U-19 World Cup final: West Indies beat India by five wickets

West Indies U-19 beat India U-19 by wickets to lift their maiden World Cup title in Mirpur on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 14, 2016 5:54 pm
West Indies won their first U-19 World Cup. (Source: ICC)

Going into the final, India were the heavy favourites to lift their fourth U-19 title. On the day, Sarfaraz Khan scored 51 runs but didn’t find any support at the other end as India U-19 could only muster 145 runs. In reply, West Indies suffered a few bumps but in the end, cruised past the finishing line thanks to a 69-run sixth wicket partnership between Keemo Paul (40) and Keacy Carty (52). In the process, West Indies lift their maiden U-19 title.

AS IT HAPPENED: India U-19 vs West Indies U-19

1549 hrs IST: Keemo Paul gets a boundary and West Indies U-19 win the World Cup by 5-wickets.

1545 hrs IST: Sammy is ready to dance!

1544 hrs IST: West Indies opting to do it with singles. Need 3 runs from the last over.

1543 hrs IST: DROP! Paul hits it in the outfield but it is dropped by Avesh Khan who is leaning forward. Two balls later, Carty brings up his fifty. Very crucial innings given the circumstances.

1540 hrs IST: Khaleel ends his ninth over. West Indies require 9 runs from 12 balls.

1536 hrs IST: Two consecutive singles. 12 required from 15.

1532 hrs IST: Edge of the seat stuff! West Indies need 14 runs from 20 balls.

1522 hrs IST: Fruitful over for the West Indies to overcome rising required rate. Avesh concedes crucial six runs. Need 25 runs from 6 overs.

1512 hrs IST: What they’re playing for

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1511 hrs IST: That’s that for Mayank Dagar in this match. A tough catch chance for Rishabh Pant and that brings to an end his bowling spell. Finishes with figures of 10-1-25-3.

1509 hrs IST: SIX! Dagar gets hit for a six by Keemo Paul. That’s got to reduce the pressure on West Indies.

1500 hrs IST: Dagar is spinning the ball beautifully to earn himself more praise.

1430 hrs IST: Dagar earning plaudits from players – past and present.

1426 hrs IST: Tide turning in India’s favour. Mayank Dagar removes Jyd Goolie. West Indies at a concerned 78/5.

1421 hrs IST: Game opening up.

1413 hrs IST: GONE! Shamar Springer top-edges Mayank Dagar and it’s taken comfortably by Armaan Jaffer. West Indies with a slight wobble at 71/4.

1405 hrs IST: WICKET! Just as West Indies were coasting along and playing calmly, the skipper Shimron Hetmyer tries to go over the top. And Mayank Dagar has a wicket to his name with the Windies scoreboard reading 67/3.

1340 hrs IST: Drinks! West Indies cruising after 17 overs and have 50 runs on the board at the cost of two wickets. Need 96 runs but have a comfortable 8 wickets in hand.

1335 hrs IST: Four! Keacy Carty slashes Rahul Batham for four. West Indies progressing calmly after early dismissals. West Indies firm at 42/2 after 15 overs.

1320 hrs IST: Introduction of spin by Ishan Kishan. Washington Sundar comes on with West Indies at 32/2 after 10 overs.

1305 hrs IST: Had it not been for Sarfaraz’s knock, India U-19 would have had a much reduced target to defend. He reached a milestone in the process too.

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1303 hrs IST: GONE! Khaleel Ahmed strikes! Tevin Imlach goes for 15 and West Indies are 28/2 in the eighth over.

1240 hrs IST: OUT! Gidron Pope goes for 3 and West Indies suffer an early blow. The Caribbeaners are 5/1 as the usual suspect in Avesh Khan strikes.

1235 hrs IST: The ultimate question

1232 hrs IST: Some positive:

1230 hrs IST: Players are in the middle and the chase is on.

1227 hrs IST: Who do you think will emerge victorious in the end?

1209 hrs IST: Quite a turnaround in West Indies’ approach and fortunes.

1201 hrs IST: Sarfaraz Khan’s fifth fifty in the tournament is the only shining light in India’s disappointing batting. Score a meager 145 runs as West Indian pacers Alzarri Joseph (3/39) and Ryan John (3/38) make merry.

1200 hrs IST: ALL OUT! Rahul Batham goes back and India’s innings is wrapped up at 145.

1155 hrs IST: DROP! Keemo Paul drops an absolute sitter! Khaleel Ahmed doesn’t connect properly, ends up skying in the bowler’s direction but it is dropped.

