It was the day of Valentine, but for the young Indians fighting for U-19 World Cup, it was of betrayal. They had done all the hard work — crushed Sri Lanka in semis, dismantled Namibia by 197 runs, won convincingly against New Zealand, Ireland and Nepal in group encounters. To what end? Losing out to the Caribbeans by 5 wickets. There’s no ointment that could provide solace to their broken-heart.
You have to give it up to the West Indies. They bowled to a plan, in a perfect rhythm and composure. Their agility in the field aided to the benefit they obtained from the green pitch. All in all, it was a great contest between the two — sadly for the fans, India couldn’t produce yet another 2008 U-19 finals, or 1983 World Cup spectacle for that matter.
Over 49.3 And that’s it! West Indies have defeated India by 5 wickets to win their maiden U-19 World Cup title. There they go. Their fantastic celebration.
JU Goolie c & b Dagar 3 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
West Indies Under-19s — 77/5
Over 26.1 Gone! Dagar takes yet another. Fuller, flighted delivery on off, Springer drops on one knee and looks to slog sweep. However, he couldn’t connect the ball well and the flew high to the long-off, where Jaffer does the rest. Captain Kishan is delighted.
SK Springer c Armaan Jaffer b Dagar 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
West Indies Under-19s — 71/4
Over 22.6 OUT! After a long wait, India has finally managed to break the threatening partnership. The left-arm spinner has brought the Indian team back into the game.
SO Hetmyer c Armaan Jaffer b Dagar 23 (82m 53b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.39
West Indies Under-19s — 67/3
Over 7.3 Ahmed to Imlach, OUT, the second batsman goes into the pavilion. Short and sliding away with the angle outside off, Imlach on top of his toes, but gets wrapped up by the extra bounce — Kishan moves in, dives forward into the short cover and takes a low catch; Indian camp overjoyed.
TA Imlach c Lomror b Ahmed 15 (20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00
West Indies Under-19s — 28/2
Over 2.5 And he roared like a lion! Khan hits the deck hard, bangs it short, with the angle outside off. Hope attempts to hook it over the leg, but ends up getting a thick top edge. The ball lands safely into the hands of Khaleel at third man.
GD Pope c Ahmed b Avesh Khan 3 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07
West Indies Under-19s — 5/1
Indian U-19 batsmen didn’t look like themselves throughout the first innings. Put into bat at first on a green track, they fell prey to the fierce bowling attack of the Caribbeans. They kept on ducking and retreating on the back-foot to the pace and bounce and couldn’t tackle the pressure surmounted upon them by early fall. Sarfaraz (51) did provide some resistance, however, with the consistently falling wickets, India didn’t get time to bounce back.
WATCH OUT! The Indian scorecard looks similar to the 2008 finals, where India was bowled out for 159, but went out to defeat the U-19 South African team by 12 runs. Can they replicate the magic again?
Over 45.1 Paul wraps up India up for 145. Batham, who looked promising with a couple of fours in the previous over, edges the ball to the West Indies’ wicketkeeper.
RR Batham c †Imlach b Paul 21 (41m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.74
Over 39.6 Avesh Khan dismissed on a full toss. Crestfallen Khan pops a catch to a diving short midwicket. Windies’ are overwhelmed. Can India reach 150?
Avesh Khan c John b Paul 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
India Under-19s — 123/9
Over 38.1 Gone on 51. The marathon innings from Sarfaraz comes to an end. Khan couldn’t connect his bat to the ball, and gets hit on pad a full and straight delivery from John.
SN Khan lbw b John 51 (145m 89b 5x4 1x6) SR: 57.30
India Under-19s — 120/8
Over 36.2 OUT! Short and wide outside off, and Dagar plays a loose stroke wide off his body. Carty jumps onto his left at backward point and completes a smart catch. Dagar walks back into the pavilion.
MJ Dagar c Carty b John 8 (28m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00
India Under-19s — 116/7
Over 29.1 First ball after the drinks break and India lose sixth wicket. Holder comes from over the wicket and balls a full and angling away delivery to the left-hander Lomror, who in turn pushes outside off and gets a thin nick behind to the keeper. The Windies camp is ecstatic.
MK Lomror c †Imlach b Holder 19 (54m 43b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.18
India Under-19s — 87/6
Over 17.2 Jaffer succumbs to the mounting pressure. Second ball, and Springer strikes; brings out the chest-roll into his celebration. Full on middle, Armaan gets forward to drive. He plays in the air, chipping it to the short-cover fielder at ankle height. TV umpire has been called in, and he decides the ball and catch legitimate. OUT!
Armaan Jaffer c Paul b Springer 5 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42
India Under-19s — 50/5
Over 14.5 Yet another dismissal. It was nice and full on the off, Washington Sundar looks to drive it on the up, ends up mishitting it into the lap of Joseph. As India lose their fourth wicket, Joseph plays his part in this fall, too.
Washington Sundar c Joseph b John 7 (56m 41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 17.07
India Under-19s — 41/4
Over 6.1 Yet another! Joseph breaks through the seemingly invincible Indian top-order and creates havoc in the dressing room. A tad full, straight, angling into the batsman; Pant goes across the line, attempting a flick. The ball whisked past the bat, struck the pad and the umpire did the rest. Oh goodness! the ball was pitched outside the leg.
Ishan Kishan lbw b Joseph 4 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00
India Under-19s — 27/3
Over 2.1 Gone! Pace, bounce and movement does it for Anmolpreet Singh. The batsman gets one short, slightly outside off — spars at it, but ends up edging it behind to a jumping keeper.
Anmolpreet Singh c †Imlach b Joseph 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50
India Under-19s — 8/2
Over 0.4 OUT! Early breakthrough for Windies’. Pant leaves a ball outside off, however, drifted out of the crease. Implach, the WI keeper, grabs the ball quickly; and in a matter of couple seconds hits the stumps with an under-arm flick.
RR Pant st †Imlach b Joseph 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
India Under-19s — 3/1.
New Delhi: In a super Sunday encounter in Mirpur, Rahul Dravid coached Indian boys are ready to take on the wily West Indies’ in the final of 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup; the Caribbeans have won the toss and elected to field against the Men in Blues.
Under the stewardship of ‘The Wall’, India stormed into the fifth final. Facing no challenge whatsoever, the boys steamrolled their opponents in the three league games as well as in the knock-outs, and poised themselves to the front.
If India keeps on the same temperament and steps on the field with a positive attitude, they will for sure be unstoppable — they will surpass Australia for the most number of titles in the U-19 World Cup, which was introduced way back in 1988.
After lifting up the trophy in 2012, the Indian team emerged victorious in 2008 and 2000, crushing South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively.
By: Mayank Mohanti