West Indies U-19’s World Cup campaign has seen plenty of ups and downs so far. Here’s a look at how they fared in the group and knockout stages of the tournament
England surprise: The Englishmen went on to put up a decent total of 282 runs on the board and in reply West Indies were bundled out for 221 runs, losing the match by 61 runs.
Fiji domination: After England low, the islanders took command of the situation when they met minnows Fiji in the next game. Taking full advantage of this encounter, the Calypso batsmen didn’t leave stone unturned and scored a mammoth 340. The young Fiji team was never able to cope up with such a huge task in front of them and whole team was back in the hut after scoring a paltry 78.
Must-win clash against Zimbabwe: Stage was totally set for the two teams as they locked horns to seal a quarter-final berth for themselves. West Indies were put into bat by the Zimbawean skipper Brandon Mavuta after he won the toss. Zimbabwe bowlers didn’t disappoint their captain as they left the opposition tottering at 188/7. Shamar Springer chipped in with a responsible half century as he scored a 71-ball 61. The lower order batsmen too showed a fair bit of resistance as West Indies compiled a total of 226 at the cost of 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
West Indies had to bowl well to stay alive in the competition and drama unfolded during their defence. Zimbabwe required 3 runs from the last over and had a wicket in hand. Fast bowler Keemo Paul removed the bails at the bowler’s end with the batsman a fraction out of his ground. ‘Mankading’ is rare and widely seen as unsporting but it sealed the game for the Windies. Well whether it was a tricky or a cunning gesture from the bowler, it surely earned West Indies a place in the quarter-final stage as they clinched the contest by 2 runs against Zimbabwe.
Pakistan upset: Paul’s effort didn’t go in vain as West Indies continued their run by beating Pakistan in the knockout stage by 5 wickets. In spite of a ton by the wicket-keeper batsman Umair Masood, the two-time World champions were not able to make a place in the semi-final rounds. The wicket-keeper batsman Tevin Imlach and the skipper Shimron Hetmyer hammered individual fifties to chase down a small total of 227 runs.
The hosts: In the semi-final West Indies met ‘surprise package’ Bangladesh. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh didn’t manage to post a good target. Mehndi Hasan Miraz showed fighting spirit and went on to score a fifty but his knock just wasn’t enough. West Indies, chasing the 227-run target, lost their way in the middle overs but crossed the line with three wickets and a little over an over to spare.