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Sunday, 3 February, 2002, 09:04 GMT
Youth champions dethroned
South Africa were superior in all areas of the game
South Africa celebrate their victory
U19 World Cup semi-final, Lincoln: South Africa 268-5 (50 overs) beat India 156 all out (37.4 overs) by 122 runs

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India's bid to retain the trophy they won two years ago came to a sorry end as they were comprehensively outplayed in all departments of the game at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

Half centuries by Greg Smith, Hasim Amla and David Jacobs, aided by some poor Indian fielding, enabled South Africa to set the holders a demanding target.

The holders were ahead of the required rate at the start of their reply but lost their last seven wickets for just 41 runs as they were bowled out with 12.2 of their overs remaining.

South Africa will now meet Australia or West Indies in next Friday's final.

"This team, which is made up of 60% players from previously disadvantaged communities, is an example of the successes in the development programme and transformation process undertaken by South African cricket," said United Cricket Board chief executive Gerald Majola.

India were punished for dropping three early chances as Smith shared half century stands with Chad Baxter (22) and Riel de Kock (32).

David Jacobs hooks for four
Jacobs hit a six and eight fours

Smith was eventually run out for 61, his first fifty of the tournament, but Amla and Jacobs increased the tempo as they added 88 for the fourth wicket.

Amla went for 62 but Jacobs hit an unbeaten 69 off 45 balls to round off the innings in style.

India needed to score at almost five and a half per over and began positively as openers Maninder Bisla and Parthiv Patel went for their shots.

Patel was bowled by Brendon Reddy for 20, and Bisla followed when he was lbw for 37.

They were well-placed, however, at 86 for two after 15 overs, but the innings subsided after Deepak Chougule was out for 29.

No-one else reached 20 as Reddy, Brent Kops and spinner Ian Postman took two wickets each to put South Africa into the U19 final for the first time.

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