1154 hrs IST: He’s got the time to do it.

1144 hrs IST: FOUR! Welcome boundary for India. Batham gets an edge and beats the keeper.

1139 hrs IST: OUT! Avesh Khan connects with the ball cleanly but it is returned with an equally well taken catch.

1132 hrs IST: OUT! And it’s the big fish! Sarfaraz departs at 51 runs off 89 balls. Ryan John catches the right-hander lbw. India now 120/8.

1123 hrs IST: OUT! Just as Sarfaraz and Dagar were possibly going towards something, the latter departs. Ryan John with the wicket and India are 116/7.

1120 hrs IST: FIFTY! The only positive so far for India U19 today has been Sarfaraz. Reaches his fifty from 83 balls, laced with five fours and one six.

1116 hrs IST: SIX! Sarfaraz hits India’s first six of the innings. Reaches 48 and India are up to 113/6.

1109 hrs IST: Mayank Dagar brings up India’s 100 with a four.

1102 hrs IST: Sure hope not!

1055 hrs IST: OUT! Mahipal Lomror goes for 19 from 43 balls as Chemar Holder strikes. Edges the ball back to keeper Tevin Imlach. India’s woes compounded at a score of 87/6.

1037 hrs IST: Alzarri Joseph has bowled nine overs and Chemar Holder has bowled eight in the West Indian push to get more wickets through the seamers. But will this backfire?

1027 hrs IST: The damage

 

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1010 hrs IST: Runs have dried up as India try to build something. Run-rate of 2.9 after 20 overs as India stand jittery at 58/5.

1004 hrs IST: Nice confident drives by new man in Mahipal Lomror. Only the fifth four of the innings as India are in a miserably spot.

1001 hrs IST: Despite India’s batting depth, this looks like an arduous ask reckons Aakash Chopra.

0956 hrs IST: OUT! Everything going downhill for India U-19 at Mirpur. Armaan Jaffer drives Shamar Springer and is taken at short cover. India in a messy situation at 50/5.

0944 hrs IST: OUT! Washington Sundar’s been patient in his 41-ball 7 runs but not beyond. Plays an uppish shot to Ryan John and is caught by Alzarri Joseph. India are in all sorts of bother now at 41/4.

0940 hrs IST: Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary continues to root for the boys despite a disappointing start.

0936 hrs IST: A very loud appeal! Sarfaraz lets that one go but there was a definite sound to deceive the West Indies players. Replay suggests it didn’t touch anything. Good call, Mr. Umpire!

0930 hrs IST: Former West Indies opener Daren Ganga also sends in his best wishes to the youngsters.

0920 hrs IST: At the end of the first Power Play, India are 34/3 with Washington Sundar and Sarfaraz Khan at the crease.

0905 hrs IST: UH-OH! Skipper Ishan Kishan plays across the line and is caught lbw by Joseph. India are 27/3 as the pacer picks up his third wicket.

0850hrs IST: West Indies junior side have the senior side’s captain looking over.

0847 hrs IST: OUT! Anmolpreet Singh, the saviour in the semi-final against Sri Lanka, goes back too. A gem of a delivery by Alzarri Joseph. There is pace and bounce forcing Anmolpreet to offer a shot but goes back to keeper. India are 8/2.

0840 hrs IST: India haven’t been tested so far in the tournament but Aakash Chopra expects that to change today.

0837 hrs IST: OUT! Pant is late to get back to his crease after leaving the ball through the keeper. Keeper reacts quickly and Rishabh Pant is gone. India are 3/1 after four balls only.

0814 hrs IST: Wishes come in from both camps:

0810 hrs IST: The teams:

 

0803 hrs IST: West Indies win the toss and opt to bowl first.

The build-up

Photogenic spinner looks for perfect final frame

Left-arm spinner Dagar is also a handy lower order batsman. Express Photo

In India U-19’s 15-member squad in which players come from diverse backgrounds, Mayank Dagar is the urbane one.

How Sammy’s gain means Joseph’s loss

The West Indies withstood lot of pressure from the Bangladesh crowd to reach the U-19 World Cup final. ICC

If seniors have their way, it would amount to less pay for domestic cricketers, including some of the juniors who guided West Indies to final.

Five India players to watch out for

India, playing their fifth U-19 World Cup final on Sunday, would like these five individuals to get going.

West Indies’ roller-coaster ride to final

West Indies take on India in the U-19 World Cup final on Sunday. (Source: ICC)

Here’s a look at West Indies U-19’s road to the U-19 World Cup final.