Tournament Favorites Indian Team was stumped by five wickets by the West Indies counterparts in the U19 world cup final in Bangladesh. This is their maiden Under-19 world cup title.
The West Indies bowling team ensured victory after dismissing the Indian team, coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, for 145 runs in 45.1 overs. Indian team gave their best until the end when Keemo Paul and Keacy Carty’s did not faze and crossed the target with three balls to spare.
From Indian side none of the top four batsmen were able to score runs in double digits, Sarfaraz Khan's 51, his fifth half-century in six matches made the score respectable.
Indian team was able to wind up 77-5 in the 29th over, however the next two batsmen Keemo Paul and Keacy Carty’s did not bend under the pressure and added 69 runs (40 not out) to end India's 15-match winning streak since their quarterfinal exit of the same tournament in 2014. India skipper Ishan Kishan blamed poor fielding for his team’s defeat in the final of the U-19 World Cup against the West Indies here, saying dropping crucial catches and missing run out chances hampered their cause immensely.
Man of the match Carty revealed that he was determined not to leave Bangladesh without a landmark. “We performed very well. It is a very good feeling. I told myself that I can’t leave the Under-19 World Cup without a landmark,” he said. The young player insisted that this win would inspire the youngster take West Indies back to its glorious days.
As the saying goes cricket is full of surprises, West Indies youngsters prove it right by defeating the series strongest team.