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Pakistan on top of the world again after amazing win
February 19, 2006
Pakistan 109 (41.1 overs); India 71 (18.5 overs, Anwer Ali Khan 5-35). Pakistan won by 38 runs and retain the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan became the first side to retain the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup after their fast bowlers produced a truly remarkable performance to bring their side back from the dead in a thrilling final against India in Colombo.
They appeared out of the match after their arch-rivals bowled them out for just 109 but man of the match Anwer Ali Khan (5-35), Jamshaid Ahmed (2-24) and Akhtar Ayub (3-9) turned things around in spectacular fashion.
Anwer and Jamshaid reduced India to 9-6 in 3.2 breathless overs before the meal break and although India's lower order dug in after the interval they could not rescue the situation.
India were bowled out for 71 in only 18.5 overs, their lowest total in ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup history, beating the 77 they made against Bangladesh in 2002.
Pakistan's victory meant they joined Australia (1988 and 2002) as the only sides to win the tournament twice after their previous success in Bangladesh two years ago.
And Anwer Ali Khan produced the best figures in an ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup final, surpassing India's Piyush Chawla, who captured 4-8 in the Pakistan innings.
Anwer Ali Khan and Jamshaid Ahmed bowled like men possessed and effectively won the game with their opening bursts.
Left-armer Jamshaid gave his side a dream start when he bowled Gaurav Dhiman off the inside edge from the first ball of India's run-chase before Anwer took over in a remarkable second over of the innings.
He trapped man of the tournament Cheteshwar Pujara leg before wicket second ball for no score, and then bowled Rohit Sharma (4) and Mayank Tehlan (0) all in his first over, at the end of which the score was a remarkable 8-4.
Jamshaid continued the carnage in his next over, bowling India captain Ravikant Shukla (4) with a fantastic away swinger to the left-hander that clipped the top of the off-stump.
Then, amazingly, in the next over, still only the fourth of the innings, Debabrata Das (0) was caught and bowled by Anwer Ali Khan off bat and pad and to leave India in chaos and Pakistan in dreamland.
It was the signal for the interval and after a session like that, everyone needed a break!
Anwer Ali Khan had an astonishing 4-5 from just 1.2 overs while Jamshaid Ahmed had 2-4 from two overs.
Despite their predicament India still needed only 101 to win at that point and had 46.4 overs left to get those runs so the question was whether Pakistan's bowlers could maintain their momentum after the break.
Ravindra Jadeja (6) departed to Anwer to give him a fifth success to leave India at 23-7 but then Chawla and Pinal Shah dug in to add 39 and give their side renewed hope.
At that point Pakistan captain Safaraz Ahmed threw the ball to his third seamer Akhtar Ayub and he wrapped up the innings and the match in double-quick time.
Akhtar had Shah (16) caught by Safaraz behind the stumps then removed Vijaykumar Yomahesh (3) with an inswinger and Mohnish Parmar (0) with a delivery that clipped the top of off-stump, taking the last two wickets in three balls. Chawla, who did not deserve to be on the losing side, was left 25 not out.
It was the cue for wild Pakistan celebrations and Indian dejection, emotions that scarcely seemed possible just a couple of hours earlier.
Pakistan's batsmen had been humbled by spin as Chawla, Jadeja (3-18), Rohit Sharma (1-17) and Parmar (1-9) caused havoc.
Left-armer Jadeja came on as early as the fifth over after Pakistan made a flying start and he and Chawla immediately dropping into a superb rhythm.
After the first three overs of the innings went for 24 runs, the next 17 cost just 36 runs and five wickets.
Chawla dismissed the two batting heroes of Friday's semi-final win against Australia, Ali Asad (2) and Riaz Kail (0) in the space of three balls with Asad bowled behind his legs and Kail playing no shot to a googly.
The leg-spinner, who only joined up with the India squad on the eve of the tournament after helping Uttar Pradesh to the Ranji Trophy, also ensured the Pakistan tail did not wag
He removed Syed Imad Wasim, stumped by Shah for one and then dismissed last man Akhtar Ayub, bowled by a top-spinner, for three.
When Chawla dismissed Asad and Kail Pakistan were 49-5 and their lowest ever total in ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup history, 70 against England in 1988, looked under serious threat.
Rameez Raja (25) ensured that score was passed but he, like every other Pakistan batsman, was unable to break the shackles against the Indian slow bowlers.
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Pakistan's win: coach "did not believe it could happen"
February 19, 2006
Pakistan's comeback victory against India in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup final was so amazing even their coach Mansoor Rana did not think it was possible.
The defending champions won the match after being bowled out for 109 as Anwer Ali Khan, Jamshaid Ahmed and Akhtar Ayb dismantled the Indian batting for just 71.
Mansoor told his players such a result was possible as they prepared to take the field for the Indian innings but he admitted afterwards he did not really believe in what he was saying.
"All the boys were very dejected (after our innings) and I said to them I had seen wins from such positions and we had a chance," he said.
"I told them the top three India players had got all the runs during the tournament so the law of averages said they were due to fail.
"Then, if we got those three early wickets and got into their middle order under lights with the ball swinging then we could do it.
"But I was only saying it to lift the boys as did not believe it could happen," he added.
It did happen thanks to Anwer (5-35) and Jamshaid (2-24) who reduced India to 9-6 before Akhtar (3-9) finished them off.
And Mansoor admitted the team owed their success to those three players.
"Our batting has not really performed up to expectations and we have not had any star spinners so the whole credit goes to the fast bowlers," he said.
"They have been exceptional and the whole tournament has belonged to them.
"They turned the tables by getting out a side that has scored over 250 in the past two matches and it produced an amazing result because nine times out of 10 I think India would get those 110 runs."
The win means Pakistan join Australia as the only sides to win the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup twice but Pakistan also became the first team to retain the trophy, having won it in Bangladesh two years ago.
"We had that in mind," said Mansoor. "I said to the boys to go out and make history and they have done it.
"Their names will be there for the rest of their lives."
Captain Safaraz Ahmed said: "It was unbelievable bowling.
"I was slightly worried when India came back (after the interval, reaching 62-7 at one stage) but I had confidence in Akhtar Ayub and he responded.
"It is a very healthy and fortunate thing that this has happened under my captaincy and I am very emotional and very sentimental," he said.
Mansoor said the win would some consolation for his fellow countrymen after Sunday also saw India's senior side seal a 4-1 one-day triumph over their Pakistan counterparts with a victory in Karachi.
"This is something very special and a gift to Pakistan after losing the (one-day) series to India," he said.
"I hope it will cheer everyone up."
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