Potchefstroom: Bangladesh stunned the cricketing world by defeating the defending champions India in the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final by three wickets.
Chasing 178 to win, Bangladesh collapsed to 106 for six before captain Akbar Ali got them back in the match after rain struck and the tigers were required to chase 170 from 46 overs. Rakibul Hasan scored the winning run and claimed the first-ever world cup title for Bangladesh.
India were asked to bat by Bangladesh and early in the innings picked the wicket of Divyansh Saxena. The star with the bat for India Yashasvi Jaiswal played an anchor role along with Tilak Varma and added a 94-run stand for the second wicket. Tanzim Hasan Sakib broke the vital partnership in the 29th over.
After that, India couldn’t make runs in partnership and collapsed badly. Jaiswal ended up as the highest scorer, making 88 off 121 balls.
India lost their last 7 wickets for 21 runs and were bowled out for just 177. For Tigers, Shoriful Islam and Tanizim claimed two whereas Avishek Das was the pick of the bowlers picking up three.
Bangladesh started their chase confidently with the openers adding a 50-run stand. Parvez Hossain Emon got set from the one end but India’s young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi created a panic in the Bangladesh camp as he reduced them from 50/0 to 65/4.
It was time for Bangladesh’s skipper Akbar Ali to play with a cool head and he rightly did by picking up singles and blocking it. He made 77-ball 43 which included four fours and a six. Emon was the top scorer scoring 47 off 79. Bishnoi ended with figures of 4-30 with Sushant Mishra claiming 2-25.