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Akbar’s heroics stun India, Bangladesh receive maiden World Cup glory


Bangladesh U19s have beaten India U19s by 3 wickets (D/L method) to take their first ever ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy on Sunday, February 9 at Potchefstroom. They knocked out India completely in the final – who entered the game unbeaten through the competition.

Akbar's heroics stun India, Bangladesh receive maiden World Cup glory

It’s their first ever World Cup in their cricket history. Bangladesh deserve every bit of the credit as they showed lots of aggression, lots of intensity and lots of passion throughout the whole tournament.

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In the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, India were all out for just 177 runs in 47.2 overs. As a result, India gave Bangladesh a 178-run target. Akbar Ali, the captain of Bangladesh, decided to field first on Sunday (February 7th), after winning the toss at South Africa’s Potchefstroom.

India had been under pressure since the start of the match as Bangladesh’s two pacer- Shoriful Islam and Tanzim Hasan Sakib proved captain Akbar Ali’s decision right.

Two openers- Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyaansh Saxena were struggling from the very beginning and managed to score just 8 runs in first six overs of Shoriful and Sakib.

Then another pacer Avishek Das came to bowl the 7th over. The pacer broke the opening pair of India in his first over. In the fourth ball of the over, he took the wicket of Divyaansh Saxena (2).

After that, Jaiswal and Tilak Varma managed the situation with much carefulness and made a partnership of 94-run in the second wicket. In the 29th over of the innings, Sakib brought the break-through for Bangladesh as he took the wicket of Tilak Varma. Tilak scored 38 runs off 65 balls with three fours.

New batsman Priyam Garg could not last much longer. Priyam was caught by Tanzid Hasan Tamim at the ball of Rakibul Hasan by 7 runs off 9 balls.

Then in-form Jaiswal pulled out India from the pressure as they’re in 114 runs for 3 wickets. But Shoriful Islam stopped his attack. Jaiswal was caught by Tamim at the ball of Shoriful in the 40th over of the innings. Jaiswal hit another half-century in the tournament and scored 88 runs of 121 balls with 8 fours and 1 six.

Shoriful raised the chance of hat-trick by taking the wicket of Siddhesh Veer in the next ball.

After Jaiswal’s departure, Numerically, it was a 51-ball franticness by the Indians, where they wound up discovering approaches to discard their wickets – seven of them – for only 21 runs. They had no answer to Bangladeshi bowlers at all.

Avishek Das was the most successful bowler in Bangladesh with 3 wickets at the cost of 40 runs in 9 overs. Shoriful Islam and Tanzim Hasan Shakib took two wickets each.

Chasing the target, two openers of Bangladesh- Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Parvez Hossain Emon gave a flying start to the team. They took 13 runs in the first over of Kartik Tyagi.

They continued their domination and completed 50 runs in just 8.2 overs. However, Tamim had to leave immediately after touching that mark. He scored 17 runs off 25 balls. Ravi Bishnoi took his wicket.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who scored a century in the previous match, could not do justice to his name. Bishnoi made his second victim of the match by taking his wicket. Joy scored 8 runs off 12 balls. Parvez Hossain also left the field with Joy. He left the field being retired hurt at 25 runs off 42 balls.

Soon afterwards, Towhid Hriday (0) and Shahadat Hossain (1) also threw Bangladesh in the back foot as they both got out by Bishnoi. Bangladesh were trembling losing 4 wickets at that stage.

Then, Akbar Ali, the captain of Bangladesh, took the responsibility of building the innings. But Shamim Hossain (7) and Avishek Das (5) could not support him. Later, Parvez Hossain returned to bat with injury. Parvez and Akbar then slowly built the innings and made Bangladesh team close to the victory.

But Jaiswal dismissed Akbar-Emon’s 41-run stand. Emon was caught by Akash Singh by 47 runs off 79 balls.

After that, Bangladesh was slowly approaching the victory with cool headed Akbar’s timely innings. But the rain came down in the 41th over. At that time the scorecard was 163 runs for 7 wickets. 15 runs were needed from 54 balls. Bangladesh were still leading by 18 runs in the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method.

After the rain, Bangladesh were back in batting. In the DLS system, the young Tigers needed just 7 runs off 30 balls. Bangladesh didn’t have to panic to take that run. They easily reached the winning port with the help of ‘Captain Fantastic’ Akbar Ali’s 43 run-innings and Rakibul Hasan’s 9-run innings.

Captain Akbar Ali was adjusted man of the match for his outstanding ‘cool-headed’ 43* runs off 77 balls with 4 fours and one six.

Scorecard:

India 177 (47.2 overs)

Yashasvi Jaiswal 88 (121), Tilak Varma 38 (65)

Avishek Das 3/40, Shoriful Islam 2/31

Bangladesh 170/7 (42.1 overs)

Parvez Hossain Emon 47 (79), Akbar Ali 43* (77)

Ravi Bishnoi 4/30, Sushant Mishra 2/25

Toss: Bangladesh U19s, elected to field first

Result: Bangladesh U19 won by 3 wickets (with 23 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Man of the Match: Akbar Ali

Player of the Tournament: Yashasvi Jaiswal

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