U-19 World Cup: India young guns lose to Bangladesh to miss consecutive title

Updated: Feb 10, 2020, 07:37 IST | PTI | Potchefstroom

Beaten by Bangladesh and rain, India miss out on consecutive U-19 World Cup titles in final where both teams fought..

The Bangladesh team pose for a photograph after winning the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom yesterday. Pic/ AFP
The Bangladesh team pose for a photograph after winning the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom yesterday. Pic/ AFP

Potcherstroom: A sprightly bunch of Bangladesh boys created history by winning their country's first global cricket title, shocking defending champions India by three wickets in the summit clash of the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Sunday. In a low-scoring final, Bangladesh first choked India to a meagre 177 in 47.2 overs and then did well enough to score the revised target of 170 in 42.1 overs under Duckworth-Lewis method. Once play resumed after rain, the target was revised to 170 and with seven runs to get and three wickets in hand, it became a cakewalk for the Tiger Cubs as they scripted a golden chapter in their country's cricket history.

India's cricketing battles with Bangladesh have been filled with acrimony since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final at the MCG and it only amplified with the kind of boorish behaviour that some of the Bangladeshi players displayed. In fact, a few players from both sides nearly came to blows at the end of the final and it was India coach Paras Mhambrey, who was seen urging his boys to keep calm as opposition leading pacer Shoriful Islam was seen swearing expletives on camera.

India leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi comes up with an in-your-face reaction after dismissing Bangladesh’s Parvez Hossain Emon;India leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi comes up with an in-your-face reaction after dismissing Bangladesh's Parvez Hossain Emon

Even then, credit should go Bangladesh's captain Akbar Ali, 18, who showed nerves of steel with a patient 43 not out off 77 balls, which negated more fancied opponent Yashasvi Jaiswal's 88 off 121 balls. Akbar's cool quotient was there for everyone to see as he marshalled his resources brilliantly and then batted responsibly, seeing out India's threats from leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi and fast bowler Kartik Tyagi's spells before getting across the finishing line with ease.

There were two things that cost India dearly. While batting, India lost their last seven wickets for just 23 runs. And then while defending, the number of extras (33) bowled proved to be crucial in the final context of the game. Bangladesh's chase started in earnest with Parvez Hossain Emon (47 off 79 balls) and Tanzid Hasan (17) adding 50 in quick time, primarily due to the former's impressive off-side play. However, things changed once leg-spinner Bishnoi (4-30 in 10 overs) came into the attack and started bowling his googlies.

First, he got Tanzid holed out in the deep and then had Mahmudul Hassan Joy (8) played on with another wrong 'un following. Towhid Hridoy was rapped on the pads after which India wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel effected a smart stumping to make it 65 for 4. With Emon back in the hut due to a hamstring injury, it was upon skipper Akbar to show composure in the hour of crisis even as left-arm seamer Sushant Singh in his second and third spell got a couple of wickets. Then, it was Emon who returned at 102 for 6 as Akbar finally got hold of Bishnoi's googlies as there was one slog sweep for six. With Bishnoi not having an effective leg-break, he was taken out of
the attack.

Bangladesh’s Mohd Shoriful Islam gives India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal a send-off. PICs/Getty Images Bangladesh's Mohd Shoriful Islam gives India's Yashasvi Jaiswal a send-off. Pic/ Getty Images

Emon, despite hamstring issues, fought gamely before Jaiswal bowled his part-time leg-breaks and Garg's gamble paid off with the opener being caught in the extra cover region to make it 143 for 7. Earlier, India's batting wilted under pressure as a superb Bangladesh bowling attack shot the defending champions out for a paltry 177 in 47.2 overs.

Jaiswal (88 off 121 balls) was once again a standout performer but not for once did he look like dominating the Bangladesh bowling unit whose new-ball bowlers Shoriful Islam (2-31 off 10) and Tanzim Hasan Shakib (2-28 off 8.2) stifled the Indians for runs. The third seamer Avishek Das (3-40 off 9) was the most successful bowler in terms of figures but it was Shoriful's first spell with channelised aggression that put the Indians on the back-foot from the onset.

33
No. of extras the Indian bowlers conceded in the ICC U-19 World Cup final against Bangladesh highlighted their poor show. Bangladesh gave away just 11

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