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Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 08:36 GMT
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Super League: Pakistan 184-8 (43.4 overs) beat India 181 (48.5 overs) by two wickets.

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Pakistan grabbed an excellent win over Cup holders India on Thursday but were knocked out of the ICC Under-19s World Cup due to the West Indies' win against Sri Lanka.

After 18 months without playing cricket against each other - due to the current tensions between the two countries - the two sides renewed rivalry for the first time.

India went into the game in supreme form after beating Sri Lanka and the West Indies with ease, but failed to hold their nerve against their arch rivals and lost by two wickets.

Pakistan missed out on a bonus point and the West Indies' 62-run mauling of Sri Lanka earned the Caribbean youngsters a spot in the semi-finals as Gus Logie's team were the victors when the two sides met earlier this week.

Pakistan manager Brigadier Javed Tipu and India coach Balwinder Singh Sand
Pakistan's manager and India's coach embrace

India could only muster 181 from their 50 overs with Pakistani fast bowler Junaid Zia particularly impressive with his control and pace.

Deepak Chougule hit 47 but late innings collapse, that saw the final five wickets fall for just 39 runs, ultimately cost India the match.

India reduced Pakistan to 10-2 but Salman Butt played a captain's innings to rescue his side.

Butt hit 11 fours in his unbeaten 85 as off-spinner Rajesh Sharma (3-37) bowled superbly to give India a chance of victory.

"We are very disappointed to be out of the cup but we knew it would be close and our performance against the West Indies cost us," Butt said.

India coach Dilip Vengsarkar was disappointed by his side's defeat but took consolation from the fact they topped group one.

"Pakistan played very well and they held their nerve," he said.

Super League: West Indies 202 (47.5 overs) beat Sri Lanka 140 (47 overs) by 62 runs.

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Sri Lanka's disappointing Super League campaign ended in a third consecutive loss with the West Indies ambling to victory to become surprise semi-finalists.

The tournament's top run scorer Donovan Pagon continued his rich vein of form with an innings of 92 to lift the West Indies' total to 202 all out.

Captain Narsingh Deonarine offered valuable support with 65 but three wickets for Dhammika Niroshan gave Sri Lanka a chance of victory.

Economical

However, the West Indies bowling attack is strong and Jeevan Mendis top scored on just 30 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 140.

The wickets were shared between the six bowlers with Deonarine following up his good performance with the bat by taking 2-20 off 10 economical overs.

The West Indies will meet Australia in the semi-final.

India are awaiting the outcome of tomorrow's group two matches to find out of they will play either New Zealand, South Africa or England.


Plate Championship: Zimbabwe 94-1 (42.5 overs) beat Bangladesh 91 (42.5 overs) by nine wickets.

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Super League: Kenya 236-8 (50 overs) beat Papua New Guinea 211 (46.4 overs) by 25 runs.

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