West Indies beat India by five wickets in the final of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Sunday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. The Indian Under-19s got off to a poor start as they lost two wickets in the first couple of overs of the game with the score on 8/2 having been put into bat. The young Indians seemed to be crumbling under the pressure of playing in a World Cup final as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, losing three more and after 17 overs India were in real trouble on 50/5.
A hard fought knock of 51 off 89 by Sarfaraz Khan as well as cameos by lower order batsmen Mahipal Lomror, who scored 19, and Rahul Batham (21) gave the Indians some hope. Rahul Dravid’s men were eventually bundled out for 145 in 45 overs with West Indian bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Ryan John each picking up three wickets. The Indian bowlers needed early wickets and they did just that Windies lost two wickets and were 28/2 after seven overs.
Shimron Hetmyer and Keacy Carty looked to rebuild the innings as they took the score to 67/2. Hetmyer then threw away his wicket which triggered a middle order collapse and saw the Caribbean cricketers in trouble on 77/5 after 29 overs. Carty was still at the wicket and was joined by Keemo Paul and the young batsmen patiently looked to guide the islanders to World Cup glory as they produced a match-wining partnership of 69 runs.
The Indian bowlers looked to bowl tight and not give away anything but Carty’s 52 off 125 and Paul’s 40 off 68 saw the West Indians win the World Cup in the final over of the match.
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