Bangladesh beat India in Under 19 Cricket World Cup final

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India put up a solid fight, but Bangladesh won the 2020 ICC Under 19 World Cup final after beating the Priyam Garg-led side by three wickets (via DLS) at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Needing 178 runs to win, Bangladesh Under 19 were off to a brisk start as the openers – Parvez Hossain Emon and Tanzid Hasan – put up a fifty-run stand.

However, Bishnoi broke the partnership as Tamim was holed out in the deep after scoring 17. The leg-spinner then dismissed Mahmudul Hasan Joy after the Bangladesh Under 19 batsman chopped one onto the stumps.

Emon, meanwhile, left the field retired hurt, bringing two new batsmen in the middle.

Bishnoi continued to chip away as he got Towhid Hridoy out LBW. India Under 19 got their fourth wicket, courtesy an outstanding stumping from Dhruv Jurel to dismiss Shahadat Hossain.

Sushant Mishra then gave India Under 19 their next two wickets. While Jaiswal took an excellent catch in the deep to dismiss Shamim Hossain, Avishek Das was done in by a short ball.

Emon, though, returned to bat and put up a 41-run stand with captain-wicketkeeper Akbar Ali. However, Jaiswal broke the partnership, dismissing Emon for 47 in the 32nd over.

But Ali, with a support from Rakibul Hasan, made sure Bangladesh did not lose any more wicket and won the final by three wickets via DLS, scoring 170 from 42.1 overs.

Earlier, after put in to bat, India Under 19 were restricted to 177.

Bangladesh Under 19 pacers – Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Shoriful Islam – kept the things tight before Avishek Das struck to dismiss Divyaansh Saxena in the seventh over.

N Tilak Varma, who joined Jaiswal in the middle, copped a blow near his knee while completing a run in the ninth over. However, he chose to bat on.

Jaiswal, meanwhile, having successfully negotiated the testing spell earlier in the match, batted steadily as India Under 19 brought up their fifty in the 17th over.

The duo of Jaiswal and Tilak Varma then completed a fifty-run stand in the next over.

The Indian Under 19 opener then brought up his fourth half-century of the tournament just before the team crossed the 100-run mark.

Bangladesh, though, managed to break the Jaiswal-Varma partnership as Sakib dismissed Varma for 38 in the 29th over. Garg was the next man to get out as Rakibul Hasan got the Indian Under 19 skipper out for 7.

Dhruv Jurel, India Under 19 wicketkeeper and vice-captain, and Jaiswal added 42 runs together as the left-hander completed 400 runs in the tournament.

However, Jaiswal, who had a scored a match-winning ton in the semi-final against Pakistan, got out for 88 as Shoriful Islam gave Bangladesh Under 19 a big breakthrough. Siddhesh Veer got out on the first ball, trapped before the wickets.

India Under 19 were reduced to 172/9, losing Jurel, Bishnoi, Atharva Ankolekar and Kartik Tyagi in the space of four runs. While Jurel and Bishnoi were run-out, Ankolekar dragged one onto the stumps before Tyagi got out, edging one to the wicketkeeper.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh Under 19 170/7 (Parvez Hossain Emon 47, Akbar Ali 43*; Ravi Bishnoi 4/30) beat India Under 19 177 all out (Yashasvi Jaiswal 88, N Tilak Varma 38; Avishek Das 3/40) by three wickets (via DLS)

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