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Bangladesh claim maiden World Cup glory

The young Tigers brought the glory of Bangladesh’s first global cricket title.

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Bangladesh claim maiden World Cup glory
Bangladesh Under-19 team beat India to be the champion of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020. Photo: BCB

Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali hold his nerve, kept his head on terms and has led  the team to earn the glory of a World Cup trophy, the first ever for the country in any format or age group of the game. The young Tigers stunned four-time title holders India by three wickets at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa and thus became the brand new champion of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

For a little while rain visited the Senwes Park forced the game to stop for a brief period of time. The target was revised with the allotted overs by DLS leaving Bangladesh with the winning target of 170 instead of 177 set by the Indians after batting first.

The nerve-wrenching summit clash witnessed Bangladesh captain prolifically going through the moments and lastly snatched the win with a 77 ball 43. Rakibul Hossain (9 not out) hit the winning runs.

Opener Parvez Hossain Emon top scored with 47 from 79 deliveries after coming back in the crease. He had to retire hurt when he was batting on 25.

Bangladesh seemed to stage an easy win when openers Tanzid Hasan and Parvez Hossain made a half-century opening partnership. But one of the most successful bowlers of the tournament Ravi Bishnoi turned things in India’s favor when he rattled Bangladesh’s top order with a four-fer. 

Then Emon with a painful notion came back at 102 for 6 as Akbar finally got hold of Bishnoi’s googlies with a slog sweep for six.

A bunch of spirited bowlers led by paceman Shoriful Islam haunted the Indian batting line-up from the very beginning of their innings when Akbar Ali won the toss and sent them to bat first.

There were back to back maidens to start on and mighty India could never really rolled the wrist from then on.

Bangladesh literally choked the Indian batsmen who managed to reach to 177 runs before losing all their wickets within 47.2 overs.

Jaiswal was the stand-out performer for Bangladesh with 88 off 121 balls although he failed to dominate the opponent bowlers in his long standing in the crease.

India went on to lose their next six wickets for 21 runs in the next nine overs.

India U-19 : 177/10 in 47.2 overs (Jiswal 88, Verma 38, Jurel 22; Avishek 3/40, Sakib 2/28, Shoriful 1/31)

Bangladesh U-19 : 170/7 in 42.1 overs (Target 170 in 46 overs) (Emon 47, Akbar 43*, Tanzid 17, Rakibul 9*; Bishnoi 4/30, Mishra 2/25, Jaiswal 1/15)

Result : Bangladesh U-19 won by 3 wickets (D/L Method).

Player of the Match : Akbar Ali (Bangladesh U-19)

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