saving 46 runs. The Indian middle-order collapsed as each batsman was dismissed after getting decent starts. Skipper Virat Kohli managed 19 from 34 balls, and his innings included a six as well. On the other hand, Manish Pandey too, with his 20, made some contribution.
The star for South Africa in bowling department was Wayne Parnell, who took two wickets giving away just 21 runs in the innings, and did not give many scoring opportunities to the Indians. Matthew Arnold picked up two wickets as well, giving away only 30 runs.
Come South Africa batting, it was a disastrous start for them as at one point they were reduced to 22/4. The Indian bowlers, especially pacer Ajitesh Argal, did not let the Proteas make a comeback in the match, and sealed 12-run win over the opposition. Apart from that Ravindra Jadeja too picked two wickets.
While Reeza Hendricks, with his 35, along with Parnell’s 29, tried to do some damage control but that wasn’t enough in the end.